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Old 02-16-2007, 11:53 AM
Larson Lawn Care Larson Lawn Care is offline
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Telling the customers about sub contracting!

I will be sub contracting a few services. On my doorhanger, I advertise that we can handle all of their lawns needs. When someone calls me, and asks if I do fertilizing (which I will be sub contracting) what should I tell them...What do you guys tell them.
-I was thinking about telling them: "We do not personally do the fertilizing, we subcontract it out." I don't really know the most professional way to tell them about the situation. I don't want to scare people off!
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Old 02-16-2007, 12:14 PM
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You need to get in good with the people you are subbing to, then you can price for them. That way you tell the customer a price for a total package and then explain the subbing part, but also explain that you take all responsibility for the subs, if they have a problem call you and you take care of it. After all that is why you mark up subs service.
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Old 02-16-2007, 01:32 PM
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Let them know that since you do primarily mowing, that you use another company that strictly does applications and are more knowledgable in the area. This is done to provide them the service and quality that they deserve.
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:41 AM
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You need to get in good with the people you are subbing to, then you can price for them.


I am the sub and while I have worked for some very knowledgeable and trustworthy folks,
I do all my pricing.
I will share info with the contractor so that he/she can give a "ball park" but again I do the final pricing.



also explain that you take all responsibility for the subs, if they have a problem call you and you take care of it. After all that is why you mark up subs service.
AMEN!
It is required that my company info (and phone number) be on the info that is left behind when a treatment is done.
While it doesnt happen often, I have had the contractors customer call me for what is usually a totally unrelated concern.
I will always notify the contractor so that they can handle the problem.

And last but not least when its time to pay the sub, remember the sub works for you not for the individual customer

Your trouble getting paid by Mrs Homeowner is not his problem.
The work was done. Always be sure to pay your sub as agreed.
You owe the sub, The homeowner does not.
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:45 AM
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You need to get in good with the people you are subbing to, then you can price for them. That way you tell the customer a price for a total package and then explain the subbing part, but also explain that you take all responsibility for the subs, if they have a problem call you and you take care of it. After all that is why you mark up subs service.
I am the sub.
While I work for some very knowledgeable and trustworthy folks I do the final pricing.
I will share info so that the contractor can give a "ball park" but again the final price comes from me.

Always remember the sub works for you.
Your collections troubles are not his concern.
Always pay him/her as agreed.
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:08 AM
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Thanks guys!
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