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Old 06-16-2012, 05:28 PM
chris brauch chris brauch is offline
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Insured and Licensed. Ready for Commercial

Hey guys, i just started a LLC and got liability insurance for my new lawn care company. i have been doing residential for a while just on the side for cash, but i am ready to try to get some commercial accounts. Any tips on the best way to accomplish this? what has been the best way to acquire these commercial accounts? with residential, i just went knocking on doors, passed out flyers, and had a newspaper advertisement. My other question is, at banks, gas stations, and fast food establishments, how do you guys not get ANY grass clippings at all around landscapes like mulch and flower beds. Is it bagged or just cut so often?
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:56 PM
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first question, why commercial accounts? Why not residential?
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:58 PM
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I do not think you are ready for commercial.
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Old 06-16-2012, 06:59 PM
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Commercial accounts have good and bad too.
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Old 06-16-2012, 08:03 PM
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I do not think you are ready for commercial.
I agree. Commercial can have a lot more headaches than residential, make sure you know what you are getting into
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:22 PM
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Not trying to sound rude, but it is best to start out for a couple years in residential. I have 1 commercial account and it can be a pain in the ass sometimes!
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Old 06-16-2012, 11:57 PM
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Why do y'all prefer residential over commercial?
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Old 06-17-2012, 12:10 AM
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IMHO stay with the residential accounts, I also have 1 commercial account and it can be such a pain, dodging people on the side walk while mowing or trying to schedule it between hours. 1 is just enough for me


As the your question, I got reffered to the place of business by one of my current residentials, her best friend owns the place and needed someone, my customer told her that I do an awesome job and the business owner gave me a call. Try going to the POB and asking if they may be interested
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:11 AM
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commercial accounts around here mostly have a yearly bid that goes out. Find out who is the property manager write them a letter explaining who you are and what you can do. Be warned a lot of commercial managers shy away from new start ups until they have been established for a few years. Also, how much liability insurance do you have, all of ours require at least $1M.
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Old 06-17-2012, 09:44 AM
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Commercial work is fun (sarcastic). It pays very well if you bid it correctly from the get go. As far as getting commercial work...its all in who you know. Network and it will come to you. I tried cold calling over the winter and got no positive responses. Its really no different than residential other than sometimes more people/cars and a bigger area to keep up with.
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