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Old 11-06-2013, 09:50 PM
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to clarify what my relationship would be to these folks - I aggressively market my design and project management services to homeowners in my area. So these design-build companies aren't looking to sub that to me; what they want is for me to do the work of acquiring my client, taking them all the way through the design process, and turn the client over to them in exchange for a couple hundred bucks "finder's fee." It's an awesome deal for them. And because they have their own staff designer(s), I get precisely zero referrals coming the other way. So I come into these conversations extremely skeptical and maybe (on a bad day) extremely blunt.

For lawncare companies, I feel like a stock photo of green grass is fine until you can get some nice shots of your own work. But it's cut grass. That's way different from a gunite pool with a flagstone deck and crazy waterfalls spilling into it that you're passing off as your own
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Old 11-06-2013, 09:58 PM
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For lawncare companies, I feel like a stock photo of green grass is fine until you can get some nice shots of your own work. But it's cut grass. That's way different from a gunite pool with a flagstone deck and crazy waterfalls spilling into it that you're passing off as your own
Bingo.

Good topic you brought up, PaperCutter.
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Old 11-06-2013, 11:08 PM
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I would probably tell them, nicely, to come back when they have a portfolio of their own work to show you and your clients.

And really, just a small "finders fee"? DM me and I will tell you what our designers get when we do one of there jobs.
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Old 11-07-2013, 05:09 AM
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The topic seemed timely

And headz, I would never accept something that low because even with my trusted team of installers I'm on site throughout the build and fielding calls and emails from the client. I'm not giving up compensation for all that time so I can throw some random mope a bone.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:14 PM
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The topic seemed timely

And headz, I would never accept something that low because even with my trusted team of installers I'm on site throughout the build and fielding calls and emails from the client. I'm not giving up compensation for all that time so I can throw some random mope a bone.
I misread his proposition as your actual way of doing things. Glad I was wrong :-)
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:39 PM
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I misread his proposition as your actual way of doing things. Glad I was wrong :-)
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