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Old 07-01-2014, 08:29 PM
LawnsharkMB LawnsharkMB is offline
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Solo operation-commercial or residential?

I'm 95% residential right now. Half mowing, half fert/squirt. I've got some room to grow. As a solo operation (I think I might prefer to stay solo) should I go after commercial accounts or keep adding on the residentials? I'm thinking about going after a couple commercial accounts for 2015, but I'm worried property managers aren't going to give a solo guy much of a look. Plus I know HOA's can be a headache. If I'm planning on staying solo should I go after these properties or would residential customers be more profitable and reliable?
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:38 PM
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As solo guy as well in the world of business its whoever is cheapest. Ive done the bidding and the homework and i was actually out bid by $5. Its frustrating but if you get in good then your golden. I going to bid some big commercial since i have two ztrs to keep busy. The residents are nice but it always a 50/50 game at the beginning of the year.
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:41 PM
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Commercial tend to be cheap skates. Stick to residental if you want to make money
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Old 07-01-2014, 08:46 PM
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Commercial tend to be cheap skates. Stick to residental if you want to make money
What is that statement based on?
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:08 PM
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How about trying to land some commercial fert and squirts first? If they like your work they might give you a chance to bid on the rest of it.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:18 PM
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How about trying to land some commercial fert and squirts first? If they like your work they might give you a chance to bid on the rest of it.
Never thought of that. Are there really a lot of properties out there that have a different company do the fertilizing?
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:20 PM
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Never thought of that. Are there really a lot of properties out there that have a different company do the fertilizing?
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:23 PM
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Never thought of that. Are there really a lot of properties out there that have a different company do the fertilizing?
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It is a mixed bag here as there are several strong players in the fert biz including some locals. Heck, it is worth a shot. What can you lose by asking?

Whiffy is correct though, many of the larger outfits do it all including fertilizer.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:24 PM
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As solo guy as well in the world of business its whoever is cheapest. Ive done the bidding and the homework and i was actually out bid by $5. Its frustrating but if you get in good then your golden. I going to bid some big commercial since i have two ztrs to keep busy. The residents are nice but it always a 50/50 game at the beginning of the year.
Do you run into people that are hesitant to hire you because you're solo?

I sometimes make it seem that I have employees to avoid that problem. Not really a lie, I do have a couple guys that help on the side but I'm alone 99% of the time.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:25 PM
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It is a mixed bag here as there are several strong players in the fert biz including some locals. Heck, it is worth a shot. What can you lose by asking?

Whiffy is correct though, many of the larger outfits do it all including fertilizer.
What you may try doing is working with a larger maintenance company that isn't licensed for apps. Therefore that would allow them to go after more properties that require apps in their contract.

You would basically do the work and collect a check. Property owners usually don't fool with splitting contracts up
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