Asking all small operations..

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jajwrigh, Feb 11, 2004.

  1. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    Do any of you other guys feel the frusterations associated with trying to get a few decent commercial accounts? I spent several hours today submitting proposals and following up on others. Sometimes it looks dismal ....but I am going to stick with until March. What do you guys have to say?
     
  2. MudslinginFX4

    MudslinginFX4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,170

    Commercial accounts are always hard to get in the beginning but once you have done a few for some time they will be easier to get. You will be better at bidding for them and you will also start receiving things in the mail about bidding on others. Make sure you have a lot of residential yards to support you.
     
  3. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    I tried all the time my first year in business to get commercial accounts. But year after year after i do more work for residential clients, the owners of the commercial properties see the work, either by driving by and see my sign in the yard, or are firends with the people i work for, and they call me now. Just give it time, do good work, and they will call you asking to place bids.
     
  4. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

    ...but I am going to stick with until March. What do you guys have to say? [/B][/QUOTE]You had better plan on sticking with it a lot longer!!!
     
  5. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Posts: 1,405

    Do you bid continously on commercial accounts year round? Good thing I have strength in residential accounts...
     
  6. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,308

     
  7. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Posts: 1,557

    It also doesnt hurt to have so inside connections with some people who work for the businesses. They can get you the info when the bids are coming up again. Ive found alot of times no one wants to tell you much of anything.
     
  8. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    We don't do commercials,not worth the hassle to me.
     
  9. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,913

    I'll have too admit .... I have always been attracted to “Commercial’ accounts …. N here 7 years later almost 60% of my base is “Resi’s” BUT 60% of my Gross is given to my commercial accounts

    Understand thou my Resi’s are far more dedicated …. Keeping good Commercial is based ALL on GOOD Communication
     
  10. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Posts: 4,205

    Fantasy,
    Just curious if you know off hand what your profit margin is on commercial versus residential?
     

Share This Page