Bidding

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by des1477, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. des1477

    des1477 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    How do I find commercial accounts and how do u bid them? I have no clue where to start.
     
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,220

    ya may wanna wait untill you do a ton of houses, and work up to it....

    BELIVE ME, there's nothing worse than being locked in to a contract where your loosing money
     
  3. des1477

    des1477 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 49

    thanks 4 the info
     
  4. IMAGE

    IMAGE LawnSite Bronze Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 1,134

    I sent a nice professional letter to every property management company in town, about 90 letters. It was a form letter, just personalized with thier name and address, addressed to the Property Manager. I just got an email with bid specifications for 36 properties, and a phone call saying I will be mailed specifications for another 200. Off of that mailing I also got to place a bid on a good size lawn/snow contract. I am hoping to have enough commercial work lined up by march 31st to not have to do any residential advertising.

    Just make sure you know your numbers. Research, Research, Research. I bet I have have averaged 5 hours a day on both lawnsite and plowsite since last Thanksgiving(when I decided to start this business). I just read and read on here, there is tons of good knowledge in these threads. I find myself reading 5 yr old threads and taking notes! Also I get good ideas from members here, then google it, and find best prices, or other information sources, etc...

    Back to your question. I also go door to door(businesses only) and ask them if they would like a bid for the upcoming yr. If they say yes I try to get it to them within 2 business days, and always present it in person, in a nice folder, and on professional letter head. You can also cold call businesses, but I find that I can walk in and get a better reception then from a call.
     

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