Ever switch account's with another LCO to condense your route?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by CharlieBingo, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. CharlieBingo

    CharlieBingo LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 400

    Seems like it would make sense to get more accounts per stop. Any opinions?
  2. TurfGuyTX

    TurfGuyTX LawnSite Senior Member
    from DFW
    Posts: 648

    I've switched with friends that I have in the business.
  3. MarcSmith

    MarcSmith LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,157

    When I owned my business in Orlando, I actually bid on a contract too large for myself to handle (knowingly) and hired a grass cutter who I knew from my neighborhood(he had a few contracts) as a Sub (yes he used his own equipment) since he was more or less Homeowner only and had no contracts, he was happy to have some gauranteed income....And to put the icing on the cake when I sold the business and the contracts when I left FLA I let him buy the contract from me on a payment plan. He then talked the HOA into letting him do the work through out the week rather than one day. So he basicaly became a permant maintenace guy for them as well...While keeping goo dmoney coming in...
  4. proenterprises

    proenterprises LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,297

    it seems like it would be a good idea as long you were on good terms with the other lco's in your area. it seems like it would make things much more efficient.
  5. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    Yeah, thats a good idea......Hey....Ive got a couple of accounts out of my way....I bid them way too cheap, but I will trade you them for ones closer to my route. You know the ones......The gravy ones where you are in and out quick and make great money? Yeah, those.
  6. sildoc

    sildoc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,925

    Nope. Too confusing for the customer. Being billed by you and Joe Lawncare shows up. Who's to say he won't screw you later. I have alot of friends that are LCO's and want to keep it that way. No enemies means more work.
  7. LLandscaping

    LLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,016

    We have two lawn contractors that we give work to if it is out of our area, to large for us to tackle, or we dont provide that service. We will not swap customers, because there is confusion between which company actually provides service. You can easily have customers and contractors mad and develop a bad reputation.
  8. grass-scapes

    grass-scapes LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,552

    My post was meant to be a joke. I wouldn't do it. you will never know the whole story about how you got those crappy accounts from your "friend"
  9. Smithers

    Smithers LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,265


    i love your logo. did u go to UF? i did too. '94-'99.

    i am too new to know any other lco's. i'd not switch....
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    How do you go about "switching" accounts I would like to know? And I would be real interested in knowing what the customer thinks of this. :dizzy:

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