First commercial proposal

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by Keegan, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 606

    I received an e mail today for a proposal at small apt. complex for organic lawn care. This would be my first commercial job and I have never written a proposal fro a commercial account before.
    What needs to be in a proposal for commercial work?
     
  2. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

    cheap prices
     
  3. HayBay

    HayBay LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Posts: 846

    If you are doing weed control

    Don't guarantee a weed free lawn.

    State that several years are required for best results.

    Make sure the products you are using are legal to use in your area.

    You may need to be licensed and have 2million plus in liability insurance.

    If you are using meal type products wish for a forklift and flat bed truck. 20/lbs per 1000 is a lot.

    Don't use a new product you haven't tested on your own lawn first.

    Be reminded of Shelf Life and Rodent Control.

    This advice is coming from a person who actually uses organic/alternative products commercially. So it may not be worth much.

    Good luck and Congratulations.
     
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2010
  4. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 606

    After I gave my first proposal they asked for 3 more proposals on 3 more very large properties.
    I wondered if I screwed up on my first bid but re checked and it's fine. I didn't even get the first one yet. Just wondering what their thinking may be.
     
  5. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,575

    Did they provide specs, or are you designing a program for them?
    What are their expectations?
     
  6. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,115

    Good for you you are obviously doing something right, CT has a very high level of awareness on chemicals
     
  7. Keegan

    Keegan LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 606

    They are not providing specs. I will be giving them a program.
     
  8. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,575

    In that case, it's important that you both have an understanding of their expectations and goals, especially regarding weeds.
     
  9. OrganicsMaine

    OrganicsMaine LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 553

    what would a realistic expectation be for weeds Barry?
     
  10. phasthound

    phasthound LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,575

    There will be weeds. :)

    Honestly, it will depend upon the site conditions, amount of money spent, expertise of applicator, will some herbicides be acceptable, etc.
     

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