how to win commercial bids and find new jobs

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by woodlawnservice, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. italianstallion69

    italianstallion69 LawnSite Member
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    yes getting contracts is the hardest part.

    but I will say that we have sub opportunities in 3 states (not Oklahoma yet but stay tuned)

    If you would be open to subbing work in Oklahoma let me know.

    We work for retail stores/ dollar general/ olive garden+darden restaraunts/hampton inn/ medexpress/

    at the large chain levels its alot less about "knowing what you are doing" than who you know.

    gas stations i do not do- no Budget! if they cant match our minimum numbers i dont even work on them.
     
  2. italianstallion69

    italianstallion69 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    the truth is once u get in with a company, unless you mess up badly, they wont bid it.

    we have a client that we have done 4 stores for. we do not have to 'bid' it. we just give them a number and get the job.
     
  3. woodlawnservice

    woodlawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    Right I understand that... this is how the company I'm working with does now.... that being said it was sheer luck I got in with them... through family connection...Im always looking to expand so how do u guys find new work....other than the companies u work with on everyday level...
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  4. italianstallion69

    italianstallion69 LawnSite Member
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    we work with major national companies on a everyday basis. do you service oklahoma city?

    the real problem for us isnt getting contracts its
    1 getting good enough crews to execute far away contracts
    2 retaining crew leaders. ive lost 2 to duis already. if you cant drive you are fired.
     
  5. italianstallion69

    italianstallion69 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 108

    woodlawn,

    do you have
    1 skid steer or tractor with fel?
    2 mini ex to plant trees ?
    3 how many crew?

    let me know about oklahoma city if interested in work.
     
  6. woodlawnservice

    woodlawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    1. Skid-yes
    2.Mini- no we rent generally or depending on size of trees dig by hand
    3.we generally run a crew of 3 but depending on work load that number goes up to 5.. laborers are easy to find.. skill is the hard part
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  7. sgbotsford

    sgbotsford LawnSite Member
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    I'm starting to phone each small municipality within reasonable driving distance. Find out who the buyer is. Invite them out to the tree farm.

    We have a provincial tendering process for big jobs (I think $100,000 is the base) below that municipalities can tender locally, and for stuff below some minimum they can just buy it. I'm aiming for that bottom category -- the $1-5 K job. (I'm a one person operation.) But to do that, you ahve to know the guy on the ground.
     

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