Networking with other companies...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by nobagger, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. nobagger

    nobagger LawnSite Gold Member
    from Pa
    Posts: 3,065

    How many actually network with other companies and how effective is it? I am friends with a few other lawn care services in my city and we stay in contact with each other often. I was just wondering if any one else networks or "trades off" accounts to fit their needs better.
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,494

    We do it alot. We have several services and friends that we trade accounts with (locationwise), help each other out on accounts if they (or we get in a bind), work on equipment, and give each other work. It works rather well.
  3. DistLawns

    DistLawns LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 120

    We do a little, just have to make sure you can trust them.
  4. Sybran

    Sybran LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    we do it all the time here there is a group of about 5-6 companies that all work together.
  5. T. Matthews

    T. Matthews LawnSite Member
    Posts: 206

    Definitely, I have people that are larger that me and I send them stuff I can't handle and when they have stuff thats too small I get them. It's great for business I think.
  6. mole

    mole LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    always good to network with other people you never know when you might need something in a pinch. like a tow or a mower or just some help on a project. we do it all the time
  7. jtkplc

    jtkplc LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,646

    I haven't really done it yet, but I am friends with a couple LCO's in my area and we would help each other out no doubt. So far, there haven't been any circumstances where that would happen.

    RICHIE K LawnSite Senior Member
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  9. LawnBrother

    LawnBrother LawnSite Senior Member
    from SW Ohio
    Posts: 867

    Definitely. Networking with other companies and people is one of the best things you can do for your business. Always be on the lookout to make new contacts. Whether it is companies offering similar or different services to your own, or two non-competing companies on the opposite sides of town sharing referrals, or bigger companies and smaller companies doing the same, it is usually a win-win situation.
  10. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,581

    I network with about 5 other landscapers. GRN_MTN is one of them.

    Also network with roofers, home builders, painters, deck builders, driveway sealing companies, electrical, car dealers, etc..

    We advertise each other (I have business cards for about 30 companies that I would actually be willing to recommend to someone). Mention to the customer if they ever need anyone you can set them up.

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