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What to do

Discussion in 'Fertilizer Application' started by aference1, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. aference1

    aference1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    I have ran a lawn & landscape business for a long time. Now I am getting calls to bid on commercial properties. I dont fertilize and never have. I do have a guy that says he can do it for me if I hire him as a independent contractor. Is that true? On the other hand, does anyone have a good formula for pricing?
  2. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Materials + time, is a good formula. Fertilizing is best done in coordination with water and warmth. If I were you , I would do it myself to be sure the customer is happy.
    Many unhappy clients of TGCL... :)
  3. aference1

    aference1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 42

    The problem with me doing it myself is im to busy with landscaping
  4. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Charge whatever the sub needs plus your hassle time.
    Problem there is - he wants the competetive price and you are going to require more on top of that. The client is no longer paying a competetive price.
    Charge a finder's fee to the sub and have him take care of the client exclusively.
    Or let the sub do the pricing and you add 10%.
    Its hard to say, because every situation is different, but the idea of working with a sub is much cheaper than employees. So make a deal if you can. Be sure he is not derelict in anyway, as that reflects on you as well.

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