best way to get commercial contract?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by llama, Apr 11, 2003.

  1. llama

    llama LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    Any suggestions for a new company?
  2. bob

    bob LawnSite Platinum Member
    from DE
    Messages: 4,260

    Cold calling! I do it all the time. A new business doesn't think about the lawn right away. I found if you go in ,and give them a reasonable bid, most of the time the lawn is yours! The key is to give them a bid, before they start looking around. Your saving them the time and agrevation it takes to get lawn bids.
  3. llama

    llama LawnSite Member
    Messages: 165

    i guess you could use real estate info to help with this job.
  4. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    The only commercial work I have ever done has really just fallen into my hands by being in the right place at the right time. I would suggest just getting as much people time as you can. Talk to people you meet, let them know what you do.
  5. jeff_0

    jeff_0 LawnSite Senior Member
    from md
    Messages: 401

    what time of the year is best to start the cold calling...
  6. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I would suggest almost anytime of the year is good for cold calling..the earlier you get them setup as a customer the easier it is for you. I would not do any cold calling from Nov-Jan though. But I'm in Michigan so I think that the cold calling would vary by region.
  7. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,143

    Experience, and confidence. A good price might help too.;)
  8. TotalCareSolutions

    TotalCareSolutions LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 518

    Feb. down here, probably best time. Contracts differ and things change, so anytime is a good time to at least ask:

    1) Are you accepting proposals?
    2) When will you be accepting proposals?

    3) I couldnt help but notice your establishment looks like s##t, could I propose a TotalCareSolution?
  9. fox

    fox LawnSite Member
    from MN
    Messages: 57

    contact local property managment companies. i have worked with several.
  10. Get on you hands and knees and beg...

    What works for one doesn't work for another.

    Persistence gets accounts, but don't be a pain in the heine.

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