Better Business Bureau

tazman

LawnSite Member
Is anybody out there a member of the Better Business Bureau? They are trying to get me to join for $445 a year. I don't know if it is very beneficial for me or not.

Thanks
 

Scraper

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
SE Pennsylvania
I don't know how much of a help it would be as most people (including myself) look at them as a place to go to to complain about businesses. I'd save the $445 and join your local Chamber of Commerce.
 

jcoat

LawnSite Member
Location
Muskogee OK
WIthin the last year I took a Business seminar in Tulsa and "all" of the instructors complained because there is not much representation by the BBB and if there is, it's for businesses who lay down money above the initial $445. You might ask for a list and/or compile your own, do some calling to see how much visability other businesses receive. $445? Man, they better give me some bang for the buck!
 

Lazer

LawnSite Bronze Member
The BBB is a badge that crooks wear to make them look legit.






Here's what happens: Let's say Joe owns XYZ lawn care. He's behind on bills. He leaves $50,000 unpaid to local vendors. (Topsoil supplier, equipment dealer, auto parts store, etc.) He also collects from customers and never completes the job. Some of his employees go unpaid and file with the labor board.

BBB is supposed to help identify crooks like that, right?

Next year Joe calls himself AAA lawn care and registers with the BBB. You call the BBB about him and he checks out fine.

I know of no less than 6 examples where this has happened in lawn care in my market. ALL were BBB members.




The BBB is a badge that crooks wear to make them look legit.






My $.02:
Become a member of your local Chamber of Commerce and pocket the rest.
 

Bobby

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Central Florida
bbb
They called our office a few years ago. Very important that I contact them immediately. I thought the worst, so when I reached them, they reassured me that there was no problem.
They wanted me to join.I guess they figure that when you realise that your not in trouble, you'll be a push-over.
Sounds like manipulation to me.
I declined there pitch.
 

thelawnguy

LawnSite Silver Member
Location
Central CT
Read Lazers post. Works the same way here on the East coast.
 

bob

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
DE
Save your $445. Joining BBB won't get you $445 worth of business. It would be a useless feather in your cap.
 

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