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Commercial Accounts using a Broker

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lech615, Dec 16, 2001.

  1. Lech615

    Lech615 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 105

    Has anyone ever tried to use a Broker to help them get Commercial accounts? I know someone who uses them to get Commercial Cleaning accounts. Wonder if it is worth looking into?

  2. yergus

    yergus LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    I have a tree farm that is serving as a broker. he has several companies that he refers, depending on price and specialty. it will start next season as he is relocating his spot to retail., let you know next season
  3. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

  4. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    just make sure you're not the one who ends up BROKER!!!:rolleyes:
  5. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    I have a pretty high opinion of Service Magic. We are registered with and get referrals from them. Just got a big job last week as a matter of fact. But I don't think they would lead to commercial jobs though. It's more geared toward the homeowner.

    There are other companies like http://www.nationalcontractors.com/ who seem to be more set up to get you bids on commercial jobs. But I haven't ever used them.

    As for brokers in general, I think the idea is a great one, as long as the fees are reasonable. I know the fees that I pay from Service Magic are totally reasonable.
  6. heygrassman

    heygrassman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 509

    Could you elaborate in a ball park about the costs of these leads?

    Thank you in advance

  7. Chuck Sinclair

    Chuck Sinclair LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 336


    They go from $8.00 to $35.00 for the leads.
  8. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    Service Magic Lead Fees;

    Lawn maintenance = $8
    Repair or maintain sprinkler sys. = $8
    Landscaping = $15
    Install Sod = $15
    Install sprinkler sys. = $15
    Install pond / water fall = $25

    Keep in mind they send leads to [up to] 3 different contractors. So you aren't guaranteed the job. But I find if we get there first we have a pretty good shot at it. And a lot of times we're the only ones who even show up.

    It should be noted that you have to be licensed, bonded and insured to use Service Magic. And they check.
  9. VLM

    VLM LawnSite Member
    Messages: 189

    Y'all forgot to mention that Service Magic has a one time $99.00 set up fee.
  10. JimLewis

    JimLewis LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,872

    I didn't know that. I never had to pay that because I was initially with a similar service called Handiman Online and they were recently acquired by Service Magic. I never paid a setup fee.

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