Commercial work issues

BrandonV

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Central NC
I thought I'd share this with some of you upstart guys who are always gunning for the big commercial contracts. We have just a handful of commercial work because in our area there is NO $ in it whatsoever. We do them basically as a way to keep the mowers busy on Monday/Tuesday since the bulk of our resi properties demand Thurs/Friday service. It's hard.

One of them is a BIG national company that has a plant in town that we took over a couple of years ago because it pretty much looked abandoned and they needed to meet some standards. It looks pretty decent now but is by no means a showplace. Well they emailed last week wanting to switch to once a month service OR maybe quarterly. HA! We only service weekly. But just for fun I told our coordinator to tell them we'd love to but it'll at the same price we're charging. In my mind it'd take 4 times as long if you're only gonna be there every 4 weeks.

It's a small contract and we're turning work away as is but still the absurdity of it.
 

Toro44

LawnSite Senior Member
diversifying your business is the best way to prevent you from doing work for nothing. I would have dropped them before the words finished coming out of their mouth.
 

DA Quality Lawn & YS

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Rochester, MN
diversifying your business is the best way to prevent you from doing work for nothing. I would have dropped them before the words finished coming out of their mouth.

This here is the answer. Better to idle mowers down and do some landscaping or applications work instead.
 

DA Quality Lawn & YS

LawnSite Fanatic
Location
Rochester, MN
If you aren't netting anything off those accounts...why even mess with them though?
 

notoriousSTV

LawnSite Member
Location
Atlanta, Ga
Shouldn't be any worries about this one. Give them your contract to sign, your terms.
Let them try to find someone else during busy season.. if/when they come back next year name your price.
 

TruCutLawnCareTX

LawnSite Member
Location
Texas
Change your terms for future commercial contracts. We require payment on the 1st for service for that month. We pause service on past due accounts and have the right to terminate due to past due balances after a certain time frame and charge a cancellation fee. Any company that pushes back against that isn’t one you want to work with anyway.
 

Mello Living

LawnSite Member
Location
Burlington NC
This post does not pass the smell test . Total BS . You want me to believe a "BIG national " company that you service weekly ( you say that's all you do is weekly) now wants monthly or quarterly ? ( eye roll ) You also say " We have just a handful of commercial work because in our area there is NO $ in it whatsoever " For you I guess ,but doubt you have any , and your "turning away work " sure
 

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