Contracts Expiry

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by alpine692003, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Welp, most of the commercial accounts are expired @ the end of the month of Oct.. I know because I called the commercial accounts and they said, they are expiried and will be seeking out bids for commercial sites in the early '05 season, ie) Jan-Feb for the 9-10month season.

    I hope I get at least one bid and contract for next year, hope the best goes for you guys as well...
  2. Soupy

    Soupy LawnSite Gold Member
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    Good luck to you. I hope you do well.

    I don't bid on commercial because I hate the whole ideal of competing for bids. I only work for people that call me and want my work, not my price. But there is good money in it. I used to do commercial, until I realized I was just a $ amount and my work meant nothing. It sucks to lose work every year because of a formality such as bids. Especially when they are for property managers. You can break a lot of eggs in your basket real fast.

    RICHIE K LawnSite Senior Member
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  4. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Ahh... I've never worked on a commercial site before, this is my 1st year in business.

    I would like to try it out next year hopefully...

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
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    I agree with Soupy, most commercial accounts are won on price alone. When your contract is up, the property will bid it out to numerous LCOs, and odds are someones gonna come in lower than you. And even though you may have been doing a great job all along, they'll give it to someone else.

    In my area, the large commercial accounts are dominated by the big, commercial-only LCOs, like Brickman, TruGreen, Chapel Valley, etc. A small or mid-size LCO can get their foot in the door with smaller commercial props, though.

    Even with the big boys, I never see the same LCO on the same property for more than a couple of seasons.
  6. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Hi alpine692003,

    Good luck to you on your bids! Let us know how they work out.
  7. alpine692003

    alpine692003 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks Team Gopher,

    I read so many of your posts and you are always optimistic.. Anyways, I read some of your posts and I remember some where it said, "Don't wait for the jobs to find you, find the jobs"

    After reading somewhere, I did just that.. I phoned up this company who was looking for someoen to take over a 24unit complex and they liked what I had to offer and knew what I was talking about...

    So the company decided to pass me this contract for a few months until she got better, (this is from another company that sub'ed it out to me)

    So, I guess we'll see... $1300 a month...

    Lots of lawn, its a pretty big place! :cool2: :cool2:
  8. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
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    i plan in spring 2005 after i get going and buy a bigger mower, to try to take on at least one small aprt complex. i also think commercial is a waste if you haft to bid once a year to :realmad: . but on the plus side its a steady pay if the residential slows down at least you have that to keep income coming in. payup

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