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How did you get your Commercial jobs?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by CoreyD, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. CoreyD

    CoreyD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    j/w how yall got your commercial jobs.... for those of you who pass out flyers only and do not advertise in the paper or anything ...... i have the equipment now for a commercial job...id love to do something like a school football field or something... so howed yall get your commercial jobs??.... word of mouth?.... just going in and asking them if they needed a yard man?.... lol
  2. CoreyD

    CoreyD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    it may be a stupid question but i wanted to ask it....
  3. charmill26

    charmill26 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 369

    might wanna wait more than 12 mintues for a response. but other than that i can't help ya out as i only do residentials
  4. Liquidfast

    Liquidfast LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 739

    It helps to know someone in a position to hire you for a comm property. Also, my starting secret was to just LOOK at comm properties that were poorly maintained and I took over from there. You gotta be a talker. When you do land a comm property (and you will) be sure to ask and then use them as a reference when bidding other properties.

    Our first comm property came 2 years into the biz so be patient. Good luck!
  5. CoreyD

    CoreyD LawnSite Member
    Messages: 207

    thanks liquid for actually telling me somthing about my question....

    unlike charmill there who just posted something to tell me how impatient I am....
  6. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Messages: 0

    Biggest problem your going to have this time of year is most companies are going to have a maintenance company already in place. When chasing commercial accounts you should start in early January.

    Alot of larger companies start taking bids in August for the following season.
    I personally submit a letter to each commercial property that I'm interested in servicing, I briefly tell them about our company, our services, and provide them a basic estimate for comparison to thier current provider.
  7. bigmudder77

    bigmudder77 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 297

    one of the problims with going to a place that there yard looks like crap is that they probaly cant afford to have some one cut there lawn
  8. abuckeye

    abuckeye LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I have at least 3 large bids out that have yet to make a decision. I have been cutting for a week now. I don't know if they got a late start or what. I didn't get a bid letter from one of them until March 23. I think you can get commercial work anytime of year, but late winter or early spring is the best.
  9. N.H.BOY

    N.H.BOY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,603

    Yea Id say letters and also going in a few weeks after and asking them. And if they have someone ask for bid sheet for next year.
  10. NELawnCare

    NELawnCare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 175

    I don't have any commercial work yet, but I am pursuing it. I physically called the businesses and asked to speak to whomever accepts bids for seasonal services. Two businesses (a bank and a condo) were very cooperative and I have pending bids or dates they will accept bids.

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