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Insured and Licensed. Ready for Commercial

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by chris brauch, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. chris brauch

    chris brauch LawnSite Member
    Messages: 130

    Hey guys, i just started a LLC and got liability insurance for my new lawn care company. i have been doing residential for a while just on the side for cash, but i am ready to try to get some commercial accounts. Any tips on the best way to accomplish this? what has been the best way to acquire these commercial accounts? with residential, i just went knocking on doors, passed out flyers, and had a newspaper advertisement. My other question is, at banks, gas stations, and fast food establishments, how do you guys not get ANY grass clippings at all around landscapes like mulch and flower beds. Is it bagged or just cut so often?
  2. highlander316

    highlander316 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    first question, why commercial accounts? Why not residential?
  3. mwlawns

    mwlawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    I do not think you are ready for commercial.
  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 7,961

    Commercial accounts have good and bad too.
  5. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,762

    I agree. Commercial can have a lot more headaches than residential, make sure you know what you are getting into
  6. 2stroked

    2stroked LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 296

    Not trying to sound rude, but it is best to start out for a couple years in residential. I have 1 commercial account and it can be a pain in the ass sometimes!
  7. Blades Lawn Maintenance

    Blades Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Baton Rouge, La
    Messages: 1,229

    Why do y'all prefer residential over commercial?
  8. Kkane97

    Kkane97 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    IMHO stay with the residential accounts, I also have 1 commercial account and it can be such a pain, dodging people on the side walk while mowing or trying to schedule it between hours. 1 is just enough for me :dizzy:

    As the your question, I got reffered to the place of business by one of my current residentials, her best friend owns the place and needed someone, my customer told her that I do an awesome job and the business owner gave me a call. Try going to the POB and asking if they may be interested
  9. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,727

    commercial accounts around here mostly have a yearly bid that goes out. Find out who is the property manager write them a letter explaining who you are and what you can do. Be warned a lot of commercial managers shy away from new start ups until they have been established for a few years. Also, how much liability insurance do you have, all of ours require at least $1M.
  10. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,803

    read this.
    Commercial work is fun (sarcastic). It pays very well if you bid it correctly from the get go. As far as getting commercial work...its all in who you know. Network and it will come to you. I tried cold calling over the winter and got no positive responses. Its really no different than residential other than sometimes more people/cars and a bigger area to keep up with.

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