kickbacks? friendly thank you? seriously...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Carolina Cuts, Feb 14, 2008.

  1. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    do any of you have friends or relatives that "take care of you" or push your name as an LCO???

    I have a friend here who has got me a considerable amount of work $$$ or has at least got me in the door in order to bid yearly contracts. Last year he pushed me into a $25,000/contract... this year.... way over that.... Says he wants to make me a millionaire someday... :) In fact, just about all the commercial work I was awarded was because of him 'pushing my name'

    I wanna do something nice for him (he won't take $$$) but I'm clueless and DON'T wanna come off as 'ungrateful'
  2. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    Drop a gift card from restaurant, home improvement store, B&B, whatever in the mail to him.

    Either that, or do some work around his house for him without charging.

    I have a bank that I've been doing for about 8 years. In that 8 years, the owner has gotten me 7 other accounts in the area they're developing around the bank.

    He gets free fertiliizing at his house for the year.... it's a small 50x100' lot, so I'm out about 4-5 bags of feritilizer / year, plus my labor.
  3. barefeetny

    barefeetny LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    i do a small lot for free,,i even help carry groceries if i'm there....

    they got me nearly 15 large in hardscaping refferals

    way i figured its a cheap write off

  4. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    I have a few people like that. I will sometimes do work for cost for them, I dont pay myself for the time but cover all other expenses. Or I will spend a weekend or two a year helping them out with other things like home improvement. A thank you card is always nice to thank them for landing you a good account.
  5. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 26,804

    Gift card to a nice restaurant and throw in $30 for a babysitter . His wife will be real happy. And you know the saying " a happy wife makes for a happy life"
  6. Carolina Cuts

    Carolina Cuts LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,152

    yea... gift cards is what I was thinkin'.... I already do his lawn twice a month.. no charge of course.... gonna mulch his house- 20 yards, so I guess that'll be free labor for me... :confused:
  7. Armadillolawncare

    Armadillolawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    I use gift cards myself. I have one sales person for a local home builder that I frequently buy her gift cards to Starbucks.
  8. wooley99

    wooley99 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 269

    Nice little houseplant from the nursery I use and a gift certificate from the nursery as well (discount rate for me because it promotes them too). For a bigger thank you I add a gift certificate from a local restaurant.
  9. big acres

    big acres LawnSite Member
    Messages: 182

    The bigger the company and contract, the bigger the kickbacks.

    I know people who have installed irrigation systems, and done landscape work and full service lawn care for buyers.

    There are some that pay big $$$ for their commercial biz, but get their homes done free so the work is a deductable expense.

    I know there are much bigger kickbacks than that.

    If you are repaying a customer with a "biggie" for years of great patronage, and out of the blue, that is one thing. If you are are offering a quid-pro-quo, which personally benefits the buyer for a company, that is a bribe. It happens plenty, but people can lose their jobs over it.
  10. Sunstate Lawn

    Sunstate Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    This is a great idea. I wish I had something to recommend so I could get it.:laugh:

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