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landscaper/mower weed referrals

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by grassmasterswilson, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,965

    I've been working with a couple of companies who do not do spray work. We have been billing the company who then marks it up and passes it on to the homeowner. I guess this is how they are doing it.

    Because they are billing the homeowner it often takes some time to get paid and I have had 2 applications on the same invoice before. I don't mind billing the company but don't want to get screwed holding the bill!

    I'm wondering how best to handle it. I would like to bill the homeowner directly and maybe pay the company a referral fee ... percentage of yearly gross or something?

    What has worked for you guys? Im a mowing and app company and the are landscaping/hardscaping company. We both stick to what we know.
  2. gcbailey

    gcbailey LawnSite Silver Member
    from WV
    Messages: 2,745

    I know in the past whenever we referred our clients, if they signed up for a yearly app, the company gave us a finders fee that was the equivalent of one app price.

    For clients that they sent our way that became seasonal regular clients (weekly/bi-weekly) we always gave a finders fee for the cost of one mowing.

    We've had a great relationship with this fert company for years and it's worked great for the both of us, even to the extent that the owner and his pushing was a big reason I've became certified.
  3. WestGaPineStraw

    WestGaPineStraw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 765

    The companies you work for should have the operating capital.
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  4. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,965

    My thoughts too so no reason I should have past due invoices for apps. They like to add the app onto an invoice. So I feel,like I'm waiting for their customer to pay them and then the landscaper pays me.

    The regular customers he has me doing would be a big sell...maybe 6000 not including one time sprays. Pretty big for a company who bills out less then 75-100k of apps.

    I would much rather they be my customer and bill them directly. Would be nice to set up a deal where I pay him a "finders or referral fee."
  5. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Messages: 4,965

    My standard weed/Fert program is 6 steps. I'm thinking the referral fee of one apps price would work for anyone agreeing to a full program.

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