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Looking for sales help, Central Florida!

Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by abrightday, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. abrightday

    abrightday LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    Hey looking for people to help grow our business, up and coming spray company will pay for referrals. Just refer, they agree to yearly lawn contract after we survey and sell them, you get $20.00. No limits, this can add up, commercial properties or large residential we can work out commission. You survey and sell of our pricing, get a commission on yearly value. If interested go to www.YourLandscapePro.com and go to free landscape survey and input, or call 877- 373- 6016 ask for Walter
  2. sweetz

    sweetz LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,599

    What areas do you consider to be Central Florida?
  3. fl-landscapes

    fl-landscapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,542

    No offense but if you want to grow your business I would hire a salesman and pay him a commision of maybe 10% and he would collect that every year the customer stayed. $20 is what 2%. I think you will get some yard boys looking for beer money to send you a bunch of pitas with this sales model. JMO and I hope whatever you do it works out. Remember a good salesman doesnt cost you anything and in fact can be worth their weight in gold. Can be tough finding the right one.
  4. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    I got to agree with Fl land $ 20 is nothing In fact Lunch today a Simple Hamburg and Fries with a friend and my lunch bill was higher than $ 20. My Bar tab tonight was more than $ 20.

    If you were to check prices of Business For Sale in "Fla Pest Pro" Magazine it might put you on a more realistic pay scale. This is not Corn Pone Iowa and Pest Control accounts going Rate is 100 to 150% of a years GROSS. I sold out after Hurricane Charlie and Got that kind of money with a one year non compete clause.

    So back to a fair sales Commission. I am very happy to pay the First and 7th Month's service fee. That means a 17% of one years gross if they get 12 treatments. I said in an other thread my minimum price was $ 75 so the commission is $ 150 a year IF the customer stays. If they sell 6 treats per year instead of 12 they still get the full 1st Service fee but not the 7th month. Once again a 17% commission

    Under Chapter 482 you must either provide transportation for a Employee/salesman or Reimburse them for using their own transportation. Some people will pad this so they don't pay taxes on the whole commission. This law was inacted to help stop Rent A License.

    Of course once you have 4 or more employees even part time you must have worker comp which is an other 4.41% of payroll for a pesticide company. 6 years ago it was 12.3% so some costs are coming down. But the problem with Worker Comp is they want you to pay it a year in advance.

    One thing that should becoming very obvious is the Bigger the show the more head aches. Having Been there and done that I am very happy as a one man band and thank heavens I am in a position where I really don't care if I pick up more work. Sometimes small is very profitable.
  5. abrightday

    abrightday LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    Yea, $20.00 is just a thank you, beer money:drinkup:, for a referral as I stated,,If they want to do the entire process a commission is in order on the yearly revenue. I was thinking of around 18%. That's what Heron offered me to sell for them. Which I did not, opened my own business., I'm not looking for tons of hired part or full time help,,just one or two good landscapers, or someone with experience selling L & O,
    Sorry,, Central Florida to me is Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Brevard, Lake, and Flagler counties. No west coast. For now,,:laugh:
  6. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    I will keep you in mind since you do Seminole and Orange. I currently use Heron for my pest company. I do one of the owners properties so I doubt that I will be letting them go anytime soon, well that and they do quality work on my accounts.

    I will keep you in mind though abrightday
  7. abrightday

    abrightday LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    Heron is only as good as the man they have coming out, sooner or later they get played out due to production and sales goals,, if you just gotta do $1,000.00 a day, somethings gonna suffer,,, where as my sons and I are always the same ones on your properties,, we inspect, take or time to do it right, the buck stops with us,, thanks for your reply.
  8. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    That is the wonderful thing I like about having them service the properties. I can call them as many times as I want to fix situations that may arise as everything is included in the price, so no extra calls or $ are needed by the homeowner.
    They are a hard sell though because of the price, the one thing that does help sell them is the sod replacement guarantee. Hard to beat that when you just lost your lawn, I resod it for you for a pretty penny, and they offer to do the chemicals and replace the lawn if any insect damage is incurred and you know the price is for everything. To many companies like TG sell them on a low package..then hit them up twice a month for some kind of upgrade because it is needed of course they never do anything to fix insect damage, but people love them because they are such a great value!:hammerhead::dizzy::hammerhead:
  9. abrightday

    abrightday LawnSite Member
    Messages: 146

    Yea , you pay for that replacement,, why have it happen at all?
  10. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    So far there has not had to been any replacement on any of my lawns that they service. But it is a nice to know that it is taken care of if the need is ever there.

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