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need help with subcontrating

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by wiredawg, Feb 29, 2008.

  1. wiredawg

    wiredawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    I am new to the industry, and I am also having VERY poor results with door hangers. I was talking with a friend of mine and someone overheard my conversation, he offered me 40+ accounts weekly. He told me he charges 35 per yard for mow and blow. He said he would call me with a weekly property list, and I would get paid twice monthly. I am meeting with him later today to talk details, how do I go about getting the most money with out screwing the deal. Is trying to get 25 or 30 per yard asking too much?
  2. wiredawg

    wiredawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    The yards average 5000 to 7000 square feet.

    GSPHUNTER LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 311

    5 - 7k of turf or total lot size? If that is turf, I would be happy to take that starting out. Get some liquid capital built up in your biz, and move on to your own accounts as you build them up.
  4. RickR1818

    RickR1818 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    BE VERY CAREFUL!!! I did this last year and it almost killed my business. I was cutting 25-45 lawns a week that I was subbed out for Bank Repos. The guy paid me the first two weeks to build my confidence in him, so I continued to cut and never got paid again. He still owes me a couple of grand and by the time I cut ties it was the middle of July and the drought had set in. Needless to say its tough to get customers that late in the year.
  5. RickR1818

    RickR1818 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 342

    Also, if you are in Nebraska, I would think it is way too early to put out door hangers anyway.
  6. wiredawg

    wiredawg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    It is 5 to 7000 total lot size, they are mainly starter homes. As far as the door hangers, I was kinda afraid it might be too early. My only thought that it was good to start early, wishfull hoping I am now learning.
  7. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    No it is not asking to much but you should get get paid in advance for the weeks cutting of tell the guy to find someone else.
  8. qball98

    qball98 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 83

    In my opinion it is never to early. The immediate response might not be very good but if they think they might be interested in your services they will hold on to it. I got a call last week from a post card I sent out at least 3 years ago.

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