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Subbing work

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by godjwood, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. godjwood

    godjwood LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Messages: 137


    I have been subbing out our extra work or work we don't do for the past couple years. For example, tree work or hydroseeding.

    Ideally, the contractors would have unmarked vehicles so as not to alert the customer this work is being sub contracted.

    However, the contractors I use have decals on their vehicles so clearly the customer will realize it is not our business doing the work.

    Generally, I meet with a customer, if they say they want a couple limbs cut off a tree I say "yea, I can get that done for you."

    I send them an estimate for the work, not indicating who will be doing it, only indicating what work will be done at what price. The companies I use will generally give me a price break which gives me room to mark it up 10%.

    Do you think this is bad practice, or is there a better way to go about getting this work done? How do you do it?
  2. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,645

    I'd sub it out to, especially if I didn't have the equipment or the expertise.
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  3. crazymike

    crazymike LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 452

    I'm joining a business club. They meet every friday early in the morning for breakfast and a meeting.

    At the club, you pass out referrals you got during the week.

    For me, referrals work better than just sub contracting small stuff. You might not make a % off that job, but you are more likely to get referrals from that company leading to bigger jobs. As long as you find companies that don't offer your services, it works well.

    If you could join a similar club (BNI international, they have chapters everywhere), or create one that is not as official with the companies you deal with, it might work better for you.

    Think fence guys, deck guys, kitchen guys, etc... that are always in homes.
  4. Daily Lawn/Landscape

    Daily Lawn/Landscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 695

    I'm subbing all my lawn mowing to a previous employee who has his own company with lettered up truck and enclosed trailer. I just told my customers that we are working in conjunction with each other to cut down on driving. I assured them, they will get the same attention to the lawn as I gave them. And if they felt they were not getting the same quality, I would return to do the mowing. Most od my customers work anyways, so they will never see my sub.

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