Would a residential reference work?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by tcls83, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. tcls83

    tcls83 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 239

    I'm working to get some commercial accounts next year, and on all of the letters for the contract bids, they require a reference. Most of my accounts are residential, and I know some would absolutely give a good reference. Would they qualify as a good reference?

    I do have 2 semi-commercial accounts- a small independent convenience store, and a small church. They also seem satisfied, but their properties are similar in size to my residentials, they just don't seem legitimately commercial.

    Should I not worry, and use the residentials as references? What have you used to get your foot in the door? Any advice would be appreciated.
  2. The Ripper

    The Ripper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    Ask the church and convenience store if you can use them as references, and also use one residential customer. Just make sure that everyone you use knows that you listed them as a reference so they will be expecting the call. I did the same thing about a year ago and it worked for me.
  3. procut

    procut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,852

    /\ That is exactly what I would do.
  4. tcls83

    tcls83 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 239

    Thank You.

    Could I furnish more than 3 references, like say the church and convenience store, and say 3 or more residential customers? Would that be too many, or would that help me even more?

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