Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Lawn Care, Landscaping, and Property Management Forums > Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job
If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.

Mowing for big chain stores.


Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

If you need help coming up with a bid for a lawn care, landscaping, tree cutting or irrigation job, post the specifics here and pictures of the job site. If you are looking to learn about bidding, review the jobs posted here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 06-13-2012, 09:14 PM
lawnguy11 lawnguy11 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 10
Rep Power: 4
lawnguy11 is on a distinguished road
Default Mowing for big chain stores.

We already have commercial accounts, HOA's, dentist offices and places like that. But i have always been curious on how to get in contact with big chain stores such as walmart, cvs drugstore and places like that. Like i said i'm familiar with getting in touch with property mangers and have been successful in doing so, Just curious if it's similar to that? Any insight would be greatly appreciated

Thanks,
Steven
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 06-13-2012, 09:22 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
I been contacted to do shopping malls, home depots, walmarts, for landscaping and snow removal.

There national companies that bid on this. Theyll contact you and take your bid add $ to it. They do this before they even land the account. So theyll waste your time bidding on something that theyll never even have.

It makes completely no sense. The Store managers could just take bids directly from us local people and not pay the extra money to have someone else middle man them but this is what they like to do.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 06-13-2012, 09:39 PM
lawnguy11 lawnguy11 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 10
Rep Power: 4
lawnguy11 is on a distinguished road
Default

So their using management companies to bid on big stores. That does sound like a pain in the rear, I've also heard a lot of bad things about working with management companies, Not paying for 5 months calling you out to the site for the smallest things.. Thanks for the response.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 06-13-2012, 09:52 PM
SECTLANDSCAPING SECTLANDSCAPING is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: CT
Posts: 1,912
Rep Power: 0
SECTLANDSCAPING is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lawnguy11 View Post
So their using management companies to bid on big stores. That does sound like a pain in the rear, I've also heard a lot of bad things about working with management companies, Not paying for 5 months calling you out to the site for the smallest things.. Thanks for the response.
yeah, there famous for not paying or paying late.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 06-14-2012, 01:55 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,567
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Also check out this blog post on it. How to get Walmart lawn care accounts.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 06-14-2012, 06:54 PM
dpld dpld is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: nj
Posts: 885
Rep Power: 0
dpld is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lawnguy11 View Post
We already have commercial accounts, HOA's, dentist offices and places like that. But i have always been curious on how to get in contact with big chain stores such as walmart, cvs drugstore and places like that. Like i said i'm familiar with getting in touch with property mangers and have been successful in doing so, Just curious if it's similar to that? Any insight would be greatly appreciated

Thanks,
Steven

i do all commercial work and i used to service big box stores and retail on high visible locations and i can tell you from experience that stores like walmart and big chains suck with a capital SUCK.

first off places like a mcdonalds, burger king, dunkin donuts you deal with tons of trash and with the drive thru's where most of the crap accumulates because while mr fatty caddy womp azz is stopping to load up his fat azz with some more cheesy poofs he is dumping his crap out of his car from the last stop he made.
i could not tell you how mant burger king cups i have found in a dunking donuts drive thru.
plus when you are blowing and during leaf season whenever you are working in the drive thru lane you have to stop when a car comes so the people can talk as well as while their window is open you don't dust them out.
thats when the big line forms and you are sitting there waiting and waiting.

second, places like walmart, target or anything you would consider a big box store people actually leave the containers they bought the item in in the lot.
for example, at walmart when they have a big sale on big screen tv's you can rest assure that there will be several of them big azz boxes in the lot each day of the big sale.
the reason being some people are just dirtbag litterbugs and some do it out of neccessity because they can not get the tv in the care without taking it out of the box.

third, all these places because they are big and have so many locations and even when they are independently owned they all use the same management company and they don't pay much.

when i did these types of locations i was more of a garbage collector then i was a landscaper and two to three guys would have to do litter patrol before you could even cut the place and they don't pay you for the disposal and places like walmart or costco or any big chain the dumpsters are usually inside or at least the only access to them is from the inside because they all use compactors and they are all locked up tighter then a drum.

i have serviced these types of properties in new jersey, eastern PA and lower NY state from the city to the backwoods and they are all the same, a big pain in the azz.

if you want more commercial work target the big corporate complexes and corporate headquarters they pay the best and they want the premium service because it is the corporate HQ.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 06-14-2012, 07:26 PM
lawnguy11 lawnguy11 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 10
Rep Power: 4
lawnguy11 is on a distinguished road
Default

Thanks for all the info, Much appreciated.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Tags
bids, commercial, estimates, lawn care, properties

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
chain store accounts ealex3000 General Talk 2 05-03-2010 10:18 PM
Uno’s Chicago Grill chain tanks Steve Franchise Building, Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders, & Innovators Discussions 0 01-20-2010 02:48 PM
How to handle cust w/chain link fence jims56 Lawn Maintenance / Lawn Renovation 4 05-31-2007 01:10 PM
CompUSA stores AMW Graphics Community Assistance 9 05-11-2007 11:34 PM
Rapper hits a bum note as fake cash fools stores Steve Lawn Care Marketing & Post your marketing material for review! 0 10-25-2006 05:01 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
John Deere 667a
acrajchel
08-30-2015 10:00 AM
Yesterday 05:55 PM
by Just for Cuts
3 78
Dane Scag
Steve
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
08-28-2015 12:29 PM
by Steve
0 75
24 and 50 acre cemetery...
grassmasterswilson
08-18-2015 10:09 AM
08-26-2015 02:42 PM
by Steve
13 542
Rookie business question...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-05-2015 05:20 PM
08-26-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
3 400
How to clean an old...
rmccutchan
08-16-2015 05:23 PM
08-26-2015 02:31 PM
by Steve
9 412
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
08-26-2015 12:25 PM
by kslawn
19 3,748
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-25-2015 11:31 AM
by acrajchel
9 2,477
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:23 AM
by acrajchel
17 992
ZTR Review
Shark1611
05-31-2012 10:42 PM
08-25-2015 11:16 AM
by acrajchel
8 3,761
Hi Everyone
mmays29
08-25-2015 08:16 AM
08-25-2015 11:15 AM
by Steve
3 121
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
08-25-2015 11:08 AM
by acrajchel
11 1,190
Old Business New Owner
Toyman
06-17-2014 08:57 PM
08-25-2015 11:00 AM
by acrajchel
17 1,577
Hi everyone! We're new...
alltrades
08-22-2015 12:46 PM
08-24-2015 10:41 AM
by Steve
2 168
CAn I get some help with...
rootytalbot
08-11-2015 06:14 PM
08-24-2015 10:36 AM
by Steve
12 513
Hi
Wemowjunction
08-16-2015 08:45 PM
08-20-2015 01:46 PM
by Steve
11 408
Drive cable bad?
SGL1
08-10-2015 11:16 PM
08-20-2015 01:41 PM
by Steve
5 373
Hey there everyone
Cole8999
08-16-2015 04:42 PM
08-18-2015 04:35 PM
by Steve
3 253
Help with a truck
bdodson89
04-27-2015 08:15 PM
08-18-2015 11:47 AM
by rmccutchan
7 970
I need some aeration...
rootytalbot
08-14-2015 12:32 PM
08-18-2015 07:59 AM
by rootytalbot
7 390
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
08-17-2015 04:34 PM
by Steve
1,229 406,106
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
08-16-2015 11:42 PM
by rmccutchan
3 596
What's your next...
Steve
05-15-2015 11:54 AM
08-16-2015 11:09 PM
by SC93
16 1,248
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
08-14-2015 11:08 PM
by scaypa
95 11,474
New Biz
kufnerins
08-14-2015 05:52 PM
08-14-2015 08:56 PM
by Steve
1 213
Chemical and Fertilizer...
rmccutchan
08-09-2015 10:36 PM
08-13-2015 11:11 PM
by rmccutchan
6 411
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
08-13-2015 02:10 PM
by rootytalbot
12 2,078
Hello all thinking about...
bernie
08-11-2015 04:28 PM
08-13-2015 10:33 AM
by Steve
8 373
Logo Help Font Color
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:26 PM
08-12-2015 03:50 PM
by Steve
4 350
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
08-12-2015 12:30 AM
by Jeff1
20 1,809
My new mower
Chilehead
08-08-2015 09:09 PM
08-11-2015 08:36 PM
by Chilehead
9 517
Thought this was a good...
Just for Cuts
08-06-2015 03:38 PM
08-11-2015 10:54 AM
by Steve
8 516
Plowing pricing
jcurr33
08-08-2015 04:58 PM
08-11-2015 10:51 AM
by Steve
6 475
Should I upgrade my back...
googus
08-07-2015 10:50 AM
08-11-2015 10:44 AM
by googus
7 438
Keeping it clean....
Wolf4dk
08-09-2015 11:31 PM
08-11-2015 06:34 AM
by Chilehead
7 368
I have been rude and...
biglee
06-15-2015 10:11 PM
08-10-2015 09:41 PM
by stallman419
12 2,758
Newbie Saying Hi.
LZLC
08-08-2015 09:22 PM
08-10-2015 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 260
How much do I charge to...
Chris Herrera
08-06-2015 09:30 PM
08-09-2015 11:31 AM
by biglee
2 400
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
08-07-2015 03:26 PM
by Steve
17 1,141
Best commercial contract...
sanlanct
08-04-2015 12:18 PM
08-06-2015 06:20 AM
by sanlanct
2 392
I came across this on a...
rootytalbot
08-02-2015 11:04 AM
08-05-2015 08:17 PM
by SC93
9 630
Help bidding a hedge...
hopolb33
08-02-2015 06:09 PM
08-05-2015 02:07 PM
by Steve
3 434
recycler toro 22"
rvezakis
08-03-2015 12:10 PM
08-04-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 313
» Popular Tags
ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying bark billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush collections contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design door hangers edging employee problems equipment dealer equipment rental facebook flyers free advertising free lawn care google growing a lawn care business hiring how to hydro increase customers jobs landscape landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mr dave mulch new business ordinance past due per hour charge per hour service plowing pricing profit on employee roundup scag secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell shreaded solo solo backpack sprayer sq ft swzt tree tree pics up sell employee walk behind web design website winterization wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:30 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:30 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy