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 > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

21 new accounts, from anothe lco


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 01-06-2007, 07:41 PM
southernslang
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

i have the chance to pick up 21 new accounts from another lco,thats giving up the biz.
how should i handle it?
how do i know theses new account are going to stay with me and are'nt just going to find someone else once they find out he quit.
has anybody done this befor?
how did you handle it?
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 01-06-2007, 09:59 PM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
that is just it, you don't know. The only way that you could possibly know, is if the owner of the accounts personally goes around to each customer and introduces you to them. And the customers already know ahead of time that the guy is giving them up or retiring from the industry.

But then again, that is not 100% certain because these customers might not want to go with you for a couple reasons 1)they might be mad that they are being sold off, 2) they might not like the fact that they are being passed on to someone else, and 3) they might not have really liked the previous guy so any recommendation from him they might not like.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-07-2007, 08:31 AM
southernslang
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

so the best thing for me to do is just give all the customers heads up on whats hapening.
what are accounts worth?
this guy originaly told me that he wants one months pay from each account.
but he is very flexible,when i talk to him today i am only going to offer 50% for one month. that way the customers get a chance to see my work and make a dissision, and i realy dont spend to much money and time .
my thing is is it worth it. i can really use the work and would hate to pass up the opprotunity
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-07-2007, 12:47 PM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I would ask him if he would guarantee the accounts. Ask him, "So if the account owners decide not to go with me are you going to offer me a refund on those particular accounts?" See what he says to that. If he agrees, then put it down in writing. Also put down in writing that if you do buy the accounts, that he can not try to take back the accounts. Basically a competition clause.

I still am not a big fan of buying accounts though. There are too many things that can happen of where you can get screwed
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-07-2007, 11:38 PM
southernslang
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

thanks for the advice.
i'll play it by ear and keep you updated.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-08-2007, 05:03 AM
JimAdams's Avatar
JimAdams JimAdams is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Toledo, Ohio
Posts: 17
Rep Power: 9
JimAdams
Default

I saw this thread yesterday, but did not respond immediately because, somewhere in my mountain of junk, I've got two letters written by (different) people to whom we sold accounts. (We never bought any.) Can't find the letters, but basically the new guy just introduced himself, told folks how wonderful he was, etc. Seemed to work okay.

Anyhow, I agree with Tiedeman on the need for a non-competition clause. Also, I advise extreme caution. People (us included) sell accounts, like they sell used cars, for reasons.

Jim
__________________
www.promower.net
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-09-2007, 05:39 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,679
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]People (us included) sell accounts, like they sell used cars, for reasons.
Very good point.

Jim, do you have any specific points an lco should be wary of? Any warning signs they should look out for?
__________________
- 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
Reply

Bookmarks

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

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello from Md
homey
Yesterday 06:55 PM
Yesterday 06:55 PM
by homey
0 35
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
Yesterday 05:07 PM
Yesterday 06:08 PM
by Sprinkler Buddy
1 55
what do you "love" to...
calebmoss
07-06-2011 10:05 PM
Yesterday 05:09 PM
by Chilehead
28 8,836
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 08:15 PM
Yesterday 04:59 PM
by Chilehead
3 144
What Fertilizer to Use?
acrajchel
04-07-2014 02:56 PM
Yesterday 01:11 PM
by Steve
23 2,874
I'm BACK!
SuperiorPower
12-16-2014 11:08 PM
Yesterday 01:09 PM
by Steve
1 76
Grass hopper mower
ExtremeLawncareServices
12-05-2013 09:51 AM
Yesterday 09:40 AM
by SuperiorPower
34 6,011
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
Yesterday 09:13 AM
by SuperiorPower
15 1,220
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
12-15-2014 10:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
188 16,375
New to Gopher Haul-from...
323k13l
12-12-2014 10:34 PM
12-15-2014 02:58 PM
by Steve
3 220
hi
creteland
12-12-2014 09:06 AM
12-15-2014 01:45 PM
by Steve
5 221
New addition to my small...
googus
12-12-2014 07:36 PM
12-15-2014 07:47 AM
by googus
4 288
Ferris IS700Z
rmccutchan
12-14-2014 01:10 AM
12-14-2014 11:41 PM
by rmccutchan
4 198
Charge what the market...
Billy Goat
12-09-2014 12:39 PM
12-14-2014 06:39 PM
by biglee
20 717
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
12-12-2014 07:18 AM
by steveinil
4 735
Utility Company Right of...
eastsidelandcare
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
12-11-2014 04:54 PM
by eastsidelandcare
0 211
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
12-11-2014 04:50 PM
by eastsidelandcare
33 3,944
suggestions on full lawn...
Brian3137
12-10-2014 07:18 PM
12-11-2014 03:41 PM
by Steve
6 314
new to me box truck
jrayb39667
03-06-2014 11:20 PM
12-11-2014 09:43 AM
by Sprinkler Buddy
18 3,269
Hello from SW FL!!
5StarLawnscaping
12-05-2014 02:35 PM
12-10-2014 02:45 PM
by WesleySnips
7 549
Echo pb200 blower fuel...
googus
12-06-2014 09:03 PM
12-09-2014 06:35 PM
by Steve
3 395
Facebook
element009
03-23-2011 09:36 AM
12-09-2014 06:24 PM
by Steve
36 9,702
Are you prepared for the...
Steve
12-02-2014 04:13 PM
12-09-2014 06:22 PM
by Steve
7 810
Email Address Name
Just Cuts
12-07-2014 09:49 PM
12-08-2014 03:15 PM
by Steve
3 360
Inspection form
stevef1201
12-07-2014 10:38 AM
12-08-2014 03:10 PM
by Steve
1 356
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
12-08-2014 12:37 PM
by jrs.landscaping
108 34,045
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
12-07-2014 06:35 PM
by stevef1201
24 1,615
Innovation by mandate
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 01:33 PM
12-06-2014 03:27 PM
by SGL1
12 880
Trying something new,...
ExtremeLawncareServices
09-21-2014 10:07 PM
12-05-2014 11:06 AM
by Steve
9 2,184
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
12-04-2014 01:32 PM
by stevef1201
15 1,358
How many hours is too...
Just Cuts
12-04-2014 09:00 AM
12-04-2014 01:02 PM
by Just for Cuts
6 524
Does this sound like a...
googus
12-03-2014 07:47 AM
12-04-2014 12:37 PM
by Steve
5 600
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
12-04-2014 12:27 PM
by Steve
14 1,137
New website
SGL1
12-02-2014 10:55 PM
12-03-2014 11:17 PM
by BLC7
19 767
Websites, how long...
Dan Tanner
03-09-2014 08:29 AM
12-03-2014 11:12 PM
by SGL1
21 3,135
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 11:04 PM
12-03-2014 10:36 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
8 1,789
GPS trackers for...
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:09 PM
12-03-2014 07:17 PM
by Steve
8 623
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
12-03-2014 06:31 PM
by SGL1
17 1,352
Hiring Subs over Temps
Billy Goat
12-02-2014 06:26 AM
12-03-2014 01:24 PM
by Steve
3 560
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
12-02-2014 11:11 PM
by SGL1
11 9,426
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
12-02-2014 02:17 PM
by jrs.landscaping
12 1,402
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
12-02-2014 08:47 AM
by SGL1
6 1,424
old contracts
bayoubandit
11-29-2014 11:10 AM
12-01-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
3 644
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
12-01-2014 10:54 AM
by Steve
9 1,189
Lawn care truck
Steve
10-10-2009 03:40 AM
12-01-2014 10:45 AM
by Steve
32 15,090
Intuit Quickbooks...
CDLAWNCARE
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
11-30-2014 10:19 AM
by CDLAWNCARE
0 540
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
11-28-2014 01:36 PM
by Just Cuts
1,196 355,294
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
11-28-2014 10:49 AM
by Steve
13 2,227
Happy Thanksgiving!
Steve
11-27-2014 09:48 AM
11-27-2014 09:48 AM
by Steve
0 596
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
11-26-2014 09:23 PM
by stevef1201
5 945
» Popular Tags
2wd 4x4 aerocore apartment bid apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades bush charge christmas collections deliquentaccounts ditches employee problems equipment rental estimate first truck foreman georgia gopherhaul grass gravely growing a lawn care business holiday husqvarna jobs john deere quik trac labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care website lighting lighting brass outdoor lights marketing mowing mr dave mulch mulch estimate mulch price new buisness new business new mower ordinance per hour service podcast profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business savannah search engine optimization seo shreaded small engine repair starting a business start up lawn care business steep lawns theft toro grand stand trailer trimmer rack wood
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:04 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:04 AM.

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