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Online Lawn Care Estimator - Help me bid this job

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Old 01-24-2010, 10:52 AM
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I have just started bidding, and had the opportunity of someone contacting me for a bid on their jobs they need done. I found it odd that they asked how much revenue I have. Do companies usually ask a question like that? I'm new to the bidding process, and was just wondering if this was a normal question. Thank you in advance to all that reply.

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I have just started bidding, and had the opportunity of someone contacting me for a bid on their jobs they need done. I found it odd that they asked how much revenue I have. Do companies usually ask a question like that? I'm new to the bidding process, and was just wondering if this was a normal question. Thank you in advance to all that reply.
I think it is odd. Unless they are just trying to be nosy. The only thing I can think of is maybe they might be concerned of the health of your business to see if you are going to be around for a while? But it sounds more nosy to me.

There isn't anything they can really glean from knowing that. I mean you could have revenue of $100,000 and expenses of $200,000. So what does knowing the revenue do?

I'd probably just tell them, those figures aren't released because it is a privately held company

What was your feeling about the person and the business? Did you get the feeling like they were being nosy too? Maybe they would like to release to you their revenue?
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Thank you for your input. I talked to a colleage I used to work with, and he is familliar with the bidding process. He said that he would just send a letter about the company being small and how I'm trying to grow slowly. I don't want to bite off more than I can chew. The more input I get on this, the better I will be at it. Like you say, knowledge is the key!

The person/company is a huge chain of restaurants, and I know their revenue is in the millions. I really want to get it, but if I don't, it's okay too. I'll pick up business somewhere else. Thank you again.
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Very interesting so they asked you this in some sort of letter in their bid package?

It is fascinating how this all goes. Some people/companies will want you to jump through hoops, especially if they get the sense you are new. While others won't care as long as you can do the job at a reasonable price.
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IDK but maby it could be they might want you bonded with like 10% of the job ...... But idk i have never been ask that before either
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And if they were bonded, wouldn't that remove the issue then?

How often do you find commercial clients want a surety bond?
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I talked to another person that also does a lot of bidding. He said that the company that sent out the bid wasn't the actual company, but someone hired to get their bids for them. So he also said that even if I don't get this bid, there may be other bids that I can bid on, because they hold onto your name and stuff. Pretty cool to know that. The only thing I may have a problem with is my company being really small right now. I have to do what I can handle myself. I don't have any employees yet, but I know where to find them. I have lots of people who want to work for me. The problem is getting the work for them to do, and stay busy. That's why i want to work on advertising so much. I always see people running over trash, tearing up the grass with their mowers because they don't know how to turn around on them, and standing around, not doing anything. Anyway, I'm rambling. I just wanted to let people know that if you're bidding on a place or places, then there's a chance that the company doing the bidding is doing it for another company, so keep in mind: if you don't get the first one, don't give up, you may have a second, third, fourth, chance.
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They were probly trying to get a feel for your size so they new if you could handle the work they have. The thing with chains is they are usually franshised. So they could have 45 around you but only one owned by the people you work for.
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Would you happen to have the bid sheet available to post? Could you show it to us and take out the contact info? I'd like to see what they are doing.

Also, what is your view with trying to land commercial clients now vs. residential? From many discussions on here we have seen that most smaller lawn care business owners make better money off of residential clients and they tend to stay with the lawn care business owner, year after year.
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My contract is my bid sheet. I want them to see exactly what I'm bidding and not just a number. I dont think many people out side of the south could do much bidding right now. Any time is a good time though. This is probly a perfect time for cold calling to find when they are going to be taking bids. My focus is now on resi's though. Better money and loyalty plus if your good you get xmass bonus money which is nice
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