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 > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

using a subcontractor ?


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 03-07-2010, 08:57 AM
B-2 Lawncare B-2 Lawncare is offline
new member
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 191
Rep Power: 0
B-2 Lawncare is on a distinguished road
Default using a subcontractor ?

Would you guys use a subcontractor to do work that you didn't have the equipment for so that you get get a bigger job? What i had in mind was using a sprinkler guy to help with any thing that i cant handle. And the biggest thing that i need him for is in the fall to blow the sprinkler systems out.
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 03-07-2010, 10:22 AM
turfmaster's Avatar
turfmaster turfmaster is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Midwest
Posts: 366
Rep Power: 8
turfmaster is on a distinguished road
Default sub contractors

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by B-2 Lawncare View Post
Would you guys use a subcontractor to do work that you didn't have the equipment for so that you get get a bigger job? What i had in mind was using a sprinkler guy to help with any thing that i cant handle. And the biggest thing that i need him for is in the fall to blow the sprinkler systems out.
Absolutely, It's good to build business relatsionships with other contractors.
Referrals are the best way to get new business.
For example:
I have a guy who does my hardscape work. He in return recommends me for maintenance. etc.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-07-2010, 10:27 AM
picframer's Avatar
picframer picframer is offline
Andy
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Posts: 2,885
Rep Power: 11
picframer will become famous soon enough
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by B-2 Lawncare View Post
Would you guys use a subcontractor to do work that you didn't have the equipment for so that you get get a bigger job? What i had in mind was using a sprinkler guy to help with any thing that i cant handle. And the biggest thing that i need him for is in the fall to blow the sprinkler systems out.
The only things I sub out is floating our biggest excavator as I don't want to buy a 5 ton truck and snow plowing, there is little we can't do however if we are unable to do something, I simply state that we can't. I do have a lady that is a spe******t in plants and designing gardens, I don;t really consider her a sub although I send all our business in these areas to her, once she and the client agree on something, she calls in one of my supervisors or myself and explains what is to be done.

I did sub a few things last season and it did not work out, I am very fussy and if the sub doesn't do as good a job as we do, then I have to send a crew in anyhow and when they screw up, it's all of a sudden my problem. We have so much on the go once the season starts, the last thing I need is more headaches.
__________________
Andy
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Last edited by picframer; 03-07-2010 at 10:29 AM.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-07-2010, 12:15 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 38,039
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
And the biggest thing that i need him for is in the fall to blow the sprinkler systems out.
We have had quite a few discussions on this topic with detailed description on how to do it.

Have you considered trying to offer this service yourself?

Here is one of them

http://lawnchat.com/?p=1153
__________________
- 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
  #5  
Old 03-07-2010, 02:11 PM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Default

Anytime I have subbed out work I stay on the job site to make sure the work is done to my satisfaction and to that of the customer. I agree with picframer that there is no bigger headache than being an intermediary between a customer and a subcontractor when things go wrong.


Keith
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-07-2010, 04:24 PM
cklandscapingorlando cklandscapingorlando is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 198
Rep Power: 9
cklandscapingorlando is on a distinguished road
Default

I do sub work for some GC's. If I sub out though it's for a specific job and thats all the sub does. Like hard scape. I might give a larger hardscape to a guy that only does hardscape. I'm not a fan of letting folks that can do your job get around your clients. I took about 5 maint jobs from a guy last year because he did'nt want to do sod work, or sprinkler work. Once I'm on site ad they see I know much more than him, they switch
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-13-2010, 07:10 AM
ssk0605
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Would you use a sub contractor?

I would definitely use a sub contractor. BUt I would make sure they sign a non competition clause/form so they can not steal customers. Unfortunately, people are not trustworthy.
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
My Invention
biglee
01-11-2015 06:51 PM
Today 11:36 AM
by joshp
17 2,824
fert/lawn programs
joshp
Today 10:43 AM
Today 10:43 AM
by joshp
0 35
Landscaper taking on odd...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 06:57 PM
Today 10:31 AM
by joshp
7 653
fliers
joshp
08-19-2016 03:23 PM
Today 10:20 AM
by joshp
7 444
Review of our lawn care...
Lawnline
07-12-2016 06:40 PM
Yesterday 10:51 AM
by Steve
7 1,820
Start My Own Business?
mowandblow1980
01-12-2016 07:43 PM
08-25-2016 12:55 PM
by Steve
19 2,153
Looking for new host
Just for Cuts
11-26-2015 06:58 AM
08-24-2016 09:05 PM
by Stephen Alberts
10 1,914
Facebook advertising
Just for Cuts
12-13-2015 07:49 AM
08-24-2016 08:59 PM
by Stephen Alberts
14 13,099
Breaking into commercial...
SGL1
08-19-2016 07:02 AM
08-24-2016 10:12 AM
by mowandblow1980
7 452
Snow Plow
acrajchel
08-17-2016 10:21 AM
08-22-2016 11:21 AM
by Steve
5 429
Quarter Acre Woodland...
ew411
08-16-2016 06:50 AM
08-18-2016 12:25 PM
by Steve
4 415
Bidding Bushhogging
acrajchel
08-15-2016 11:52 AM
08-17-2016 05:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 407
Hello From the Florida...
KevinShuman
08-15-2016 08:57 PM
08-16-2016 01:52 PM
by SC93
2 406
I'm making stupid money...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
08-07-2016 07:07 PM
08-16-2016 12:42 AM
by SC93
5 701
A quick Intro
BLE
08-14-2016 05:17 PM
08-15-2016 10:54 AM
by acrajchel
2 403
New Customer - Gettting...
acrajchel
08-05-2016 05:00 PM
08-15-2016 10:52 AM
by acrajchel
4 671
helping out a friend set...
Doug D
08-13-2016 11:33 AM
08-15-2016 09:45 AM
by Steve
1 414
Small bed job
Bradcook21
08-09-2016 09:52 PM
08-10-2016 03:51 PM
by Steve
1 532
Hello from NoVa
jtwlawn
08-03-2016 11:20 AM
08-09-2016 10:45 AM
by jtwlawn
4 668
How much to charge for...
jymie
03-31-2013 05:59 PM
08-08-2016 04:33 PM
by Steve
27 6,652
Needing a website built
burtle
06-17-2015 09:02 AM
08-07-2016 10:21 AM
by Just for Cuts
18 19,818
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
08-07-2016 08:37 AM
by Lawnline
8 11,289
Hey guys! Greetings from...
thegardener
08-05-2016 05:45 AM
08-05-2016 03:26 PM
by Steve
1 578
First Time Bidding-Need...
capitallawncrew
08-01-2016 08:30 AM
08-03-2016 09:52 AM
by Steve
3 689
Show us your stripes
Just for Cuts
05-21-2015 03:07 PM
08-01-2016 08:28 PM
by ExclusiveLawns
7 3,794
String trim BEFORE mow...
Mr. Mow
04-12-2015 08:13 AM
07-31-2016 10:36 AM
by joshp
13 5,941
» Popular Tags
apartment become an entrepreneur best mower be your own boss bidding break business business education business help business management complex contractor hacks contracts deck lift dethatcher edging entrepreneur entrepreneur education estimate estimates fuel problems fuel pump half moon blade intro introduction jjandm lawncare l.t.rich landscape landscape design landscaping landscaping design company landscaping richmond va landscping lawn lawncare lawnservice lowering grade marketing mulch planting raising grade residential lawn care richmond va richmond virginia lawn care safety scag snowblower snow plowing snow shovel sprayer start a business start a lawn care business start business start up toro timecutter townhome tree tree service video web design websites what to charge work from home z-max z-spray
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:19 PM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:19 PM.

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