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, 06:41 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, 08:59 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, 07:31 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, 11:47 AM
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, 10:38 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, 04:03 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, 04:39 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,506
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
Big mowing job
Bradcook21
07-30-2015 03:57 PM
Yesterday 01:16 PM
by Bradcook21
6 115
scag SWZT review!
mattthelawnguy
07-23-2015 02:28 PM
Yesterday 12:31 PM
by Steve
9 353
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
Yesterday 12:29 PM
by Steve
1,227 401,239
Hello Everybody
budspop
07-30-2015 11:42 AM
Yesterday 12:28 PM
by Steve
1 44
Should I buy this Exmark...
googus
07-03-2015 09:22 AM
Yesterday 11:34 AM
by googus
9 572
Hello!
brandycarlton
07-29-2015 12:31 PM
07-29-2015 03:54 PM
by Steve
1 125
Assessing the Market
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:25 PM
07-28-2015 09:24 PM
by Steve
2 232
Whats wrong with this...
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:56 PM
07-28-2015 09:09 PM
by Steve
2 211
Funny craigslist post
GreenWorx
07-28-2015 07:17 PM
07-28-2015 09:02 PM
by Steve
2 217
Watch out for this -...
rootytalbot
07-22-2015 02:13 PM
07-28-2015 09:00 PM
by Steve
7 370
NewVenture
NJDB60
07-27-2015 03:38 PM
07-28-2015 08:58 PM
by Steve
1 213
Pricing issue
Mr. Mow
07-07-2015 06:15 AM
07-27-2015 06:40 PM
by GreenWorx
17 755
how to make customers...
Bradcook21
05-27-2015 05:04 PM
07-27-2015 06:08 PM
by GreenWorx
15 2,934
Need your help, Gopher...
Chilehead
07-23-2015 07:02 PM
07-27-2015 11:28 AM
by Steve
11 368
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
07-27-2015 11:22 AM
by Steve
94 10,428
Dogs
Mr. Mow
06-29-2015 02:37 PM
07-25-2015 07:50 AM
by Chilehead
12 2,404
Just about mid year, how...
GreenWorx
06-24-2015 07:05 PM
07-22-2015 07:31 PM
by Chilehead
14 2,472
Learning as I grow -...
WarriorLandscapingCAN
07-18-2015 07:46 AM
07-21-2015 10:53 AM
by Steve
3 310
Large dirt mound removal
purdue1973
07-09-2015 07:45 PM
07-20-2015 12:55 PM
by Steve
6 434
Hey everyone
Fantasy landscaping
07-09-2015 06:53 AM
07-09-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
1 325
Quickbooks Online
jscarolina
07-08-2015 07:54 AM
07-08-2015 12:55 PM
by Nate10928
1 345
I dont know what to do...
Bradcook21
06-21-2015 08:49 AM
07-07-2015 09:48 PM
by SGL1
16 2,726
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
07-07-2015 02:54 PM
by GreenWorx
13 3,677
Is it too late to do...
markty
06-16-2015 05:28 PM
07-07-2015 01:00 PM
by problem solver
9 2,486
Hi everyone
Mattw
07-06-2015 05:59 PM
07-07-2015 10:18 AM
by Steve
1 350
4th of July parade...
Steve
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
07-06-2015 10:35 AM
by Steve
0 298
Unemployment rates drop,...
Steve
07-02-2015 12:40 PM
07-06-2015 10:30 AM
by Steve
4 473
another newish job for me
holymoly
06-07-2015 08:34 AM
07-03-2015 02:06 PM
by American L&T
9 2,474
» Popular Tags
accounting ad landscaping advertising aerocore applying billy goat brushcutter blowout bob villa bush contract help curb appeal services deliquentaccounts demonstration design edging equipment dealer equipment rental financials flyers foreman free advertising growing a lawn care business hardscapes hiring how to husqvarna hydro increase customers invoicing landscape landscape services landscaping landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn mowing marketing marketing secrets more customers business mulch new business ordinance past due patio install per hour charge per hour service pricing profit on employee quickbooks quickbooks online roundup scag sell the vision seo shell shreaded snow plowing solo sq ft square foot swzt tree tree pics up sell employee web design website website design wood www.greenturion.co.za
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:13 AM.


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

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:13 AM.

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