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Ok all you lawn care professional Guru's, I need some advice.
My Situation:
I retired from the Military and have had a seudo Handyman Business for as long as I can remember. Lately I have been doing allot of work (handyman and irrigation rust services) for Condo Associations that are managed by the same Management Co. A few weeks ago, they asked me to concider taking over some of their lawn care contracts, now more of the managers are finding out and are chiming in with the same offers. WOW, I am so overwhelmed as they are sharing the current contracts with me and they are pretty good accounts.
I know I will not be able to take all of them, especially at the start and some are huge! However, I think I could initially handle a few if I could find the right help and equipment.
I have already talked to a licensed irrigation guy who will work with me and probably have a Herb/Pest guy that might do the same (have to stay legal), but there is still all the front work that needs to be done (paperwork, bus plans, contracts, bid knowledge etc etc) and it seems quite daunting.

What are your thoughts?

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Are there jobs you could do yourself at first and learn the ins and outs of them? Then scale up and get a helper to do the jobs quicker?

Take on what you feel comfortable with and then as you have more time in it and gain more experience, the larger jobs won't seem so scary to bid on or perform.

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Well, there is one property I could do my self, would take a few hours each visit and I could do a heck of allot better than the current contractor. It is the smallest and cheapest property at about 1200 a month. The upside is we are getting ready to go into the off season soon which takes the service to bi-weekly (same rate) so eases the learning curve timeframe. However, the primary one they want right now is a bit more than that, and watching the current crew (3 people when they actually get out of the truck) takes them about 3 hours (edging, trimming and mowing), when it is time to hedge, it is takes couple of more hours each visit.
I do see the issues why the contractor is getting ready to lose the accounts, he does not follow up on his crews any more and the crews just get buy with what they want/can. My biggest fear is not fear of doing the work (at least the edging, weedeating and mowing, the hedge trimming with the various type hedges on the other hand will be a big learning curve) it is getting reliable people to do the quality work where I do not fall into the same rut, knowing what the rate for estimating is so I am not one of the "low-ballers" basically knowing how to estimate. As far as I know, the reason the properties are getting run down is that he bid so low he can't keep his crews there but for a short time without going in the red, so he has limited the to "just do what you can in "blank time" and move on.
I have done research on how to estimate and from what I have gleamed I do not know the basics becase I do not know what equipment I may get yet, still researching, so I do not know what the run cost are, how to calculate edging time, trimming time, mowing time hedging etc etc.
Yes, I am sure I can learn it, with time, but should I take the risk on commercial properties jumping in like this (risk vs reward).
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Yes, I am sure I can learn it, with time, but should I take the risk on commercial properties jumping in like this (risk vs reward).
Here is the thing. Commercial properties are probably going to want to pay the bare bones least amount of money they can, this would explain the current situation that commercial bid you are talking about is in. The will continually repeat the cycle of going from one cheap bid to the next.

Now, if you bid the commercial jobs properly and win the bid, you can make more money at one location (than residentials) because you don't have any driving around to do once you are there.

Your best bet is to focus on residential properties and get good at offering the service you do. A lot of homeowners will pay a premium for a premium service. You can make good money as you get better at the work you do and can offer upsells to perform additional jobs while you are on location.

Then you could take on a helper or two as you grow and perform the work and be onsite to make sure the jobs are done correctly.

If you want to branch out at that point and go for commercial jobs, you will know better what you need to make to make the jobs worth your time.

What are your thoughts on that?
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