Originally Posted by Steve
I am glad you are ok! WOW that must have been shocking when it happened!
There are a lot of new business owners that read the forum and I am sure they are wondering how did you get the bid lined up? Did you just walk in and talk with the manager or how did it happen?
Is the restaurant in operation now or no?
If it's not, who do you have the contract with? The owner or the realtor or how does that work?
Shocking was a good way to describe it
The restaurant is closed and the property is up for lease/sale. The owner is unsure if he will raze it or remodel.
Here is how I won this job:
1. Notice a property for sale that is lacking attention
2. Call the realtor listed on the sign and ask to service the property
3. The realtor took my info, actually I emailed it to him.
4. Realtor passed info along to property owner
5. Property owner's assistant contacted me and requested a quote
6. I then had to find a suitable format for a quote (THANKS GF!), take another look at the property, visualize the work and put the quote in my own format.
7. In the meantime the realtor contacted me and pressed me to get the quote in...the neighbors were complaining about the weeds
8. I submitted my quote after settling on what I thought was a fair wage for my estimated time and materials
9. The owner emailed me directly and accepted the quote, his asst also emailed me and asked for a start date which I made a priority.
10. I completed the job quickly, took pics and, using a Word template, created an invoice which I then emailed to the asst.
11. I contacted the realtor to let him know the job was complete. I also requested that he contact me when similar services are needed. He replied that he would and that I should keep in touch.
I see a niche market for servicing commercial properties w/o a long term contract...especially with businesses failing and new business growth stalled. A lot of properties are on hold and will fall into a state of disrepair w/o care.
This is a total side deal for me so I am not concerned with steady jobs at this point.