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Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by FAST87BIRD, Jun 21, 2009.


    FAST87BIRD Junior Member
    from akron
    Messages: 11

    Hey guys im a smaller company trying to grow. I have gotten the bidding and contracting stuff down now. But what I am having trouble with is how to go about looking for more jobs. There is alot of property management companies around where I am at, and want to pick up work from them. How can I go about this? Would I send a letter telling them who I am and what I would like to do for them? any suggestions would be great. Thanks
  2. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    email and see who bites. Talk in person is probably the best.

    Make sure you know what you are talking about. Make sure you have the equipment to handle their jobs.

    What I did back in the day was go to the biggest one. The one I knew I wouldn't get. Talk the them and see what kind of questions they were asking and requirements for the job. When I made a fool of my self, it didn't matter, because I didn't want it in the first place. It was a learning experience.
  3. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    As far as commercial jobs, you can always submit a request to bid, to various properties around your area. If they reply at least they are interested a little and at a minimum you have their contact info.

    For advertising, professional appearance counts. Mailbox letters on the side of your truck or hand written flyers, is a no no. Enlist the help of a good graphic designer, and make some nice stuff up. It may be more costly but remember its an investment.
  4. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    That is the million dollar question!

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  5. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    Email, and letters are a waste of time in my opinion, knocking on doors, and persistent phone calls are the best in my experience
  6. RLM

    RLM PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,270

    Either PM or email me & I'll be more than happy to share my methods with you.
  7. EPS

    EPS Member
    Messages: 66

    I am getting back into the plowing business this winter and was wondering if you could share some advertising that works for you? Should I start trying to get customers now because I know of some major companies around here send there contract renewals out in August. Any help is greatly appreciated.
  8. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    Vinyl signs are the hot ticket, definately,,,they show a good level of professionalism and are pretty inexspensive I get 40 for 200 some odd bucks.