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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by karl klein, Feb 11, 2001.

  1. karl klein

    karl klein Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    i was wondering what time most people start looking for contracts.
  2. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Never ends, we are always looking for new customers, winter spring summer and fall 24-7-365
  3. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    It is easy to sell your service when a customers lot looks like crap. After the snow and Ice melts and the landscaping is lookin good, it is a lot harder to sell your service.

  4. karl klein

    karl klein Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    what i ment to ask

    i ment to ask when to start talking to local businesses for next year
  5. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    If you see a lot that is ice covered tommorrow, start talking then. Like I said easier to sell when the lot is a mess.

    Anytime is a good time to start talking.

  6. CCLC

    CCLC Member
    Messages: 91

    We are always looking for new customers. Our summer business of Lawn Maintenance and Landscaping provides some new business. We don't turn over too many accounts. We didn't lose any going into the 2000-2001 winter. We added a few smaller commercial and called it good.
  7. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327


    Just signed up three malls for next season.
    Incumbents don't know they're out, yet.

    If a customer wants to talk about landscaping in July, do you??
  8. Caneplow

    Caneplow Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    Simply stated all the replys are correct; talk to local neighbors (I started by give them specials since I didn't have to go far to get them) then I moved my radius out either from word of mouth (which has been great) but also doing little things. Posting in the local Town Halls a little notice; and so on...

    I got a late start this year and didn't have my own plow I was using a truck from my friends company; I am starting right now for next year; I already have most of the people on my street signed up and they are talking to there friends; If a customer gives me a referal that turns into a new contract (seasonal) I will give them either a free plowing or salting (whatever is the first thing needed).

    I would say that if you are going after commerical customers you had better have them signed up by the end of August and you should have a good route of driveways by then also.

    I just purchased my own truck and am picking out a plow so I'll be ready to take on more business next year.
  9. Mike Nelson

    Mike Nelson Senior Member
    Messages: 637

    It is a never ending process.
    On the phone with one of the competitions malls yesterday trying to line them up for next year.
    I think all of us watch and see who is doing a good job or not.
    The key for us is trying to get them on board before Aug or Sept earlier if possible.