If you have ever tried to secure roadside mowing contracts, you have some idea of how difficult it is to win one of those contracts. It is our hope that this article will help you as you prepare to take on this challenge.
Now, some tips for winning a few of those roadside mowing contracts.
The squeaky wheel gets the grease
Make a list of those who offer roadside mowing contracts in your area. Go introduce yourself to those people. They are the guardians of the keep, and the sooner you meet them and establish yourself as a player in the game, the sooner you will be seriously considered.
After that initial meeting, plan on visiting those people on a regular basis. You might feel strange following this advice at first, but we guarantee a familiar face has a better chance of obtaining a mowing contract than a strange face.
Follow instructions to the finest detail
Filling out contract bids is tedious. It is boring. And it is necessary. Leave out one detail, don’t answer one question, and your bid, no matter how good it may be, will be tossed into the circular file called the trash.
Make sure you have what it takes to finish the job
Read this tip several times, and commit it to memory. If you bid on a job, you better be able to deliver on that promise. Make sure you have the tractor mowing equipment necessary to do the job. Make sure you have the expertise to do the job properly. You may win the bid, but if you fail on your commitment it will be the last bid you ever win.
Do not underbid on a regular basis
It is tempting to underbid on a job. It is true that many municipalities look for the lowest bid, and it is easy to get wrapped up on that game and try to underbid the competition. In the long run, though, this is an excellent way to hurt your own company. You need to pay expenses and make a little extra for yourself, and you can’t do that by continually underbidding the competition.
Make a reputation for yourself over time
Establishing yourself in the commercial mowing services industry takes time. Winning the trust of those who hire commercial mowers takes time. If you are looking for a fast buck in this industry, you will fail in the long run.
Make sure you carry liability insurance
Yes, liability insurance costs money, but it is money well-spent. At Keith’s Tractor Mowing, we carry $1,000,000 liability insurance into every job we do. We do that to protect ourselves in case damage occurs. Without that financial protection, we would be playing career suicide. Pay now with an insurance policy, or pay later with your financial security.
A word about Keith’s Tractor Mowing
Keith’s Tractor Mowing is a trusted name in the Greater Fort Worth area. We do it all in commercial mowing services, from bush hogging to acreage mowing and all things in-between. Call us for a quote today.