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Old 12-29-2018, 10:52 AM   #1
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What Is An Ideal Design Build Business Model?


I am a licensed landscape contractor who is very design and sales oriented. I have been using unlicensed landscapers on an hourly basis who have equipment and can round up the labor to install pretty much all aspects of a landscape project. I provide all the materials especially when they run out of something, I am the one to fetch it.

I do not have any actual employees and don't intend to in the future. Things are not working out so smoothly since my regular go-to guy also works for another company as a sub. I am thinking of a way I can work with my competition by asking them if they will consider being a subcontractor for me. I would sell the job under my license and hand over the whole thing to them to install.

I'm not sure how to approach them as I wonder if they would be concerned that I would be privy to everyone's pricing and use that info to leverage the best quote but that's what GCs do anyway. I think I would have to convey to them that I am no longer doing business the same way I have in the past ?

Any thoughts or advice about how to transition into a new business model?
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Old 12-29-2018, 11:10 AM   #2
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Basically, you're switching to be a designer who uses the other contractor for installs. From the other contractor's view point, you want to be a salesman and provide a design.

What's the benefit to him if he says yes, and how much us that worth to him? What is your best alternative if he isn't interested?

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I would want a hand full of subs to go to depending on the type of work and other factors. It gives you more control, makes you more necessary and gives you a lot more options for scheduling.
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Hard to control a project if you aren't doing at least some of the work with your own forces. I've not had great experiences with "sub everything" contractors, regardless of trade.
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These kind of posts crack me up, and we get 'em all the time.

"I'm a great paper-pusher, with no actual skill, but I want to be a big-time Contractor, where someone else does all the work for me, and I just 'sell' and 'manage'. How do I get the money for nothin' and the chicks for free?"

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One that makes its owner a butt load of money.

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These kind of posts crack me up, and we get 'em all the time.

"I'm a great paper-pusher, with no actual skill, but I want to be a big-time Contractor, where someone else does all the work for me, and I just 'sell' and 'manage'. How do I get the money for nothin' and the chicks for free?"



They are the best to bid against too. All you have to say is that you will personally be on site for the project and people faces light up

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