I've been working for myself since March last year and all going well so far.
This year I hope to win some commercial work so I have a regular income each month and could potentially take on staff.
My plan is to write to every nursing home and housing association within a 10 mile radius of where I live offering my services and suggesting a meeting. One week later I would telephone to see if there was any interest.
How successful do people think this would be? I plan to send them early February hoping to have some signed up for the new season in March.
Also, could anybody give me any pointers on terms and conditions for the (hopefully) eventual contracts.
Justin there are so many ways of getting work, you have to try anything and they can all work in their own way.
T&Cs - just have a think about YOUR business and what you need to cover. Basic issues like payment terms, purchase of items for contracts and getting paid for them, how you deal with complaints, damage to underground cabling that's not correctly fitted or made known to you, what waste you will remove, site access and cancelled visits, dog foul, quote validity and contract period, etc.
Perhaps things like time of work, noise etc too.
You have nothing to loose by writing to these type of businesses (particularly the HA's) but may be more prudent to find out the head office and write in asking to be added to the approved suppliers for their properties within your location.
You will probably also find that most of the HA's and nursing homes probably have a service provider currently in place and working to a contract that may not be up for renewal for a year or so. However, getting your company name out in front of the right people and showing a willness to discuss requirements etc. never goes a miss.
Hi all, thanks for that, lots to go on.
At the moment I have 5 million public liability, c&g horticulture, chainsaw certificates, risk assessment and method statements.
I am looking at safe contractor accreditation. How long does this take?