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    Well do you???

    While some look at their "Competition" as the enemy, working together can be a benefit to your business. Sharing or trading leads, helping one another out on large projects, need a part & need it now?

    I work with 2 in my area. We have thrown each other leads, helped each other out with equipment problems, shortages or not having certain chems.

    It's always a good idea to network together. We're in this together.

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    I have working relationships with several area pw'rs. Being a one-man-band, sometimes extra hands are needed.

    One of my competitors concentrates on commercial - I don't - so I send him some commercial leads and he sends me residential leads. The other contractor does many of my roof washes and we collaborate on quite a few wood jobs.

    For me, I need to know that they won't try to "steal" my customer and they need to know that I won't steal theirs. Symbiotic relationships can be very useful - as long as you can trust them.
    John Orr
    Former UAMCC Board Member/Treasurer
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    Yes we have a great relationship with several here in the Houston Area and we all refer work to each other, help each other out on parts, chems, etc and even discuss pricing on some jobs we think we all may be bidding on. We also try to get together for Lunch every once in awhile.

    Working on a small Houston RT for Houston in April right now with Ron too.

    Doug Rucker-Owner/Operator
    Certified NCE Instructor
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    We have worked and played well with just about every body in the area. From trading jobs to actually taking over for the them when there are problems. Wouldn't have it any other way.
    Randy Borio
    Panther Outdoor Maint. Service
    815.481.2292
    pantheroutdoor@gmail.com

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    I look at it this way. I am my own worst competitor . There is enough work for everyone out there..
    Rodney brown
    Www.rbrownservices.com
    985-290-5389
    Slidell la

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    We've been sending the majority of our residential leads to other contractors. I'm just glad to help the customer out and I'm sure it'll come back out way some day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodney Brown View Post
    I look at it this way. I am my own worst competitor . There is enough work for everyone out there..

    Good way to look at it Rodney!

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    We've always worked well with most of our local competition. Lots of jobs have been traded.

    As a matter of fact we just helped create a competitor. My son, Chris and I just helped my nephew, Cameron, to get his license and sold him one of our trucks. He will be using our equipment till he buys his own.

    He works for us now, but at the same time he will be soliciting residential work that he can call his own.

    Cameron's new company is Native Power Wash.
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    I wrote an article for a industry mag a while back on that very idea. In early childhood we are told to share our toys and then somewhere along the way we get told the exact opposite. We're indoctrinated into the concept that we have to destroy our competition or somehow we aren't good businessmen. Ridiculous idea. I have great working relationships with all but one local company and that is their choice. In fact they don't get along with any of the other cleaners in the area. Sad really.
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    A New View Exterior Cleaning
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    Don't forget about the value of information you can share between each other.

    For example, I just got screwed out of multiple thousands from a PM/Owner. The first call I made was to my competitor to let them know that they will probably be getting a call, but beware, they start paying well, then slow, then nothing. He said he will pass on the work. That leaves the one other large competitor who will probably get the work now. He's the one who is "better" than us, he's "elite", charges a little more, and we are scum to him. Well, he's going to "elite" his way right into an noncollectable $30-50k within a few months that could have been avoided if he had just worked with his competition instead of looking at them as if they are his enemy.

    I've got a bunch of these types of stories.

    Once, in my other business I got a fake call from a competitor trying to find out my pricing, etc. I caught him right away and he admitted to it. I took him to lunch and found out he was new. I gave him a lot of advice about what to look out for. I warned him that I didn't think he had enough working capital to make it. Two years later he called me to GIVE me over $60k in customers. He explained that he failed, just like I said, because of the working capital issue, and since he was a franchise he could not "sell" me the customers, but he could give them to me. He said he did it because he called three or four competitors trying to find out info, but not only was I the only one that talked to him, I took him out and paid for his lunch. Well, his customers paid for a lot of lunches for my family over the years!
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