I started my business 15 years ago at the time I was commision only sales and I started a service business in the home improvements market which is what i was employed in, though my product was not in competition. They were very successful but difficult to work with so I took everything they did from the customer contact right through to completion, copied their referral plans every little thing. Back then we scaped by not paying a wage just bills all leads were newspaper yellow pages then website homeshows now just SEO & Adwords at $7k a month, but from that start it is now a $4mill a year enterpris has 12 staff and great profits. You will never beat happy customers and our biggest lead spinner today is google reviews by a country mile.
Yes, But (I always have a but), I do / did this with some other business’s, but, remember as soon as they deliver bad service to your client, it is also a reflection on your business. Although you operate as 2 separate business’s because your recommend/partner with them, you are put under a cloud as well.
Vet them first, then insist on certain standards before you get into bed with them
thats a good and valid point to be aware of