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Bid Formula?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by KoolAidMan888, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. KoolAidMan888

    KoolAidMan888 Member
    Messages: 32

    Hi guys i shoveld for my bosses last year and didnt mind it.. But i was asked if id plow this year. So i bought a new truck and got a Meyers 2 plow ..

    I have jobs for my bosses. But i want to have some more work on the side.
    I no when u bid u should charge travel how long it will take. But is there anything else i should charge for.? :D:D
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    You want to charge for travel time...but that should not ever be mentioned to the potential client...it should just be part of your numbers.

    take a look at
    -how long job would take
    -equipment depreciation
    -business costs(insurance, etc)
    -profit margin
    -market rates
    etc...to come up with any solid numbers.

    I see that you say you already have some work...are you trying to get more work because you believe your boss won't fill your schedule up when it storms?...if you are..I understand, and had a few guys that subbed for me in the same situation. It worked out well.
  3. KoolAidMan888

    KoolAidMan888 Member
    Messages: 32

    yea i shoveled a big y and i could pump it out in about 5 hours. but its a big side walk it has a angelinos and some other little places. bur Thanks i had an idea thats what it would look like.. Thank you
  4. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    Your on your way! get triple if not more to what you received in hourly wage when you worked on his time. Have a back up plan and perhaps a buddy who could loan you a piece of equipment if your main equipment source falters.
  5. KoolAidMan888

    KoolAidMan888 Member
    Messages: 32

    Thanks I appreciate the help.. i bid my first job yesterday and got it.