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bidding my first job

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by bignyla, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. bignyla

    bignyla Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    Hello I'm trying to bid on my first big contract and need a little help in need of some answers please
  2. sn95vert

    sn95vert Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    And what questions do you need answered?
  3. bignyla

    bignyla Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    How should I go about my pricing its seasonal she wants just clean and simple its an area post office
  4. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,594

    Do you have any historical weather data for your area? If so, take your average amount of events (from the last 3-5 years) add in your per event price for plowing/salting the site then multiply the two and you've got your price.
  5. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    37.50 per plow.
  6. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    Did you do the thumb measurement yet?
  7. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,538

    The thumb measurement differs from one person to another, based on the size of the thumb and the length of the arm. So while your thumb may lead to a $150 plow, his may only lead to a $10 plow. On the other hand, the head measurement would lead to a much higher price for many here, until they explode anyway.

    Ok, done with my leon impersonation.
  8. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Im Not trying to be a jerk.....But, if you do not know how to bid jobs...You need to hook up as a Subcontractor for a larger company and learn the Business....The Last thing the Detroit Area Needs right now is one more so called contractor killing the pricing....Also, try joining SIMA.....The search Button at the top of this page is also a Wonderful tool.....Good Luck in what ever path you choose......:salute:

    TCLA are you Hiring.......:eek:......:laughing:
  9. Plowtoy

    Plowtoy Senior Member
    Messages: 929

    That's twice what I would charge. How could you sleep at night charging that much??:laughing:
  10. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,868

    Wow this is about a month early.
  11. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    This may help you.

    Take the guess work out of your bidding process. Check this out.

    Snow & Ice Management Bidding Package Includes:

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    #3 Snow & Ice Management Quick Estimator CD � calculates per push, per event, hourly or season contracts. Also calculates material application rates for both granular and liquid applications for any deicing material that you may be using. This CD also calculates time and material for application of material, and hand labor as well. This CD runs in Microsoft Excel and is not software. You simply fill in the blanks and you have your estimate.

    #4 Know why you charge what you charge CD - This CD calculates your cost per hour of operation for your company based on your overhead, expenses and use-rates. You can you it for any service you offer. Mowing, landscaping, snow, etc.

    Go to www.profitsareus.com or call us at 800-845-0499 to order. Feel free to call us with any questions you might have as well. Being a full-service lawn & landscaping business myself since 1979, I know what a contractor is looking for; something simple, accurate and professional. This package is it.