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breaking contract

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by lawnkale, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. lawnkale

    lawnkale Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 151

    has anyone out there broke plow contracts. I signed a few contracts this year that i beleive that i cant handle. One of my biggest cotracts took so long to sign that i got scared and signed other work. However the customer is one of my biggest in the summer as well. But as far the new work i signed What to do???? do i put them on back burner or do i be a man and call them and explain the situation. What can they do. I will give them notice a few week notice. Is it better to be the guy to bail on contract or be the guy to do shity work.
  2. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    How bout find a sub to help with it and split the dough.
  3. turb0diesel

    turb0diesel Senior Member
    Messages: 181

    maybe you can find some one on this site that might want a couple more hours
  4. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Getting some subs lined up would probably be the best thing. Unless you can get another truck set up and put a driver in it. This way you save face. Keep your existing customers happy, and build the client list.
  5. swtiih

    swtiih PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,179

    I agree, try and get a sub or 2. A lot of guys out there are looking for extra work.
  6. procut1

    procut1 Senior Member
    Messages: 380

    If you can handle managing it with subs, do that.

    otherwise....Sometimes its best to just swallow your pride, man up and be honest. Tell them the truth, dont leave them in a jam, and you will walk away with respect intact.

    Ive had to do it.
  7. Brucester1

    Brucester1 Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    if times are as hard in Indiana as in Michigan a sub wont be hard to find
  8. fms

    fms Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 209

    Sub or get more equipment and more manpower. Don't quit. Grow the business.
  9. braylen

    braylen Junior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 4

    give it to someone else make a little profit and walk a way i sure would take the job like a lot of people good luck
  10. augerandblade

    augerandblade PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,054

    tymusicHopefully youve set your new work acquired to include equipment acquisitions. Is it per push or a set price. Control the work in house,:nod: get the equipment and labour set up and get er done. Dont be a quitter.:nono:
  11. tattood_1

    tattood_1 Member
    Messages: 98

    lawnkale, where you at in Indiana? I'm around Kokomo and have some free time I could help you out ( if it ever snows here, lol)
  12. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    Get a sub, but realize you still need to over see the work

    This is a bad situation, that can be turned good. If you let that big one go, you loose income year round, thats a bad thing

    if you give the others the notice, and leave them, you loose future income from them , plus word can get around how you left them high and dry on christmas.

    If you can afford it, get more equiptment and guys. But honestly a snow removal operation takes planning and time, to get it right , this is the wrong time of year to buy more equiptment, and hire GOOD guys that are experianced...the good ones have jobs, and the good priced equiptment is sold. besides its the end of DEC. only 2 more major months to go and snow season starts tappering down.

    Get subs to do the work, and hire one extra guy to help you out, so you have time to double check the subs work. Do them right and good this season, and you can keep them for next year possilby. the quick isnt the best always, so get a good contractor to help you out.

    you might be able to balance it out with both equiptment and subs. stick a truck on there site so you can plow and over see it, salt it as well.. but let the subs speed the work up
  13. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,594

    Most contracts have a 30 day cancellation period. Either you or the client can terminate the contract with 30 days written notice.

    I did this earlier this season and it worked out well.
  14. KJ Cramer

    KJ Cramer Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    I'd find a sub, that way you still look good, your customer doesn't have to know anything is wrong. Lots of people willing to take on some extra work, if you were closer I'd help you out, I'm always looking for more, you probably could even find someone on this site.
  15. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    Where at in Indiana? In this area there are plenty of good guy's that would take the work.. Like these guy's said, get a sub and over see it. If it is close enought o me I'll help you out.