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Felt like the Godfather the other day!

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by grandview, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    We had 8-12 inches of snow yesterday. When I got home to check messages had all these calls looking for plowing or prices. Everyone ignores the Godfather until they need a favor!
  2. LuckyPlower

    LuckyPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    LoL, I guess you have a bit of an advantage in negotiating with 8-12 already down.
  3. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

    Nothing like waiting 'till the last minute. Do you usually service them?
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

  5. Banksy

    Banksy PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,113

  6. LuckyPlower

    LuckyPlower Senior Member
    Messages: 164

    Ya don't answer that one
  7. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,216

    One of those messages was from me asking if you would take my personal check .... sorry to derail the thread !!!!
  8. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    I had about 70 calls the 2 days after, Basically when everyone realized that 6" of snow and 3" of ice plus 1/2" of rain makes for 4" of broken backs. Sorry not trying to break my men or equipment. My time is too valuable, my contracts too important, and the risk too high. Best of luck to you.
  9. coldcoffee

    coldcoffee Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    I thought you were going to say...You woke up next to a horse head, or someone sent you 2 fishes instead of a check.
  10. SharpBlades

    SharpBlades Senior Member
    Messages: 366

    lol grandview. It was the same way for me... I can't believe how many people hadn't hired anyone by wed. :dizzy:

    I lost track of how many people called wanting a spot on my route lol... or even better, the ones who wanted me to drive 45 minutes out of the way to plow once :laughing:

    although a couple flagdowns did supply me with gas money for the week payup
  11. Eronningen

    Eronningen Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    I always ignore the storm day callers. Some will have the nerve to ask why I advertise than. Of course I tell them because I'm looking for seasonal customers.
    Grandview, you have to go home to check messages? I've been forwarded my business line to the cell phone for 10 years, when I want to, when I leave the office. I know many calls aren't important but some are.
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I have my answering service setup to where someone calls the service then sends me an email.Only my commercial customers have my cell number.
  13. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    You look more like a Godmother.
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    At least I'm not a fairy.:D
  15. theholycow

    theholycow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,180

    You don't check your email on your phone?
  16. wondo

    wondo Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    A nice big open lot I had last year went with a lower price this year. I just got a call from the building owner asking if he could get on my route. I told him my price went up 20% and he said bring over a contract... The other guy must have been real bad lol.
  17. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Nope. If they are calling around then they are looking for the cheapest person who answers the phone.
  18. ALC-GregH

    ALC-GregH PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,132

    I agree. If the storm hits and they are not prepared, they think they can call and you'll be right over. I took on a huge amount of snow removal this season. The first two events were hectic to say the least. The third event went rather smooth. While doing them I got a call from a person I don't know that's 30 miles away and acted demanding that I come out and clear the snow for them. I told them I'm booked. By the time I said I couldn't do it, they hung up!