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Finding Owner Ops

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Hambrick & Co., Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Hambrick & Co.

    Hambrick & Co. PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,350

    What is the best way to find owner ops? I have been plowing for 8 years now, and this will be my second season on my own with my own legit company. None of my friends have plows for their trucks and dont seem that intrested in getting one so I figured hiring a reliable owner op would be a good option as I would like to expand this season. Let me know you thoughts and what has and has not worked for you. Thanks Mike
     
  2. nicksplowing

    nicksplowing PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,226

    BUY ANOTHER TRUCK YOURSELF AND HIRE SOMEONE FOR $25 AN HR.:nod:THATS HOW I GOT MY COMPANY GOIN....GOOD LUCK :drinkup:
     
  3. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 8,454

    You mean a "SUB"
    You need to hire a subcontractor.

    Open the phone book.
    Start calling contractors.
    There owner/ operators..

    But be careful.
    When your customers start seeing a truck with a different business listed on the door they will start to call them and not you.
     
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Watch for trucks with plows or mounts on them and ask who they plow for. A quick way to find a sub.
     
  5. bltp203

    bltp203 Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    Post an ad here on Plowsite........
     
  6. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Around here they believe it or not post in the "Employment" classifieds. They run ads in the "Tire & Parts" too ,like we would need parts?
     
  7. Plowin in VT

    Plowin in VT Senior Member
    Messages: 233

    You can always post an ad on Craigslist. Just be careful, check their insurance as well as references. As SnoFarmer said, just watch out, as customers might start calling them, or your sub might try poaching your accts next season!
     
  8. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Another tip is don't have just one sub. Try to split the work between 2 or more. This way if one is unavailable or the truck is out of service you have people to do the work. I have worked big events where it ended up being me and the contractor doing the work of 5 trucks.Because the other 3 had broke down or were unavailable.
    As you grow your company consider having a backup truck you can use or put to work. Stock some extra parts like hoses, pump relays, springs and pins. That way you can keep the fleet in service during the event.
     
  9. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    i am glad to hear that youre buisness is growing and i hope that you need 30 sub's but untill then i would (if financially possible) buy another truck, even if it's just an old beater.




    PJ
     
  10. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Craigs list is awesome. MAKE SURE they provide you with a certificate of insurance with you listed on it, that way if their policy expires or is canceled the insurance company notifies you directly. Make them sign a "no compete" agreement, and buy some magnetic signs with your company info and number on them, require them to display them on their vehicles while plowing.