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Got my first contract!

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by JeffNY, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. JeffNY

    JeffNY Senior Member
    Messages: 484

    He just brought the papers into me, signed. It was a place I really wanted, butts up to our property. He said its too cheap though, and he tells me what they used to pay the last guy, but IMO, the last guy was a little carried away, its a 15min job, they were paying $750/yr. I charged $500, based on 10 plows. Oh well, this was my first real bid, so thats the price you pay for being a rookie.
    Im just glad I got it. Next year, +100.
  2. Camden

    Camden PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,594

    Good job :drinkup: Now just make sure you perform well enough so that they continue to use you year after year.
  3. linycctitan

    linycctitan Senior Member
    Messages: 588

    Congrats on getting you foot in the door. Back it up with great service and he'll be one of your best advertisements. Word of mouth goes a looong way!
  4. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Congratulations. My advice in a situation like that is to accept his "help" graciously. He realizes you're new (even if you didn't tell him) and is wanting to feel superior. Let him, as long as it benefits you. Tell him you appreciate the extra $100 or whatever he offers. Take a lesson and go up on your estimates.
  5. AbsoluteH&L

    AbsoluteH&L Senior Member
    Messages: 573

    Great start! Get a few more and you'll have your plow covered in your first year. Hey where in NY are you? I love to see locals on here!
  6. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 934

    you can always try to send him a fuel sur charge to get more money if you wanted, it should be in your contract
  7. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,034

    I hope your joking!
  8. Stud Bro

    Stud Bro Senior Member
    Messages: 144

    Congrats I remember our first contracts stress full couple of months but as long as you do good work they keep coming back no mater what your price is (with in reason) allot of our contracts were not the lowest price but our costumers keep coming back because they are happy with the service and cant justify saving some money to get some one else. Keep him happy and his mouth will be the biggest billboard you can buy plus its free. Good luck
  9. tman3007

    tman3007 Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Congrats on your new contract! Just like everybody else said...prove to them that they won't EVER need anybody else. Especially on seasonal contracts, keep in close contact with the property owner throughout the season to make sure they are happy with how you are performing...it'll go a long way!