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Help Bidding

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by shaunnshelly, Sep 22, 2011.

  1. shaunnshelly

    shaunnshelly Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    When do you stop bidding? When is enough, enough? Do you sacrifice quality for quantity? Do you take everything offered and hope for the best? These questions pertain to large commercial lots. Equipment shouldn't be a problem (as long as their is no break downs). I worry about help showing up on time or at all.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Better to be 90% full then 100% and do a sloppy job on all of them.
  3. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    This year I plan to stop bidding march 30th and start again on april 2nd (its a weekend) Never sacrifice quality for quantity, don't be ashamed to turn down work, or sub it out
  4. ponyboy

    ponyboy Senior Member
    Messages: 934

    Nope I take all I get at my price, never do a job unless u make money. Theta are always people looking for work subs,labor. I have signed a contract after first blizzard last year the company could not do it to satification I did the work and turned it into a 5 year contract.
  5. shaunnshelly

    shaunnshelly Senior Member
    Messages: 143

    At what point do you decline contracts when the price is right? I guess what I'm getting at is, if we get less than adverage snowfall I make out. But if we get hammered my life becomes more stressful. I don't mind paying the bills on large snowfall events. I just don't like dealing with the stress of the help. On the other hand. If I decline a contract and we have less than adverage snowfall I will be kicking myself for not taking contract.
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Laws of avenges,If you do take on more and get a big snow season and rip you hair out you can take the extra money and by a toupee!
  7. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,192

    The only way you loose money is on 1 year contracts. On a 5 year contract things are going to work out in the end. If you sit down and work out how much money is left at the end of each night you might as well quit now.

    I send the guys when it snows. I never think about the money. I have enough confidence in my pricing to know I will be OK. I hope there is no way I could ever loose money.

    Only take on enough work that you have the man power for. Subs are great but you need the right ones.
  8. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Know what's enough

    Know what your production possibilities are for your equipment and subs and stop at that. That's my .02 worth. It's easy to kick yourself in a slow winter if you didn't overbook. However, the loyalty created in a hard winter by giving the service you promised is well worth it if the jobs are priced properly.

    We take fewer jobs at a higher price and provide the service. We did it the other way from 1979 to 1987 and it got really old. When we switched it around, life became much easier and our clients were happy and loyal.