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New Plow, Big Truck, No Experience Plowing

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Wade123, Nov 8, 2005.

  1. Wade123

    Wade123 Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Hi, I need some advise. I just bought a Meyers C8.5 snowplow new for my '97 Dodge 3/4 ton diesel. I have a potential client that wants me to bid plowing a 2.2 mile private dirt drive shared by three houses. Since I am new to this, I don't really know what or how to charge. Also, I am planning to run an ad and need to know where and how to go about it. Also, I need some advise on what kind of jobs are best for my equipment and what my limitations are although most of this is common sense. Lastly, I need some info on getting bonded and writting up an agreement for my clients regarding a release in liability for damaging unmarked objects under the snow. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Wade
     
  2. Mick

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

    Well, my advise would be to stick with the road you've got. Sounds like a pretty nice one. I'd charge basically what you think it's worth. In my area, I'd start with $100 a mile for a 3-6" snow. You don't need to be bonded. You do need Commercial Vehicle insurance (not your regular vehicle insurance) and General Liability insurance. Contact your local independent insurance agent to discuss these. Forget contracts and release of liability forms. In my opinion, not worth the paper they're written on. They won't protect you from liability. As far as ads - contact the local paper and put in something like "Snowplowing - xxx area", your first name and phone number. Then sit back, wait for the phone to ring and read up on different subjects and ask questions here as you think of them.

    Seriously, stay away from contracts the first year.