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Question for those in the know...

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by MOWBIZZ, Sep 26, 2007.


    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    Hi guys,
    I have an opportunity to do some contract plowing work for another landscaper for 20-25 of his residentials (driveways)
    He is offering me a 60 % cut of his accounts that are all in a 2 neighboring town area. If he averages $1000 per storm I would be making $600 for doing the work. Let me add that these towns are in my direct vicinity. Anything you can recommend would be greatly appreciated.
    Personally I would rather it be 75%/25% as he is doing nothing but collecting the money but then again, it's work....
    Let me know what you think.
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2007
  2. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    Is it using your own equipment or using his?

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    Good question...

    Sorry, that would be a biggie...using my stuff...2004 F250 and a Sno Way 8 ft 29
  4. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    I would say atleast 70%. I do it as my own business no helpers. But I would atleast pay 70%

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    I was thinking that...

    Myself...Haven't talked in person with this guy yet, but he seems very protective of his accounts. At first he wanted to sell all 20-25 plowing accounts lock, stock, and barrel for $1000. Now he's hedging about someone "moving in" on his landscape accounts, and changing his ad to use a contractor instead. I think they would have been a good deal at $1000 flat (i own them) but like I said, he's changing his tune...we'll see...
  6. SnoFarmer

    SnoFarmer PlowSite Fanatic
    from N,E. MN
    Messages: 7,921

    His costumers owe you nothing, they contracted with him not you.
    I bet there are no contracts for the snow removal any-way.

    I hired xyz to plow my drive.
    then Mr. plow, plows it and sends me a bill. I do not pay Mr plow because I did not hire him.
    How do I know if Mr. plow has INS.?
    Maybe I would not hire Mr.plow?

    Be careful buying accounts you can get burned....
  7. cjasonbr

    cjasonbr Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 635

    You wouldn't "own them" unless he has them contracted for many years, which i very much doubt. Essentially you would be buying a list of names and phone-numers.

    If you spent $1,000 on advertising you'd have more customers than you could handle.

    MOWBIZZ Senior Member
    Messages: 500

    Good answers...

    Well, I've talked further with him and it's definitely, going to be a contractor situation. At this point I am looking for the work so I believe I will contract for him while building my own clientele. Yes...$1000 would go far in advertising! Damn 2 line ad in the local rag is about $250 for a 2 week run!!