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The "Big Dog" lost 1/2 of his contracts.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by doh, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. doh

    doh Senior Member
    Messages: 252

    Ok, the biggest contractor lost 1/3 of his business this year. To the second biggest contractor.

    So I ask, "How can the littleman pick up some of the slack?"

    I don't want anymore commercial. more residential.
     
  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,827

    What are you smoking?
     
  3. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Uhhh, what?
     
  4. Scott's

    Scott's Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    Some of you guys up north are in a diff world.
     
  5. blk90s13

    blk90s13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,157


    some ? :laughing: all of them :p
     
  6. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    There is no slack. 1/3 of some business was transferred from on contractor to another. Please define "slack".
     
  7. redman6565

    redman6565 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,411

    screw resientials, go commercial, less headaches and more money
     
  8. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    ok, first i would like to point out, that doing residential isn't always a bad idea, all those little old ladies need their snow done, even in a recession, and some contractors just aren't prepared to do commercial like others are. Secondly i believe that residential is less finiky on price, if some older couple likes you, and likes your work, they are not really going to care about that extra 5 dollars. As far a getting your hands on any of the residential contracts, i would canvas the areas that these contract are. get your name out there, also word of mouth, let all your current contract know that you are looking for new contracts, (this year i offered an incentive of one free month of service if someone recommended us and we got a new client because of the recommendation) Good luck
     
  9. plowinginma

    plowinginma Senior Member
    from MA
    Messages: 326

    Umm.. the more individual contracts you have.. the more logistics you have.. and the #1 biggy... Liabilty!! I would rather pickup one nice small lot like an acre or so ...compared to 2 diveways with cars in them..and oh ya get out and shovel the walk for an extra $15...
    Don't get me wrong Alot of people do only residental.. they do just fine.. they prefer it.. it depends on what you are setup for..I think travel time is the big issue with driveways.. if you have a whole subdivision i could see making some great money..
    I did driveways when I started plowing.. ........I don't even do my own driveway now.. I hire someone..they do a great job..
    I have a family that needs to be able to get out of the driveway.. I am not home at all durring storms or even near home.. sometimes don't see home for days... and the last thing I need is to come home to an icy packed mess..
     
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    I would suspect the likelihood of having a liability claim is much greater on one commercial vs. residentials producing the same revenue.
     
  11. Brant'sLawnCare

    Brant'sLawnCare PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,754

    I really like doing residentials. Well not doing them, but the loyality that comes with them. We have had the same customers and referrals from them for the last 2 years. All have resigned on this year, plus I picked up some neighboring accounts. Do good work, and they will notice. Like somebody else said, they won't price shop as long as you give them great service at a fair price.
     
  12. big acres

    big acres Senior Member
    Messages: 653

    Funny how this thread goes on even though the OP has never clarified exactly WTF he meant.:laughing:
     
  13. Scott's

    Scott's Senior Member
    Messages: 416

    Dosent matter anymore its not his thread nomore :laughing:
     
  14. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    2cor517
    I would suspect the likelihood of having a liability claim is much greater on one commercial vs. residentials producing the same revenue.

    "The Total truth to that claim"
     
  15. Bajak

    Bajak Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    I would agree. It's not like there are dozens of people coming and going all the time at a typical resi. Unless it's a Crack house or brothel.:rolleyes:
     
  16. Lil STX Ford

    Lil STX Ford Senior Member
    Messages: 176

    Up North in Canada we use plows instead of bumpers, frozen airbag in face hurts :(