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What would you guys do?

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by tim975, Oct 4, 2007.


Would you take new account, or pass?

  1. Go for it

    23 vote(s)
  2. Pass on it

    3 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. tim975

    tim975 Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    Hey guys, I need to ask something and need your opinion. I have a friend that had a commercial plowing account, and wants to give it to me. It's about the size of a bowling alley lot, and easy to do. The thing is, I would probably have to give up one of my other accounts, which are 3 smaller four-plex apartments, each lot about the size to fit about 8 pickup trucks. I've been plowing the four-plex's for 4 years now, and the owners are good people, never had any issues at all, except one of the buildings is always full of cars, and everything has to be back-drug from behind the cars. Not to mention very little room to pile snow. I was told by my friend that the owners of his account are just as good to deal with as well. I hate to tell my customer that I can't do them anymore, since they've been really good to me. If you were in this situation, would you jump on the new account, or pass it up?
  2. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    do both
    I don't understand why you would have to drop them?
    This can't be much more than an hour or two worth of extra work.
  3. tim975

    tim975 Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    Hello Lonecowboy, I was looking at it this way. I have a route set up for all my accounts, and I do them according to the time they need to be done by. Almost all of my accounts need to be done very early in the morning, including the few four-plex's. This new account needs done by 10:00 AM. That way it would give me extra time in the early morning to do the rest of my accounts, and I can do this one last. I just didn't want to overload myself, that's all.
  4. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    go for it who are you in busness for you or them what ever makes your life esier, Try to do both of them if you upset them you will just loose the account and thats what you will be doing anyway if you give it up and you never know they could be understanding and alow you more time my .02
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,864

    Just add the account. If someone complains throughout the year, tell them that you're sorry, that to keep their prices low that you added an extra account, but since there's too much of a time constraint, that next year you'll drop that account, but have to raise their rate in order to keep the time slot open.
  6. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,196

    I would look at the new account as a bonus. If it doesn't have to be done until 10 then keep them both. If you don't need the extra money then do what is best for you. Just notify your customer of your decision in a timely manner so they can make other arrangements.
  7. tim975

    tim975 Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    Thank you guys for all the great info, I really appreciate it.
  8. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    most defentally take on the account....get a sub on standby and if you need him have him make a few passes in the lot till you get there, or have him do the whole thing.
  9. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    tell him you want free bowling too.
  10. rfed32

    rfed32 Senior Member
    Messages: 473

    i would say do both...if its to much you can always find a guy to help you out...with all the people with plows these days theres got to be someone in ur area looking for work and they u can collect on him plowin and not you
  11. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    I'd take it
    It never seems to snow at the right time for me to clear everything anyway.
    I put in "cleared in 24 hours", but I never commit to a time. how I do clear by 10am if it doesn't start snowing til 5am? Can't be done.
    I try of course to get it all done before they open or resi's get out in the morning, but I can't gaurantee it, despite my total ability to do everything, I don't in fact control the weather. :blush2:
  12. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    Is it easy to get to?

    is it with-in reasonable travel distance from your other contracts?

    do you have a plow buddy you can call if you get in a bind?

    Is the new job a good pay?

    The grass is always greener.:)

    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bushpayup

    God helps those who help themselves (my mothers favorite cliche) :cool:

    Go for it, if the answer to the questions are yes, if any of the answers are no think hard before taking it.
  13. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,760

    too much work is a better problem to have than not enough. (since we're doing proverbs. :cool: )
  14. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,032

    "Don't bite off more than you can chew" is another LOL.
  15. tim975

    tim975 Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    I got dumped!

    Hey guys, sorry I've been busy but wanted to update you on what's happening. I told my friend I'd do it for him, so he went to talk to the owner, and apparently they want to give it to someone that's a "frequent customer", which my friend is, and that's why he had it, but he never knew that was the reason why he had it. Yeah, everything was great about it, the location, ease of work, good pay. I helped my friend plow this lot last year, and they know what kind of work I do. My friend said he'll keep pressure on the owner, but I won't hold my breath over it. I'll keep you posted.
  16. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    that makes sense to me. sponsor a league team there, should only cost $100. take your family bowling. we always have our christmas party at the bowling alley and it got me the job at ours.
  17. MB3

    MB3 Senior Member
    Messages: 123

    Keep your friend doing it

    I would tell you friend to keep the account and that you would do it for him. That way, you get to keep it, and he could help you out if you got in a jam.payup
  18. CNY Plow

    CNY Plow Senior Member
    Messages: 145

    Why is he GIVING it away?

    What's the catch?
    I did a Bowling lot years ago, it was an all day event - but they paid very well for it.
    Resturant open for breakfast - plow by 5 am and keep clear till 3 pm.
    League bowling starts at 4 pm - keep lot clear till bar closing - 3am.
    Once in a while the lot would be empty enough to actually clear all the snow.
  19. JeepPlow18

    JeepPlow18 Senior Member
    Messages: 658

    Again I would go for both.payup payup
  20. Quality SR

    Quality SR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,828

    I agree... Good luck