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When To Bid And What To Charge A Church.

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by mattpiotrowski, Feb 4, 2013.

  1. mattpiotrowski

    mattpiotrowski Junior Member
    Messages: 26

    Im 18 Years old, I've always been out with my father plowing snow since i was old enough to get out. I've done snow plowing with my fathers truck since i was 16 for a few drive ways. this year i put a plow on my truck and picked up a few drive ways for my self and and get sub contracted through a local excavating business to plow snow. Next Year i wanna up grade and get a few commercial accounts. Some of my questsions are

    When should i get out and start looking for contracts for plowing?
    What should i charge? by hour? push or just by the job?
    what kind of contract?
    who should i talk to and what should i ask?

    Also there is a church down the road from me. i would like to pick that one up but not to sure what to charge. the parking like is about equal to a cvs or walgreens parking lot not to big with a cemetery in the back.

    Thanks Matt.
     
  2. kg26

    kg26 Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    Don't charge them anything get the write off. Good to have a few pro-bono cases. Now if you have a few churches...
     
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Churches make money.so should you.
     
  4. JimMarshall

    JimMarshall Senior Member
    from NW PA
    Messages: 785

    I charge the churches that I do, but always pick a month and donate my services for the month.... Amounts to the tune of about a $700 dollar donation. They always announce it and put it in the bulletin. I've gotten way more back in customers because of it than I lose on the donation.
     
  5. kg26

    kg26 Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    I'm not saying don't charge any of them, What I'm is it never hurts to have a few locations you do probono.
     
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    You need to check on this, But I think you can't it as a write off unless in goes onto your books as revenue.
     
  7. Wilnip

    Wilnip Senior Member
    Messages: 583

    It's a commercial property,charge as such. You still assume the same responsibility/risk. I have one small church and treat it just like all the other businesses, cause that's all it is. You have lots of time to read some threads on this site. If you search for your questions, they probably have been answered already.
    Good luck.
    I'd send out bids in mid October.
     
  8. kg26

    kg26 Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    I will check on this, I was unaware thank you. I was under the impression you could operate as a charitable contribution with in reason of course.
     
  9. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,637

    Will that charitable contribution cover your operating costs? Remember you will be responsible if someone slips and falls, and you are talking about not getting paid for it. I understand it feels good to help the local church but do you think they will help you if one of clergy is suing you?
     
  10. kg26

    kg26 Senior Member
    Messages: 300

    Good points, I suppose half the battle is making money and covering operating cost the other half is protection.
     
  11. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Same as I bid anything else.... Time + materials + labor = Bid price!
     
  12. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Isn't time and labor the same thing?
     
  13. peterng

    peterng Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    I find up here they are a very high level of service deal.

    The bigger churches in this area are heavily involved in their own small businessventures to generate revenue. Daycares on site, bingo, arts classes, rental property etc.

    They have a hard time finding an outfit that can service the massive pedestrian ramps, extensive walkways with all the services. Baptisms, funerals + mass 7 days a week. Friday night cancer mass every 4th friday. Bingo every Wed night. The one big one I have is a high level of service and it costs a lot to take care of it. Big commitment. Not a freebee. I donate some time on site dealing with seasonal flooding and other small jobs they want done.

    just my 2 cents.
     
  14. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,439

    The kid is new and wanting to start off on his own. Telling him to donate his time will only make him go under faster. I'm all about giving back, but...................................

    That being said, churches are tough to get. Usually there's a parishiner or 2 that either do donate their time, do it cheap, or are on a board or something and have a little power so they get paid what its worth. Easy work, but I bid or at least doorknocked 7-8 of them a few years back and didn't get a single one.
     
  15. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,868

    Time being like 75 minutes to do the work, labor as in charging $80.00 per hour for that work.
     
  16. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I do 3 churches year contacts and I give % discount to the members of the churches If hey hire me at there home or business I started this about 5 years ago and my work load increase alot just around the members
    Some members might not own a business but runs one To me a church is easy way get your foot in to a lot of doors
     
  17. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Time and Labor is to different things

    Labor 4 hrs eat some donuts Labor 4hrs You day is 8 hrs labor 1 hr of time is wasted:laughing: