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Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by beanz27, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    So while I am here attempting to start an end of season business, or at least go out and play with my equipment and get my name out there, I was wondering as I plowed around college areas and senior citizen areas, do you guys offer discounts?

    I mean senior citizen discounts, student discounts, paid in full, etc?

    I put one in my ad stating if you get 2 neighbors to sign up, your driveway gets done at a discounted price, and so does theirs...........anyone else doing this?
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    No need to give something away for free. A good price is all you need ,and service.
  3. CashinH&P

    CashinH&P Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    Nope no one gets a discount. The only driveway I do for free is my grandparents and thats because I live there haha
  4. Wilnip

    Wilnip Senior Member
    Messages: 593

    No. Advertise, be patient, do quality work and the customers will come.
  5. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,660

    I've thought of doing this. I would like to think this would work out especially well in a subdivision with an hoa. Hypothetically speaking, if you sign a driveway for let's say $350/season. If they sign up both their neighbors they get a 10% discount. I bet most would trade $35 for two accounts worth a combined $700.
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If your going to give it away try this. Instead of money off give them a gift certificate instead, This way you can right it off.
  7. Dogplow Dodge

    Dogplow Dodge PlowSite Veteran
    from NJ
    Messages: 3,699

    Excellent advice...

    service....... money talks and BS walks..
  8. hatefulmechanic

    hatefulmechanic Senior Member
    Messages: 228

    Discounts (other than pre-pay) typically attract a lower quality consumer.
  9. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,123

    No Discounts here. We only have a little time to make money and pay for things. I will not give it away.
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    That's right,the chick with the big hoots and short dress pays full price for a plowing.Thumbs Up
  11. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    Do you get a discount on gas and service and parts when your truck breaks down? No one gets discounts!
  12. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    I'm an oddball - we do give discounts sort of, it's all in pricing, knowing your costs. Society is made up of a twist on words, but yes good service will sell you way more than offering discounts. I find that usually coming in with a low price doesn't get you looked at seriously but there are customers that are focused on that dollar - for business longevity and growth, that's not the customers we are really looking for.

    Not being a bean counter or tax guy, but a write off is no difference than showing less income or if it is, explain to me how?? For instance, insurance prices for me are somewhat based on sales dollars, the cost impact would be meaningless but...
  13. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Well I was thinking about that one discount rather seriously though. I mean I do think it would work, and it would expand the business further and make a close route.

    $5 off for each neighbor you get to sign up. Don't you guys think that would be decent? At least for this or next year only? That $5 would in turn make another $35, so basically make $30 instead of $35, but having 2 or 3 houses right next to each other would be sooooo much nicer.....Am I wrong?
  14. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If you want to give it away how about this, 40 per plow but if they sign up before the 1st of Oct it will be 35. this way they get their 5 bucks off and you get your full price.
  15. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    I'm not trying to give a lower price or anything, what I'm trying to do is establish a very tight route. Think I may just letter the truck and if I can get the toolcat, letter that also. That should be enough, along with my outstanding work, you'd think so at least.
  16. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Order up some signs with your name and number. Every time you sign one up put a sign on the front yard,People will sign up with because the neighbor did,
  17. maxwellp

    maxwellp PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,123

    Now you're cooking with Crisco! :laughing:
    And we have a winner! Thumbs Up
    You know that may just work, slowly over the years I pick up neighbors as they see that their driveway is not done and there neighbors has been done for 12 hours. ;)
  18. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    But what do you charge her when your wife isn't around?:laughing:
  19. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I do charity work then.:cool:
  20. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    thats a GREAT idea, and I think I'll just do that.