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help what do i charge

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Eric78Fordzilla, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. Eric78Fordzilla

    Eric78Fordzilla Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    what do you guys use as a rule of thumb for charging people. my first year a couple of driveways what do i use as a guage on money i live in southwest michigan snows coming and i need to bid on a couple other places any ideas. i have no clue.:help:
  2. Chrisxl64

    Chrisxl64 Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 574

    Try a search,,,this is like ultrrrrrrrra common.
  3. f250man

    f250man PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,124

    I use the rule of $1 per min of plowing residential and $2 per min commercial. And adjust accordingly. Im sure that is just a basic starting point and depends on you and your area. Im sure most guy wont agree.
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,236

    I use the rule of thumb that I need to make a profit to stay in business. Before that I need to cover my overhead and expenses.
  5. Kenyou

    Kenyou Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    I'll drink to that! Not everybody has the same overhead.
  6. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    $25.00 ,10% off if they pay before it snows.
  7. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,422

    I say the rule of thumb is...Save yourself the aggrevation and stress and get some sleep at night while I run around like a chicken with my head cut off, trying to get everything done before all the morons start heading out to work in their fancy Mercedes and Volvos.

    Sorry, I'm just trying to get into the snow plowing spirit!
  8. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    then go sub to a company that does have a clue. Then next year think about bidding your own work. You will learn alot from subbing, and it alllows you to focus more on the task at hand than dealing with customers starting out.

    And yes, I just checked, the SEARCH button is still working.