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How Do I compete??

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by ffmedjoe, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. ffmedjoe

    ffmedjoe Junior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 29

    So I went and bought another plow the other day because I'm sick of using my tractor to clean off my driveway. The last time I did it, it was -20. I had a snow plow business for 5 years when I was younger and I think next year I'm going to try to get back in it. The local guys that are around here charge about $15-$20 per driveway. My driveway is about 250ft long by about 30ft wide. Years ago i would charge $35-$45 for this kind of driveway. They are guys who own other businesses, one owns a local feed mill and the other owns the local repair shop. So plowing is something they do for "fun." My question is how on earth is someone supposed to compete with this? The only thing i can offer is that they don't plow overnights and it's hard to get them to come out on the weekends. Or do I drive to a different town about 15 min away?

    Any thoughts?
  2. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Don't do it. Jmo.
  3. MR. Elite

    MR. Elite Senior Member
    from E Town
    Messages: 557

    well, considering the fact that the other guys don't do overnights or weekends…. Then U advertising that U can have there drive or lot done anytime 24-7, should b all U need..?? But then again, depending on Ur demographic in Ur area, maybe some of those custy's jus don't care when it gets cleared???
    Kinda had 2 say without a lil more info of input??
  4. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    All it takes is for one good winter like we are having this year. There are more 15 to 20 dollar driveway guys around here than I care to think about, but my minimum is 35 dollars. With the big winter my phone is ringing off the hook, cause their guy can't make it, or doesn't know where else he can stack snow, or is just flat broken down again for the 3rd time this week.
  5. Glenn Lawn Care

    Glenn Lawn Care Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    $35-$45 for that size of a driveway is dirt cheap! I can get $95+ for that size. I wouldn't get back into it with those prices, There is no money in it.
  6. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

  7. Cbsnow

    Cbsnow Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    Exactly....you are trying to make money right! There will always be someone that is cheaper out there. I just wish the customers that want those prices well and move on.
  8. leolkfrm

    leolkfrm PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,978

    should have bought a cab for the tractor!
  9. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    you don't compete with them ,you go out and get your own stuff and pump up the benefits of your company.
  10. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Your name has me wondering, are you a full time FF? That is tough for a one man show, but it's something I have worked hard to negotiate
  11. ffmedjoe

    ffmedjoe Junior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 29

    PT FF full time Medic. It can be a chore, but i have enough time off that i can juggle. I did, up until last year work 48 at the firehouse and the other 60-70 hrs a week on our dairy farm.... so it will almost be like taking a vacation!!
  12. ffmedjoe

    ffmedjoe Junior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 29

    Plus..... I'm the boss where i work so last week when it snowed.... cough cough.. I'm sick
  13. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    Yeah well remember that if the powers that be know what you do outside, it may not take too long to have misuse of sick time!
  14. ffmedjoe

    ffmedjoe Junior Member
    from WI
    Messages: 29

    With the company I work for..... My sick time is the least of their worries!