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new guy in need of help

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by bmales11, Dec 19, 2010.

  1. bmales11

    bmales11 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Hey guys this is my first year plowing and just looking for a few tips I have about 8 residential accounts and 2 offers as a subcontractor. What should I charge? and how should i try advertising?
  2. MattR

    MattR Senior Member
    Messages: 218

    I am a little confused here. You do not know what to charge, yet you have landed 8 residential accounts? Are they under the assumption that you are plowing for free since you have not given them a price yet? Or did you give them a price and now you are second guessing what you are charging them?
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    kind of late in the year to get more accounts
    you may get a 1 time push in a bif storm tho
  4. bmales11

    bmales11 Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    These have been landscaping accounts during the summer and I offered plowing this winter for the first time just curious on what to charge
  5. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    I use my gut feeling and stay out of lowballer's territory. How do you price your other services? Use that as a guideline
  6. peterng

    peterng Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    In my area a truck and driver goes for $95/hr. Costs run around $55 of that.

    On anything odd that isn't straightforward to bid I tell them first pass I'll run it for $1.50/minute. I'll do the first pass free, let them know how much it would of been and then they can decide.

    Lots of other guidelines but that's enough so you can get paid to learn.
  7. Flawless440

    Flawless440 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,543

    I charge $50 normal Snow Blow Drives Walks, Salt
  8. infineon954

    infineon954 Senior Member
    Messages: 251

    What are the approximate sizes of the driveways? Materials of the driveways(concrete,ashphalt,gravel,etc.)? As for sub wages it varies from state to state...go with what your comfortable with as long as fuel, insurance, repair costs, etc. are covered. I plow commercially(residential and commercial are two very different animals) and a ENTRY LEVEL owner/operator could get anywhere from $30-40/hr. Like I say though, that varies from state to state..As for advertising, your work is your advertising.
  9. Wayne Volz

    Wayne Volz Senior Member
    Messages: 694

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