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picking up work from driving through neighbourhoods?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by ScnicExcellence, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. ScnicExcellence

    ScnicExcellence Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    Just wondering how you guys pick up work just driving around?

    Last year i only got waived down once. The truck wasn't looking the greates though, this year i have cleaned the truck up a bit.

    Thinking the best way to do it is probably just put a sign on the truck and drive around while people are shoveling. Something like a price or something like that. What would you guys suggest?

    I only have 6 houses and one apart building with 30 spots

    so i could really use a pickup on the numbers to cover myself for the winter.
  2. Outd00r Maint..

    Outd00r Maint.. Senior Member
    Messages: 146

    just drive around and when u see somebody struggling shoveling ask him to plow his driveway
  3. shott8283

    shott8283 Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    ive been flagged down multiple times by shovelers asking for a quick job.. i tell them 5 bucks.. just to help out..

    and before the low baller nut kick comes through.. i havnt scored and account doing this.. just helping people out in the neighborhood

    and its usually when they get to the end of the driveway where the county plows have been pummeling there and with wet junk all day..
  4. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    When i plowed township roads back in the day. (starting again this year) People use to wave us down all the time. It was great we would back in do the driveway and the keep on plowing the road. We were double dipping hard core. Getting paid by the hour to plow the road and doing driveways when you were still on the clock.

    Then the day came. When one of the plow guys (not me) Plow someones drive way and they went to the township meeting and was raising hell about tax payers paying us to do driveways. So that put a stop to all that. If we got caught you were fired. So now i was telling people i would have to come back after i was off the clock. By that tiome someone esle already did them.
  5. ScnicExcellence

    ScnicExcellence Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    Holy that was good while it lasted i bet.
  6. clark lawn

    clark lawn PlowSite.com Addict
    from NE ohio
    Messages: 1,233

    ive had better luck driving the old beat up f250 around than when im in a nice truck, people see you in a beat up truck and no matter how much i tell them they think they are getting a deal. I think they believe old beat up truck means im a lowballer or something. ive sold more lawn and landscape work if i show up in the old truck to than in my 2001 F250 4x4 superduty diesel. By the way the old one is a 95 f250 4x4 that has the typical ford cancer.
  7. Deco

    Deco Senior Member
    Messages: 453

    you cant anymore , everybody and their sister has a blower :waving:
  8. wizardsr

    wizardsr PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,584

    We don't do any flag-downs, way too much liability. You never know what's under the snow on a property you've never seen before...
  9. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    That is ture.

    But most flag downs i ever did they never even ask for your name. So after you leave, it would be hard for them to try to get a hold of you if they have problems or want to sue. Plus even if they did. There is no proof you even plowed the driveway if they paid you cash.
  10. D&S snowplowing

    D&S snowplowing Member
    Messages: 40

    ive been flagged down multiple times in neighborhoods i have a stack of liabilty wavers i keep in the truck with me if they look like they may be one of people that will give problems...some have turned into accounts...its nice to pick them up for cash because thats coffee money or lunch money that u werent expecting when u woke up that day
  11. My truck is fully decaled and says "CALL US" right on the side. That in itself gives people the feeling we are recruiting business. The best storms are the ones that end about 6-7am on a weekday. Go out and have your windows down and lights flashing and drive real slow past the shovelers. I charge minimum $40 to drop my blade for a one shot deal. I also keep contracts in my truck incase someone wants to sign up for a seasonal rate.

    Last winter in one morning I made almost $900 cash from people waving me down.
  12. erty67

    erty67 Member
    from RI
    Messages: 48

    so true. after the last storm, I took a drive basically just to get a coffee and I couldn't believe how many driveways were blown.
  13. jg244888

    jg244888 Senior Member
    Messages: 100

    what does your liability waiver state? could you post a copy? thx
  14. h8to wrk

    h8to wrk Member
    Messages: 37

    Because I only plow for my self and family I get waved down all the time. Mostly just to clear the end of the drive way where the city plow has pushed all the crap from the road. It might be because I Just have a regular truck with a plow. I just make it clear that I am not perfect but I would be glad to help out.
  15. rodbuilder

    rodbuilder Junior Member
    Messages: 7

    any plower that drops his plow for $5.00 ought to be punched in the nose. You're only reducing yourself to the "cockroach" level when you get that desperate for worl.
  16. amen brother!!!
  17. andcon83

    andcon83 Senior Member
    Messages: 388

    I make a little paper ad that says Snow Plowing/Shoveling with my number hanging on tags at the bottom. I put them at the local coffee hang out and at the grocery store. Any place that has a bulliten board. $20-$25 minimum here. Cash is best!!!!!!!!!!
  18. MattR

    MattR Senior Member
    Messages: 218

    Then I guess you believe this "cockroach" needs to be punched in the nose too then. On Christmas day I plowed the driveway apron of an eldery lady trying to clear the freezing slush/snow mix that the city plow left there for her. Her neighbor (one of my customers) gave me a $5 tip when I told her no charge. So technically I dropped the plow for that. Next time I will consult the both of you before doing anything kind for somebody, even if it is an eldery lady on Christmas. Afterall I would hate to get punched in the nose over the internet. :laughing:

    Read Shott's post before replying to it, it was basically referring to a driveway apron, not the whole driveway. The apron takes what... one whole minute total if you go very slow clearing it. $5 for a minute of work is not bad at all.

    Last edited: Dec 28, 2009
  19. YardMedic

    YardMedic PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,266

    There's no way I'm doing any flag down for less than full price, and the driveway apron is $10 or more. I had a guy last year ask for a free swipe -- "how about when you're done there you turn around & hit this?" I knew what he implied, so I came back with "Ok... $10." He tried to argue with me that it was a single pass. I didn't argue with him but stayed firm with my quote. He didn't buy, and I didn't care. It's one thing to do charity on your own terms, and I have that option at my discretion, but when someone expects free work.... EF 'em! I try to recruit flag downs permanently, as they are obviously on my route if I was passing by!
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2009
  20. bigmudder77

    bigmudder77 Senior Member
    from wooster
    Messages: 125

    i use to get flagged down while plowing the house beside them not much when driving down the road but did get couple calls from people i drove past that remembered the number on the side of the truck

    if your gonna have a sign make sure your number is huge who care about the (SNOWPLOWING) huge then your number small cause they can see the plow and see the number and put 2 together rather than seeing snowplowing then a little number that they cant read

    just a thought for people that dont get alot of calls