We price it by the season.<p>Your fixed costs:<br>You buy a $35k truck which needs to be paid for regardless of snow. You pay insurance, shop rent, advertising & administrative costs, which are fixed. You pay for monthly phone/cellular & pager service. Your municipal licenses are paid. You put on new snow tires each year. You need to place marker stakes whether it snows or not.<p>Most importantly, YOU need to get paid on a regular basis.<p>What fluctuates w/ snow? The amount of fuel? Cutter-edge wear? Those things are minor in the big picture.<p>My customers pay for me to be available and ready to plow when needed. It's like the fire department, you pay for men/machines/resources to be ready to go.<p>I understand different parts of the country work differently, but when 80% of your costs are fixed, why charge per time?