Snow Plowing Forum banner
1 - 16 of 16 Posts

· Registered
Joined
·
22 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I've been reading plow site for a while now, I love the information on here. I have been plowing for about 10 year's now, mostly driving for someone or operating equipment. Last year I bought a plow for my truck, unfortunatly we didn't get much snow, but I had work for a landscaper I know. I'm hooked up with the same guy this year. I do all commercial parking lots, my question is do any of you guy's get paid for the time spent traveling to different sites? I lost quite a bit of time (more then a few hours) during the last 2 storms we had in Mass. traveling around. Another guy I know want's me to work for him and will pay me for the whole time I'm out. I feel bad leaving this guy cause we have a long history together but I wanna make as much as possible and I'm just curuious what other people are getting paid for?
 

· Registered
Joined
·
1,171 Posts
Don't be a scab, stay loyal to the guy that has taken care of you for the last 10 years! :guns:
 

· Registered
Joined
·
1,867 Posts
Sorry, that's crap
My guys get paid from the time they leave my shop til the time they get back. (unless they take a lunch or something)
I think that's a lot more typical than only paying on time on lot
If he's only paying for time there, you should get a percentage (1/2 or more) of what he's billing for the lot.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
667 Posts
Tell him that his competition is offering paid drive time, but you appreciate his business and would like to propose a compromise before your are forced to make a tough business decision.

How about a 15 minute "trip charge" per site, or something that would equal half (or better) of the amount of drive time you spend servicing his sites. Tell him you prefer to stay with him, and the properties that your are familiar with (familiarity = qaulity workmanship). You also understand that he may have them bid tight and full paid drive time may not be in the budget, and that's why you're willing to stay for partial drive pay only this year, and you can talk about next year later.

If he balks, remind him that "Business is business" and make the change. As an equipment OWNER you pay for expenses to get the truck to his sites and you HAVE to recoop that cost.
"Portal to Portal charges apply" is common language for "We will be billing you a trip charge or reasonable hourly rate to cover loading and transportation", and you will see this in most contracts of successful companies.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
378 Posts
options

think Cowboy is closest to my thoughts.

Either by the hour/mile or percentage.
I have seen the advantages of hiring a sub for construction,yard work, painting and plowing.

If it is byt the hour, there is not much reward to be efficient.

If I 'sell' the job to a sub or employee (including call-backs and repairs) then, I am rewarded
for my sale and my profit. If (they) accept the terms / the job,..then we both come out
ahead. If there is a problem,..it is their problem.

This also permits the sub to squeeze in their own jobs if they still get mine done on time
and to the quality expected. They feel better about making fair $$.

Sure, some will go off on their own. And some may attempt to undercut my quote,
but the level of service and communication with clients keeps most of them loyal.
And, I usually get the --others back, eventually.

tc
 

· Registered
Joined
·
28,739 Posts
I'm with NJ Plowman.

Here's my opinion as well with being the owner, and having guys work for me.

I pay from the time they get to my house until the time they drop the equipment off at my house.

Although, I can see if from your guy's point of view too.

There's nothing holding my guys back from doing drives on the side on my time other than honesty.

Unlike lawn work, you can't get a REAL solid time on how long it takes to do commercial lots. You can have a good rough estimate, but if they're doing 6-7-8-9-10 / night, you could be off by 2-3-4 hours, depending on how everything goes.

They could be done early, but then doing side jobs on your time, getting paid at both ends.

Hence the "it takes an hour to do this job at a 2" snowfall, you're getting paid an hour's worth of work whether it takes you 45 minutes, or 1 hour 20 minutes".
 

· Registered
Joined
·
150 Posts
I'm TOTALLY about being loyal but in this situation I would talk to the guy you've been working for and see if the two of you might be able to "renegotiate" your current deal. Seriously, you've been there for him for ten years!!! I'm pretty sure he'll see things from your side if you bring it up to him. No reason to jump ship, just make a few necessary changes that will benefit the both of you.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
378 Posts
I was thinking that the sub had his own truck and expenses so I
would 'sell' him a share of the job--but I would set the price to him.
What I get is my business and my effort.

The other points I read are well taken
tc
 

· Registered
Joined
·
1,103 Posts
Not being paid the full time you are out is like only being paid when your plow is actually on the ground. If you pick up your plow to back up, you're off of the clock. You're back on the clock when the plow hits the ground.

On the other hand a secure relationship and places to plow has a lot to say for staying with him. You could move to the other guy and have more time logged in, but be let go because he found someone else.

Talk with him and see what he says. He will probably pay to keep you on.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
606 Posts
You should be getting paid driving from site to site. For example, my first job is about 45min from my house. I do not get paid to drive to the first site(thats just commuting time), but once I arrive I am on the clock and stay on the clock to the other sites. I have other guys that work for me and pick up the equipment from my house. They are on the clock once they arrive to my house and go off the clock when they come back.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
1,812 Posts
owner/operator and sub

as an employee, you should be paid by the hour and use company equipment/gas/insurance, as a sub you should be paid by the job using your own equipment and have your own insurance.

employee: paid hourly requires LOTS of trust since no incentive to be productive, and absolutely should not pick up side jobs. A GPS is a must in my opinion to help "keep" the trust level.
sub: paid by the job ensures timely work (not necessarily quality) and easy book keeping. and as long as it doesn't bite into your customers time frame, should allow for side jobs. depending on state law you might not need workers comp. downside is you loose more of your profit, but getting 50-60% of a job for doing nothing more than sending out a bill, not too shabby.

if your buddy is paying you by the hour you really should be paid from the time you start the route till the time you roll into the shop, but as a sub you could double your monies.
 

· Banned
Joined
·
12,531 Posts
When I plowed/subed for someone else, we were not paid for travel time.
He was not going to pay you for stopping at a store or for gas, coffee or whatever.
He wanted you to get to the next job fast. and plow

He only paid if you were plowing but he would also buy breakfast at the end.
 

· Registered
Joined
·
498 Posts
Talk to him, if you have been with him for ten years, then he obviously wants to keep you around.

If you are an employee you should be getting paid the whole time, less breaks.
If you are a sub, then usually a percentage of the work, not based on time, since it is your truck, expenses, ins., etc. Otherwise you are just an expensive employee if you are getting paid by the hour as a sub. Not much reason to be productive. The whole point to being a sub is that you are more productive, and take more pride in your work. That is why getting paid hourly as a sub sucks for both of you. Even if you wanted to be more productive, you don't have the capability to go beyond your hourly rate. That is unles you are off the clock and doing your own jobs. Just my .02
Sub and employee are not the same thing.

Employee=not much risk, not much reward:(
Sub= some risk, some reward:eek:
Owner = by far the most risk, by far the most reward:D

Pick your poison, and talk to him before you just bale
 

· Registered
Joined
·
1,171 Posts
There might be mitigating circumstances and maybe he can't afford to pay you travel time. If he has looked out for you for 10 years (even when he was slow) that means something to me. Sometimes if he pays from the minute he calls you to the minute you pull back into the driveway you might make more than he does and maybe he can't afford that. Like I said, there might be mitigating circumstances. Talk to him and work it out, if he kept you for 10 years he probably will be more than happy to work something out.

So again, I believe that if you just jump ship that would make you a scab! No offense, but to me you would have no loyalty if you jumped ship. :guns:

Loyalty above all else except honor! :nod:
 

· Registered
Joined
·
514 Posts
My 2cents ( from a business owner ) I pay snow subs an hourly rate while "plowing" and if & only if they have to drive to multiple sites we pay them $10 per hour of travel time. Thats more than fair to cover their time & expenses...you have to remember, when the snow hits the ground...the "others" on the road restrict our ability to quickly get to the next job, it adds up quickly.

BTW...Im not paying a sub $100 hr to drive around :realmad:
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.
Top