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whats a fair price for this

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by BillyRgn8, Jan 22, 2005.

  1. BillyRgn8

    BillyRgn8 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    heres the situation a buddy of mines company may be wanting to employ me to do the sidewalks at there commmerical accounts and the have alot including 2 schools. heres the deal, what do you think a fair hourly wage would be for me to charge>? i would be using all of my equipment, including truck and workers. equiptment would be a toro 10hp 28 inch snow blower, a 3 hp paddle blower, nessacary shovels, me , a worker who i am paying 15 an hour, and possibly more workers depending on our time frame to get it done, my gas, and diesel for the truck which is a 98 Gmc 2500 6.5l turbo diesel - no plow. i was thinking about 80 per hour, any body got a price ?
  2. IndySnowPlow

    IndySnowPlow Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 214

    Sounds ok......figure your costs & try to get a decent profit % after expenses.
  3. divihydroseed

    divihydroseed Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    As a snowplowing contractor, I've done it and I can say walk shoveling sucks. I would be willing to pay whatevery I needed (within reason) to get the walks cleared by someone who will show up every storm, and that I wouldn't have to worry about not showing up one storm or another.

    Right now I'm considering hiring people at $25. or $30. dollars an hour to shovel - with no snowblowers. I've considered using temporary labor, but it would require more aggrevation than I need. So I think $40. an hour, per person with equipment - for reliable people I don't have to chase around be a bargain. The only thing I can say is that if the person already bid on the job, it may be too much as there locked into a price.

    As for me, I'm going to bid $40. an hour for walks next season - and if it's too much for the client, so be it. I have to pay someone because I'm not going to do it.

    Something to keep in mind, as a small contractor (30 residential / 5 commercial) - I would love to outsouce my walkways. If you can find a way to do it efficiently and market it to companies, you've got yourself a goldmine. My advice - think outside the box and call around to big companies - you could be in for a windfall next season. Best of luck!!