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When i should put out bids?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by MJD82, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. MJD82

    MJD82 Member
    Messages: 54

    How long before snow starts to fly do you guys put bids out for potential customers? I figure i'm going to get my name out there in the next couple of months and start talking to some of the smaller businesses and some people in the neighborhoods. Any advice from some of you veteran plowers out the would be great.
  2. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    It really depends on the customer. I have one on me now for a bid for 09-10 season. They want a signed contract asap. Some will wait till the last minute.
  3. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,780

    ASAP the sooner you get your name in their hands the better. Then keep hitting them with reminders of you and your services.
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    It's never too early.
  5. MJD82

    MJD82 Member
    Messages: 54

    good deal fellas thanks for the input
  6. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    Never too early to start. However, you will find that A LOT of people wait til the last minute to hire someone. I'll give you an example of how bad it is:
    We advertise online and I can see how many people click on our ads everyday. We get one or two per month over the summer, get 10-15 per month October, 20-30 in November, when we get our first snow forecast it goes up to 150-200 per day, and the day of the first snow we have gotten as many as 1,000 in one day!
    Knowing this happens, when I bid jobs over the summer I tell people the price quoted is valid until November 1st, after that the price goes up. It's a good incentive to get people to sign up early.

    It's a pretty good feeling when someone calls the day of the first snow fall and says "You gave us a bid in July and I want to sign a contract, when can you get here?" and I can say "Well, per the estimate, the price is now actually 20% more than what we quoted you because you waited til after November 1st to call, but I can have someone over there in a few hours after you sign". Even better is when I have to turn them down because we are booked, that pisses them off- "Why did you give us a bid if you can't provide the service?" "We could provide the service when we bid it 5 months ago, you waited until its snowing to call us and are now upset that we can't drop everything and come plow your lot? They usually realize their error and then beg us to come out "whenever you can get here". LMAO!!!