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Working as a sub. Is it worth it? Help from experence.

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by ROWDY, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. ROWDY

    ROWDY Junior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 13

    In a nut shell...My brother and I have full time jobs. Sometimes we have spair time when their is snow to be removed (slow or no work in the winter). We know that we can't handle major if any contracts. We both have 2003 / 2006 2500 HD 4X4 trucks. Brother has a BOSS "V", I'm looking for one when I can.

    So what can we expect from a contractor that is looking for a sub? What do most contractors want? Is it worth our time?

    -What does a sub get payed?

    -What about insurance?

    -What equipment are they looking for?

    -And anything else that I don't know.


    Thank you anyone.
  2. KGRlandscapeing

    KGRlandscapeing 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,660

    going rate 30 to45 an hour

    for me comm ins is on me to pay for have my own policy.

    usally pick ups reliable ones with out being able to go all the time u would probably be better off on an emergancy list for one.

    ur contracter is probably not to bright hes gonna send u out at the most ******** times

    i think next year ill hope to avoid any subwork all together an less i can deal with it at my discretion
  3. jjklongisland

    jjklongisland Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    All good questions... All as I can say working as a sub, at least for myself alleviates alot of extra stress and aggravation. I have a full time job and plow when it snows to make some extra green stuff. As a sub you dont have to worry about dealing with pesky clients and worry about when your getting paid. My suggestion would be to try and work for either a Landscaper or Commercial Snow Contractor. Most subs (at least around here) do not carry any additional insurance but its a risk. Some landscaper policies cover subs but ask them first about their insurance policies. The going rate around Long Island is between 60 and 80 per hour depending the company and experience. As a sub I contact the company when a storm is in the forecast and always remind him I am ready and willing to work. I have been plowing at the same locations for a number of years and know the most efficient way to tackle the job. I dont burn myself out like some guys do cause my main job is most important. If I cant complete the 3 locations I plow I just call in and let them know where they need to relocate a truck but that rarely happens... Normally as long as I dont have any meetings at my job scheduled I just finiish the accounts and go in late. I plow schools so its mostly after 5pm until around 9 am depending on the size of the storm... Good luck with it and I hope this helped a little.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2007
  4. Mark Witcher

    Mark Witcher Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    It my area.
    Some larger contractors will put you on thier insurance.
    Subs should expect atleast $75 per hour of actual plow time.
    Most important ist hey want you to be dependable and available when needed.
    Equipment requirements vary greatly.