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  • #16
    Your friend has a snow plow on his truck? It sounds like it is really important to network with others in your area that have snow plows so if you get swamped, you can call others for help.

    What % do you suggest paying your friend when you need him to help you?

    Also, would you have him place the invoice cards in the mailbox or would you handle that still so he wouldn't know how much you are charging?

    Do you have to pay him that day or will he wait till you get paid?
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    • #17
      It is a great idea to get in touch with "friends" Im not say competition... Friends who just so happen to have a Plow or tractor and blower. I will pay my buddy any wheres from 15-20 % depending on the drive way. I will always handle the invoices at a later time in the day. Right now I have a agreement that he signed that states, He has to be ready 24/7 during a set date till set stop date. He will be paid at the end of the month, as most of the time so do I. I will sometimes be able to give him 40 or so bucks for gas for the day. But I like to keep a tight schedule so that we can move on. If for some reason he is late getting out and I get a call from customers, I will deduct from his monthly pay. Which so far I have'nt had to do.

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      • #18
        If for some reason he is late getting out and I get a call from customers, I will deduct from his monthly pay. Which so far I have'nt had to do.
        Have you thought about what kind of deductions you would take?



        Do you feel having such a workforce makes you want to expand out your services? Or are you at a spot where you feel it works and it's comfortable and you don't want to grow it much bigger?
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        • #19
          I have worked it out with him on deductions! And I think for now i am in a good spot not to expand. Him and I have talked about doing so next year. But one thing to remember is we both work two full time construction jobs and I also have a part time job at the golf course.

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          • #20
            And I think for now i am in a good spot not to expand. Him and I have talked about doing so next year.
            When you think about expansion, what would be your ideal? What would be your next steps?
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            • #21
              I am Back...

              Wow steve Fall Is busy time for me.... but I am back. I have already expanded to tell you the truth since I last talked to you. I bought a 89' chevy one ton dump truck with a fisher plow, and began restoring it. I needed to put a few plates on the frame, and sheet metal on the cab and doors, and also a new floor in the dump box. It is out getting painted right at the moment. I also bought a 90' Ford F-150 for another plow truck. And traded in my 92' F-150... (although i miss it) for a 07' chevy colorado. I bought a smaller truck to do estimates and pull the small 5x10 trailer with the mower when I don't need the one ton. So I was planning on hiring a guy to help me so I have been looking. Right now my sisters boy toy... lol Is laid off and helping me. So I will be busy all winter. I have also put in bids for snow removal from roofs in the north country of cny. There is good money there! Talk to You Soon!

              -Greg-
              Dumore Landscape

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              • #22
                . I bought a 89' chevy one ton dump truck with a fisher plow, and began restoring it. I needed to put a few plates on the frame, and sheet metal on the cab and doors, and also a new floor in the dump box.
                Greg,

                I have seen many people on here feel they need to get a new truck and plow in order to get into snow plowing. Can you tell me your experience of how used equipment like this truck has served you?

                How has restoring a truck and trailer helped you vs going out and buying a brand new truck and trailer?
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                • #23
                  I bought the used equipment cheap but not so cheap it was going to die the first time I dropped the plow. It has saved me a ton of money and with that I was able to repair it. Now It is as good as new. I would be able to either sell out right of trade up for a newer truck within the next year so that is my plan! Which I think is a good deal for me. Besides its payed off already I don't have to worry about 3 trucks all at once.

                  Till next time!
                  "Let it Snow"

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                  • #24
                    That sounds great! Do you have any pictures of the restoration you did?
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                    • #25
                      No I wish I took some. I hope to be getting a camera for Christmas... So I will send some of the Fleet!

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