Originally Posted by Steve
Scott there are probably a lot of members right now on the fence about finding their own customers or being a sub-contractor when it comes to snow removal.
What's your view on why you decided to got the sub-contractor route? What are the pros or cons to it?
There are two choices I had thought about when it came to snow removal.
Start a foundation and build myself up slowly with each passing year.
Fast, guaranteed income.
I chose the second option because I would rather have guaranteed money to spend on making my lawn maintenance service more productive. If I wasted any more time building up my snow route, a lot would be at stake. The competition is tough as it is for snow, and I'm not ready. I could have found a different job for the winter, but I still like to run the show, so this was the next best thing. lol.
There are some draw backs, as dealing with a competitor is not fun. Everyone will have their guard up, and you will feel uncomfortable. Negotiating payment is tricky, because we can't 'out fox
' each other, we both know how the game works, and we both want the better deal for ourselves.
It's a constant, yet hidden hatred for one another. You will always feel as if it is their best intention to burn you, and usually you will get burned.
All of this is spoken from experience, I have done work like this for others in the past, and I can't officially say it's a nightmare - but there are more pros!
The more time you spend with another company, you get to see exactly how they operate. I wouldn't consider it espionage, but you get the idea. It can be a learning experience, or a good laugh if the company is always messing up.
It's all about that guaranteed money, if you don't get it sooner than later, get yourself out of the situation, they are taking you for a ride.
It's important to consider how crazy your competitors may be. One competitor sent me out with a tractor they had purchased used that had no breaks. They didn't bother to maintain it before my shift. That was the last time they ever saw me