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when the dump fees will be free for locals like me. .
is only free for your own stuff they will soon catch on that your going to the dump more then a home owner would doing there own lawn/yard and will start charging you commercial rates ,best to start figuring that in on your bids now not later once they catch on
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It may take more then one trip to dump that brush unless you shred.
What would you suggest he use to shred the brush that is cut?
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Something like this but you could even use a beat up lawnmower.
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What would you suggest he use to shred the brush that is cut?



Three hours was what I was thinking it would take. In a way your lucky you got out of there that quick. You couldve been there five. Now its clean up time. With it all on the ground, how long do you think it will take to remove?
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so all said and done with dumping it will be like 5 hours? $100/5=$20 not bad starting out and think now you have a great BEFORE AND AFTER pics for your flyers.....

btw where is our after pic
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so all said and done with dumping it will be like 5 hours? $100/5=$20 not bad starting out and think now you have a great BEFORE AND AFTER pics for your flyers.....

btw where is our after pic
Those figures are about right, only I'll be renting a U-Haul for $30+, which I will definitely figure into upcoming bids. It will be a 17' box truck, and I'll just use a pitchfork to load the four piles I made, and to offload it at the dump.

One simple but powerful thing you've helped me to do is set time-oriented goals for myself. I'd like to get this haul done within a couple of hours. When I did this the first time, I didin't really consider how long I would take, just got the job done.

My resources have gotten a little tighter for now, so I'll hold off on getting any more new gear until I've got some solid revenue coming in, but those shredders are pretty cool.

I will have to look into how my local dump views dumping yard waste there for my business. I'd like to have a good relationship with them. I've also got contact info for haulers like Recology, with whom I might be able to form a working relationship, ie, I cut, they haul. They might be a lot more benefitted in the deal, but it could open up more opportunities.

I will post some after pics after I clear the area on Saturday, and look forward to sharing it. It's an empty lot that the owner just wanted clear of vegetation that could be a fire hazard, and wasn't trying to beautify it, really. I think he's just holding it for someone to buy and build on it. There were a lot of rocks, busted concrete, garbage, and even rebar sticking up out of the ground.

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Keep us posted when you are done on how much total time it took. Also let us know if you would have done or bid it differently if you were to do it again.
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I cleared all this brush out on Saturday. A learning experience, indeed.
7:45-8:15am: pick up U-Haul rental truck, travel to customer site. 30 min.
8:15-9:45: Clear up small missed weeds, load brush onto truck with pitchfork. 1.5 hours.
9:45-10:30: Travel to dump and offload brush, sweep out truck. 45 min.
10:30-11:00: Travel to U-Haul, fuel and return truck. 30 min.
Total time: 3 hours, 15 min. Plus the three hours labor brush cutting: 6 hours, 15 minutes.

Costs:
Gas estimate: $8.00 truck gas + $2.00 brush cutter gas + $6.00 U-Haul gas = $16.00
U-Haul Rental: $71.30
Depreciation on truck, equipment: Unknown
Total estimate: $87.30

Customer paid: $100.00
Net profit: $12.70
I made about $2.00 per hour! :::facepalm:::

I'm committed, and will keep at it, charging more based upon this gained info.
As soon as the weather clears, I'll be going door-to-door with my business cards.
I've decided also to get a part-time job to tide me over, probably at Home Depot.
Thanks guys, recording and reporting this stuff helps.
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The real thing that ate your profit was the uhaul. Did you plan on using that in the first place?

In the future rentals need to be charged to the customer.

Well on the positive side you learned from your mistakes. Its always better to go high when in doubt. I rather not get the job because I was $100 higher then work for nothing. Now next time you wont think dumping is free.
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Well at least it didnt end up costing you money.

I would try to avoid renting uhauls and get a trailer. I have a 5' x 10' utility trailer and can get a good amount of stuff in it. This picture is not all green waste but you get the idea.


It has probably paid for itself 3 x's in less than a year by allowing me to take larger jobs.
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Ya, I've been looking into getting a utility trailer like that. I'll have to install a trailer assembly on my truck, about $225 or so, then I've been shopping around on craigslist. Thing is, my funds are a bit low at the moment, so I'll prospect with what I got for now, and can hopefully upgrade soon!
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