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What do YOU do to save money and reduce expenses?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by fiveoboy01, Feb 24, 2010.

  1. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Posts: 2,313

    If I could sue myself, I still would not have any money!!!!:laugh::laugh::laugh:
  2. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    i haven't run into commercial accounts requiring workman's comp either.

    maybe things are diff. in GA but i've bid and been hired by commercial accounts with no workers comp insurance. infact if what others are saying about solo operators not being able to get workers comp (which makes sense to me) i wouldn't be able to have it myself becasue i'm solo.
  3. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Posts: 2,313

    The fact is, being solo doesn't really make a difference-I can't explain it.:confused:It's just policy for a lot of places to require it for a contractor they hire. Things have really changed and have become more and more costly. Ten years ago, places around here didn't even require liability much less worker's comp. However, they aren't willing to pay you more money for your service!!!:hammerhead::hammerhead:You should try working for Wal-Mart DC-I can't even set foot on the property w/o signing in and getting a name tag-You can't even use the restroom w/o a name tag!!!:cry::cry:Each employee has to have a tag and pass a safety test before they can work on the property. It's a lot of red tape-the good thing is, they pay quickly.:)
  4. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    while i can't speak from experience i find it hard to believe a company would go to those great links with the lawn contractor they hire.

    they have no reason to require workers comp. it's not there fault if one of your workers gets hurt using your equipment. all they should be concerned with is paying you for the work they hired you for.

    hell i've done commercial work without a contract before. worked out an agreement like i do with my residentials. just a word of mouth agreement.
  5. Green Feet Lawn

    Green Feet Lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 226

    In NY state all trailer registrations expire on Dec 31. They send out renewals. I do not pay the renewal until April. The DMV then prorates the registration. This allows me to not pay registration fees while the trailers are parked for the winter.
  6. Landscraper1

    Landscraper1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Male, from Southeastern Ma.
    Posts: 755

    Yes, you can. If you, as an owner, are covered under worker's comp, you can put in a claim, just like everyone else.
  7. johnnybravo8802

    johnnybravo8802 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Ga.
    Posts: 2,313

    I think it's stupid too but that's what they required to bid on the job-I had no choice. I also had to have commercial insurance on my truck. They also will not allow me to drive my truck around the back of the building because of liability with the 18 wheelers-We do a lot of walking!!!:cry::cry:
  8. rain man

    rain man LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,794

    Not sure if it was mentioned yet. When gas prices fluctuate a lot we keep a check on the stock market news online. If prices look like they will go up the next day we buy gas before we go home. If they look like they will go down we hold out until the next day. Also we only buy gas at the places with the best prices.
  9. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    this is just my 2 cents so don't take it personal even though i don't understand people like you....

    i buy guys when i NEED it. doesn't matter if it's gonna go up or down in a day or 2 or not. i don't chase prices either.

    the way i see it, it will all even out in the end anyway. if you drive around town looking for the cheapest gas station to get gas at you've wasted all that gas looking for the cheapest so you'll put more in your tank.

    lets say gas is suppose to go up in price on wed. and you have half a tank but you get gas on tues. because it's suppose to go up. thurs. comes and it's dropped to a cheaper price than it was tues. when you got it. you could have waited until thurs. because hell you had half a tank.

    thats just me though. i only fill my truck up when it's a quarter of a tank and i do the same for the lawn mowers and i wait until the gas cans are empty before filling them up. doesn't matter if prices are gonna raise, lower, or stay the same.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,037

    Workman's comp is for and only covers employees. My business does not have any employees. No payroll. Zero. Not even me. It's set up as an LLC but for financial purposes it functions as a sole proprietorship.

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