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I'm in Central NJ(Manalapan). I have 1 plow truck and I'm just starting this season. Is there anyone in the vicinity that could help in a time of need, ie. truck/plow breaks? I would be willing to return the same. Thanks
These types of relationships(help for help )usually develope over time and with trust,Im not saying its not possible to swap with someone here,its just not as likely to work out long term this way,Good luck finding a friend to back you up,there's a lot of good guys here.
We have over 20 accounts on 1 truck! We have formed a relationship with exavating companys and people who do plowing only, we have these as backups for breakdowns ect. They also use us for same reasons, since we are a grounds maintenance company I did not want to be set up with other companys in my field so we opted for the above and works out great. I suggest you pick up the Yellow pages look under snow removal and start calling. Set up an appointment to meet with them to look at their equipment and refrences. I would steer clear of working with competers in same field it can cause more headaches then you can imagine, also exavating companys plow alot chat with them. Its not to late to form a relationship with one of those companys and we also refer them to a customer for added business and they return the favor.
Plenty of part time plowers with regular jobs that are looking for work. I talk to everybody I see with a plow in their driveway in my area to find out their deal, and I also talk to all of my local landscape competitors and a few of us are friendly & wouldn't hesitate to help each other. I have a couple of friends who may trade services, but the majority of the connections I make are with the intention of hiring them as subcontractors should the need arise. You may want to look at it from that angle until you can build the type of relationship where you'd be trading services like John said. Its better to get your customers serviced & keep them even if it costs you a little to get them plowed. I've had experiences like Robert mentions with complete strangers also, so it is possible to get help in a pinch.