October 24, 2017

The manner in which a Service Provider is paid is a very big issue.  It should go without saying that your subcontractors are the lifeblood of your business, and you need them to survive.  They should be paid on-time and in-full, every time.  Stretching out a subcontra...

October 17, 2017

Scheduling crews, tracking time spent on sites and accurate record keeping are all viable concerns of the growing snowplowing contractor.  It is relatively easy to grow a snowplowing business, but keeping that business requires organization.  Most (but not all) contrac...

October 10, 2017

Technology in our industry has traditionally taken a backseat to brute force and hard work. The thinking was how much “technology” could be introduced when we have done the same work, the same way since 1905? We slap a piece of steel on the front of a vehicle with rubb...

September 26, 2017

When an employee is injured in any fashion a report of the circumstance surround the work related injury should be generated.  Even minor injuries may balloon into major medical crisis if not treated properly.  If an employee fails to report such an injury, it can caus...

September 19, 2017

By showing that you have multi-year contracts in place, you automatically indicate that you have cash flow in place to repay the loan.  And, it makes you look like a savvy businessperson instead of “someone who couldn’t find a real job”.

Everybody wins in this multi-yea...

September 12, 2017

Hiring needs are more easily recognized if you can project what your business load will be “next year”.  If you know what your staffing needs will be, and if you can assure potential employees that they will, in fact, have a job next season – it makes it much easier to...

September 5, 2017

Be very careful in your treatment of independent service providers while they are plowing snow for you.  You do not want them to be misconstrued as being “employees” as compared to actual “subcontractors”.  While you can give them direction – that direction should be l...

August 29, 2017

Most snow related production workers who are attracted to our industry like to work outdoors, or are doing snow removal as part of a year round activity that includes landscape or property management.  Normally they do not object to physically demanding work.  However,...

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