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Old 04-10-2012, 09:04 AM   #1
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How Far Is Too Far For Work?


I have been getting referral leads from a company I am an authorized contractor with. Problem is that none of them are close to me. They are all 2 hours or so away. I'm not terribly hurting for work, I have steady work, but always wonder where the next job is. I would have no problem doing a charged estimate, and since they would be 2-3 days jobs, fuel wouldn't eat me alive, and their would be a surcharge. Just curious to see how far guys travel for work in this economy and with rising fuel costs.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:06 AM   #2
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Re: How Far Is Too Far For Work?


Depends how much the job is worth. If you're going to get a good amount from it and the travelling doesn't interrupt other work or plans then i will travel up to 3 hours. Any further and it isn't worth it. Plus you want referrals from people in your area, the further you travel the further you will keep travelling in the future

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2 hours sounds crazy to me. I'm getting about 11 mpg and spending $100 per fill up. I usually won't go and look at anything over 30 min out.
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My cut off is around 50-60 miles, beyond that it is hard to be competitive with prices to cover costs. If the job was a referral and did cover the extra costs then why not take it? If you turn down the work someone else may be receiving all the referrals instead of you. Personally i hate turning down work.
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About 45 minutes is where I am comfortable drawing the line. I will do work outside of that but I try not to. If it is worth it I will go farther. Usually the price point diminishes when you travel to far.

Some differences are CT and NY, if you can get work in NYC then it can be worth it. They are usually use to paying more because of the hassles of city work, but for someone that is in the next state over with much lower overhead it can be worth it. You can also loose your azz because of unknowns.
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I've got two good clients who bought cottages 2 hrs. from me. I've been working on them for the past two years.

I charge from the time I leave my home till the time I leave the job.

Ya, it makes for long days, but it's good work. What are you gonna do?

So yes, I will travel up to 2 hrs away. But that's it. If it's farther than that I'll pass.
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I did a job in NYC that was 2 1/2 hours away. Long ride. And then go into the city...man..that sucks.
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I live in Conn and I have built a garage in Canada, a shed in Maine, and 2 jobs in Calf, and a J-crew in Fla.....Ohh and helped with a Kitchen job in NY......Quit your crying and get back to work.
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Recently I've been doing 2 1/2 hrs one way...about 230-250 mile runs to Columbus. It's a long haul, but it's with a familiar builder, which helps keep the other end simple. I also get an adequate add on for the delivery. I just build the rails, & deliver them. All the paperwork, plans, selections, po's, billing, scheduling, phone lists, & payment are all electronic.
I'm about to pick up a smaller truck for the run. I may end up regretting it, but I'm limited with what the local market is right now. Right now it's worth it.
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I will travel anywhere as long as the money is worth it. Last fall I went to texas to work for 3 weeks. Had a buddy from up here in maine move down that way and he needed a hand. Why not it was a great experience. Fun road trip too. I doubled my regular salary and charged him traveling charges there and back (fuel, food, hotels, tolls) If there willing to pay then why not??

Now around these parts I will travel about an hour without needing extra money.
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I live in Conn and I have built a garage in Canada, a shed in Maine, and 2 jobs in Calf, and a J-crew in Fla.....Ohh and helped with a Kitchen job in NY......Quit your crying and get back to work.
Is that what you called that....Help???
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How far is too far? Depends how hungry you are at the moment. If you have been eating steaks for 6 months then 30 minute max. If you have a long stretch of peanut butter and jelly then no distance is too far
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I'm no more than 45 min in any direction from 5 major IL cities. That's my cut off. 2 hrs drive would have to be a good paying commercial job that can be worked in 12 hr days.
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We do work up to 200 miles out, but it common for us to have 200-300 hours in the shop for 16-24 on site.
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45 mins. If I was hungry 1.5 hrs.
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Shoving that 9' cabinet in a 8' elavator without being scrached?? Yup
Ya, that was interesting. Nothing like putting 4 gallons in a 2 gallon hat.
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I serve all over province...anything above hour is surcharge and not a 40$ estimate..anywhere I need to travel 2 hours to,would be surcharge for hotel and food for myself and guys.
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Depends on the work you do. Some of what I do is specialized and there aren't many people who are willing or able to do it. Then I travel out of state if needed. I charge mileage and half time for the hours on the road. I also bill out for lodging if it isn't provided. I try to schedule the work so I'm there at least a week.

I love to travel, though and will use any excuse to do so. I think that's an important factor to consider. The travel in itself is part of the payment for me.

In my non-contracting job, I have flown anywhere from Hawaii to Alaska. Airfare is included in the bill to the client. For a favorite person, I'll even work for travel expenses alone. Sort of a paid/working vacation.
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30 mins for me, unless it is a referral or I know the area I will go up to 45 mins one way. Most of my jobs are about 20 mins away.

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