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Old 04-15-2014, 12:52 PM   #41 (permalink)
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I had a job for a year where I was traveling for work. I did make a decent amount. After gas, I was making $300-600 a month on mileage reimbursements. In the year i was there, it more than paid for the down payment, maintenance and payments I was making on the car.

I bought the Focus for that job. The city driving in my Cherokee was killing me (I had a few 10 MPG tanks) and, while the highway mileage was a bit better, it just made sense to buy something more fuel efficient.

When I got the Focus, I planned on having the job much longer. Didn't quite pan out that way.

Insurance would have been killer if I had let them know I was driving the vehicle a lot for work. That was key to making money. I didn't find out that it had to be insured as work travel until *after* I switched jobs. Good to know ...

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Old 10-19-2014, 11:08 AM   #42 (permalink)
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Is insuring for work much more? What if I forget to tell them? What are the odds they will catch up with me? Will they use this to get out of paying a claim?
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Old 10-19-2014, 12:49 PM   #43 (permalink)
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If I got sent anywhere, it'd definitely profit me. My company pays 12 cents/mi, I use around 7 cents/mi in fuel at today's cost ($2.80-something/gal)

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Old 10-19-2014, 01:40 PM   #44 (permalink)
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You guys could use the spreadsheet I made for Spiff to see if it's worthwhile.

Once you download it to your desktop, you may need to add an "x" at the end of "xls" for it to work, and you may need to enable editing. I had to remove the "x" for this site to recognize the format, or it wouldn't let me upload it.

The spreadsheet is in this thread:


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Old 10-19-2014, 01:48 PM   #45 (permalink)
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When I drive to my other job, I figure I make about 23 cents a mile and the way I drive I average about 63mph during the whole trip (its not interstate driving, its texas state roads that go through 1 stop light towns with 35mph speed limits) and I average about $14 an hour. That's what they put in my bank account divided the number of miles (after taxes).
The bug costs about 10-12 cents a mile in gas.
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Old 10-19-2014, 07:44 PM   #46 (permalink)
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My company is starting to wise up a little. My supervisor told me recently to just rent a car if I know I have a 300 mile or more day coming up. It is considerably cheaper than paying me .56/mi. I have known other techs to rent a car on their own dime, collected the .56/mi and come out well ahead.

The only trouble with this is making sure you don't leave any tools/parts in the rental. It also adds an hour or two to your day.

Knowing the kind of miles we rack up, they really ought to look at buying us company cars. Until then, I will gladly rack up the miles and bank the expense money.
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Old 10-21-2014, 11:01 AM   #47 (permalink)
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The only way to rake it in is to rig the books.

Many jobs that pay miles, pay less in drive pay. For example I wanted to go into pest control. They pay x for an hour for a service call and y an hour to drive their truck or y+per mile to drive your vehicle.

In the end it paid more to do service calls, than drive to service calls.

Now for newspaper delivery it can help to own a eco car, but you need to be able to haul 400+ news papers and deliver them in a short time frame.

The nice thing about papers, you can cheat and deliver for several brands at the same time and get paid 2-3 times.
I had a paper route in 2,003 that went about as well as anything else that I have done. I had 255 Sunday papers that barely fit into my Prelude, many of them fell on me when I took the first corner, and the weight made my car scrape on level ground. They had us use what they called "smart books," which were like giant PDAs. I could not keep mine secured, so it would fall, I would need to stop, try to figure out if it had jumped to another part of my route, and reattach it. I do not know if I had people stealing papers or my customers were just jerks, but I constantly had people calling in and saying that they did not receive their paper when I specifically remembered delivering the paper to their house that morning. After that first Sunday, I made three trips, I pre-folded everything available the night before, then showed up when the front section was available, drove the first half of my route, and made one last trip. I delivered many papers late and lost money on some days.

Then my clutch went out, I could not find a rental, I called my manager and let her know that I could not drive in the morning, and then rode my mechanic's wife's bike, with a tire that kept going flat, several miles each way to fold the other sections. Then they fired me for not showing up for work.

I wonder if I actually lost money overall, with the clutch replacement. I did not make enough money to deduct mileage from my taxes. I had a coworker at the bus yard that said that he lied about his mileage and made some good money that way. He said that for Thanksgiving, they just drove straight to the recycling center. He said that he got out to get a soda one time and they paid them for recycling his fat butt along with the papers.

Unless you fly a carpet, you are killing the planet. Think of the puppies!

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