How to Start a Snow Removal Business

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How to Start a Snow Removal Business Business Overview:

Learning how to start a snow removal business is the perfect business opportunity for an entrepreneur who lives in a cold climate. If the winter months bring not just inches but feet of snow to your area, chances are a snow removal business would do very well. But before starting a snow removal business, you must decide what types of services you will offer. You could simply shovel driveways and sidewalks in your neighborhood or you could invest in a snowplow and take your business on the road. Plows can be attached to truck, SUV or UTV (utility terrain vehicle) you already own. Having a snow plow makes it possible to clear roadways and parking lots so you could market your services to business park managers, apartment managers, schools, churches, etc. Anyone who has a parking lot and needs to have parking spaces available for customers, students or churchgoers must hire a snowplow business to clear their lot. You do have the option of handling multiple types of snow removal with this business. You could buy a plow and run a snowplowing business and also hire a staff to handle the shoveling of driveways and walkways. To add value to your service, you could offer additional removal options like removing snow from cars and roofs. On the weekends, you could even hire teens to help handle the demand. They are usually looking for odd jobs to make some extra money. You should start purchasing your equipment and hiring your staff (if you will have one) during the warm weather months so you will be ready at the first snowfall. You’ll also want to do your marketing before winter so your customers will have your number handy when they need you to dig out their car before work or shovel their driveway so they can get their kids to school. Try to contract your services with property managers so you’ll be first on their call list to clear parking lots and driveways. Keep in mind that business ideas like this one are seasonal so you will be very busy during the winter months only. If you operate a seasonal business during warm weather months like a lawn care business, this would be the perfect opportunity to expand your operation and earn profits year-round.

A Day in the Life of a Snow Removal Business Owner:

This article brought to you by Business Ideas! If you enjoyed this article, make sure to subscribe to the Business Ideas Newsletter to get ideas sent straight to your email inbox.If your area has just experienced a sizeable snowfall, your day will begin early as you will likely have appointments at businesses and schools. You will take calls throughout the day from customers needing walkways and driveways shoveled. If you have a staff doing all the work for you, you will spend the day coordinating jobs with them. During the off-season, you will work to secure a staff and market your business around town.

About Your Customers:

Your customers will be individuals who need snow removal services. They could be homeowners needing a driveway cleared or an apartment manager needing an entire parking lot plowed.

What You Need to Start:

  • Business plan
  • Marketing plan
  • Staff (optional)
  • Business license and insurance
  • Snowplow
  • Vehicle
  • Other equipment (shovels, ladders, etc.)
  • Computer with finance software

The Good:

  • If you live in a particularly cold climate, the demand for this business will be high.
  • You can hire a staff to do the work for you.
  • You can easily run this business part-time.
  • You can contract your services for large areas like mall parking lots and apartment complexes.
  • Once you make the initial investment, you can use the same equipment each year.

The Bad:

  • This is a seasonal business so you will only be busy during certain times of the year.
  • You have to do your marketing before the first snow so you must be very organized and plan well.

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