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If you don’t mind cold weather and early starts, then starting a snow removal business might be a good option for you. While it’s only seasonal work in most areas, if you already run a gardening business or have another trade during the warmer months, then it can be an excellent side hustle, which can grow into something larger. Here’s how to get your snow removal business off the ground.
Work Out What Equipment You’ll Need
As a kid, you probably started a snow removal business with nothing but a shovel, but if you’re offering a professional service, then you need more reliable equipment.
Many snow removal businesses are run by people who attach a snowplow to their truck, which is usually fine for doing driveways, yards, and small to medium areas.
Of course, you need a decent truck that’s not going to quit on you when it gets icy. You’ll also need strong shovels and supplies such as rock salt and ice melt.
You should also ensure you have high-quality winter clothing that’s warm and waterproof, as well as slip-resistant work boots; otherwise, you risk injuring yourself.
Once your business grows and you get bigger clients, you may want to look for heavy-duty equipment that can deal with larger areas of snow, but this is better left until you start getting bigger contracts. Most snow plowing businesses start off in residential neighborhoods.
Check Your Local Laws
Not everyone can simply go out in their truck and offer snow removal, as most states have strict local laws about what’s needed to start this kind of business.
At a minimum, you’ll need a business license and snow plowing insurance, which will cover you if someone is injured or property gets damaged.
Work Out Your Costs
When you offer a snow plowing service, the first question you’ll be asked is, ‘how much?’ It’s up to you to decide how you’ll price jobs, whether it’s by size of property or hours worked.
It doesn’t matter what industry you work in; it’s important to know how to calculate a quote, taking into account your hourly rate, materials used and wear and tear on your truck, and other machinery.
While special offers can help you generate business, it’s important not to price things too cheaply, as you not only lose out on fair compensation, it makes your business look less reputable.
Promote Your Business
Luckily, it’s never been easier to promote a local business, and it doesn’t mean you have to spend hours handing out flyers (although older customers might like this approach).
Facebook, Craigslist, Google My Business, and social media platforms are a great place to start.
Join your local Facebook and Nextdoor pages and look out for people seeking snow removal services.
If you offer a good service at a fair price, they’re bound to give good word of mouth, and before you know it, you’ll have a solid customer base.
A snow removal business can be an excellent way to earn extra cash, especially when exceptionally bad weather hits, and it’s a se
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