How to Start a Snow Plowing Business. If you live in a region that receives a steady amount of snow during the winter, a snow plowing business can be an extremely profitable venture. You may not become a millionaire doing it, but if you can score a few clients in your neighborhood, you can make a pretty penny. The next time it snows in your area, grab your wool hat and a cup of coffee because there's no time like the present to start your new business.
Items you will need
- Truck or SUV
- Plow mount
Buy a quality snow plow. The effectiveness of your snow plowing service will depend on the character of your plow. Choose one that is durable and efficient when plowing snow. Look at the integrity of the blade, especially on the sides and bottom. Also, look at the blade's range, or how much snow it can effectively move. Buying a snow plow is an investment; be sure that it is going to get the job done and will be tough enough to last through many seasons.
Learn the going rate. In order to successfully start your business and remain competitive throughout its duration, you must find out what others are charging for the same service. Usually different companies charge different rates. Determine the average figure and use that to gauge what you will charge.
Advertise. Advertise. Advertise. Unless you advertise that you have started a snow plowing business, you and your plow will sit idly all winter long. The extent of the advertising effort is up to you. It can be as simple as placing fliers on every car or mailbox you see to purchasing space in the local phone book. Depending on your budget, you can even produce a commercial for local television. The point is to generate business. The only way to do that is to get your name out there where people can see it.
Don't step on other plowing companies' toes. If you know that a plow company has a contract for a parking lot, street or other location, don't go to their customers and attempt to undercut them. This will lead to resentment. If the competing company is established, they can make it extremely difficult for you to generate business. You will be on other people's property. Consider an insurance plan if you're going to take a serious stab at this venture.