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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by colt45, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. colt45

    colt45 Junior Member
    from montana
    Messages: 2

    Hi guys. First off I'd like to say this site is awesome! Beyond that I have a few questions. I'm thinking of starting a snow removal service for STRICTLY SIDEWALKS. I don't want to get too involved as I already have another job. Just something simple and easy (to start with anyway). I'm thinking of using a four wheeler and plow setup. I have a few questions.
    1. What do you think a fair rate would be?
    2. Should I look into getting a contract or just go on the good ol' handshake method?
    3. If I do get a contract, where/what would be good things to include?
    4. Any other tips or advice for a business like this?
  2. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    try reading the ATV forum and using the search button
  3. maverjohn

    maverjohn Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    DIDO on the search button, and welcome to plowsite
  4. Lee's plowing

    Lee's plowing Junior Member
    Messages: 9

    The problem with doing only sidewalks is you have to be insured due to the foot trafic and risk of being sued, get a used truck with a plow a snow blower and a push spreader, then get commercial insurance, commercial accounts have to be plowed or salted if there is a dusting or a foot of snow. this is what i did, be patient looking for a truck and plow i waited a year but now i have 18 residential accounts and 9 commercial....on avrage 1100 dollars per storm!!!!!

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    instead of ust sidewalks you should get a few small driveways. you could do them in no time with your atv and make more $ than you would with sidewalks. around here people that shovel their own driveways also do their own sidewalks or if they have a plow guy they take care of the sidewalks
  6. 97silverado

    97silverado Junior Member
    from NEPA
    Messages: 13

    You only make 1100 lee with 27 jobs??? I just started this year and have 3 res and 1 commercial. I only make like 500 but that is only 4 jobs.

    STIHL GUY Senior Member
    from CT
    Messages: 663

    around here residential are like $25 - $40 so 27 $40 drives woud be $1080 so i guess it make sence for my area idk how big the driveways are where he works
  8. Lee's plowing

    Lee's plowing Junior Member
    Messages: 9


    silverado, i wasnt paying attenton to my typing ment to say say 3100, still not a ton of money but there is alot of competition in my area
  9. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    Sidewalks are the highest liability and the most maintenance/labor intense. You most certainly need contracts and insurance. The best way to learn the business with the least amount of exposure would be to work under a sub contract for a large contractor.
  10. 97silverado

    97silverado Junior Member
    from NEPA
    Messages: 13

    I was gonna say that is way low atleast for my area.