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Finding Work

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by MIKE 0, Jan 26, 2004.

  1. MIKE 0

    MIKE 0 Junior Member
    Messages: 3

    GREENHORN LOOKING FOR WORK. I JUST INSTALLED A USED WESTERN ON A 2001 F-250 DIESEL. I'M THINKING ABOUT PLOWING DRIVEWAYS UNTIL I GET USED TO THINGS. I GUESS KNOCKING ON DOORS IS A GOOD START BUT IT SEEMS LIKE A DRAG TO DO SO. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
     
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Run a small ad in the local paper or shopper - "Snowplowing in the --- area" with your phone #". Put up something similar with pull-off tabs at the local convenience store. That'll do for a start.
     
  3. computerguy

    computerguy Member
    Messages: 88

    What I did

    I bought a sign for my lawn. Put some magnetic signs on the truck and phone started ringing. I now have a bunch of driveways and 20+ parking lot.
    I would not pick up too much more right now. I would do some subbing though. I haven't had the chance to talk to anyone about doing some subcontracting.
     
  4. Snow Jaw

    Snow Jaw Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    HI, I just move to new city..

    I only have find little work yet looking for BIG WORK.
    best to start is print your own business cards and go to office store look for the big post that you can stuck it on your truck with your name and snow removal and phone.. that what I am starting. even if I see a lady at end of drive way I just push that snow away from her drive way and stop give her a card!

    it's just like planting a seed and let it grow (watering is like posting sign and give out business card)..

    maybe do a web page like mine.
     
  5. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Different things work for different people and different situations. The first year I did as Snow Jaw said of driving around and stopping to help people by pushing the ends of driveways and mailboxes. Total waste of gas and time. In four years, I have never gotten any business or referrals from any of the people I helped then.

    So, I'd say try everything. Then next winter you'll have a better idea of what works
     
  6. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    I get customers from customers. This last storm yielded 4 more. I would like more though. I hate the feeling of getting done in a couple hours = below potential. :realmad:

    -John :cool:
     
  7. PLOWMAN45

    PLOWMAN45 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,848

    you drive around while people are digging themselves out
     
  8. Snow Jaw

    Snow Jaw Senior Member
    Messages: 106

    Mick, yeah you could say that.. I have seen that coming when I first done snow removal with a loader tractor and lawn tractor w/ snow blower.. long before I got plow on pick up.. in my small town I give a little help around as all those that knew me were older so some of them end up calling me later on to do their drive ways..

    this lady I did was near my house so she knows where I live and saw the plow truck parking outside every day.. so I just give one push to let them getting to know me.. maybe later she will want me to do her drive way even if it's too cold for them to go out.

    it's a friendship warm up as I just moved in new town..
     
  9. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Get the phone book out and call snow removal companies. Tell them you would like to work as a subcontractor. Alot will have all kinds of work for you. Learn to plow well and then go out on your own after you learn the tricks. Read all you can on this site, we all learn no matter how long we have pushed snow.