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snow plowing only for business?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by circlelawn, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. circlelawn

    circlelawn Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 2

    I am debating about selling my share of my lawn care / lawncare business to my partner and just going into snow and ice management. The lawn care businesses i feel is a losing battle and i feel i could be more profitable and have less hassles by focusing on just snow plowing. I would like to eventually sell landscaping supplies as well to have constant income all year round. How many of you only do snow and ice management? is this a good/bad idea? what should i be careful of? thank you for your input
     
  2. FinerCuts

    FinerCuts Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 85

    What happens if the winter isn't good? Would you make enough money in the winter to barely make it through the summer or would you be able to spend money like you would if you had a job in the summer. Anything is possible but managing money would be a huge issue.
     
  3. Rc2505

    Rc2505 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,245

    Specially in Ohio. One year we get hammered, the next 4 years it doesn't pay enough to mess with hardly.
     
  4. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    Same in Michigan one year great the next greatly missed, snow is hard to predict.
     
  5. k5PlowGuy

    k5PlowGuy Member
    Messages: 40

    If you want to make money only snowplowing I would get your client base into seasonal contracts.
     
  6. Neige

    Neige Sponsor
    Messages: 2,198

    Thats where I am heading. Just snow, and selling snow products. All our contracts are seasonal.
     
  7. TPC Services

    TPC Services Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Snow & Ice management here only also. We still bid out the mowing& fertilizing to our winter clients. Then sub that out to sub contractors that work for us during the winter time that have their own mowing business. That way we can offer a year round property maintence to our clients and keep everything under one company.
     
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2010
  8. NicholasMWhite

    NicholasMWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    That being said what do you do all winter? I'm just curious.
     
  9. TPC Services

    TPC Services Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Really!!! ??? I suntan nude in the Bahamas all winter !!! :dizzy: I plow like the rest of us!!! Hello!!
     
  10. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    if you could predict how much snow you will get each year you would have a better idea if you can make it only doing snow
     
  11. TPC Services

    TPC Services Senior Member
    Messages: 875

    Thats why getting a few seasonal or yearly multi year contract clients are a good thing. Really helps out to always now your getting a check once a month no matter what.
     
  12. plowking15

    plowking15 Member
    Messages: 91

    I think the selling landscape supplies along with snow plowing could be a good match. Location is everything for landscape supplies. There are a few places near me that have cubicles of different materials. They are self serve or they load you with a loader.Landscapers might buy from you if you weren't in competiton with them. One place has a loader in their yard to sell you salt or mix during the storm. Another thing is maybe there isn't enough profit for a partnership. plowking
     
  13. NicholasMWhite

    NicholasMWhite Senior Member
    Messages: 175

    Haha, sorry I meant to ask what do you do all summer.