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What(s) book to read???

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by Sno ballz, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. Sno ballz

    Sno ballz Member
    Messages: 35

    Hi guys,

    Before I launch into my new business, I would like to do as much research as possible. Can you guys recommend any books or websites on starting a new small business, or starting a new snow plow business specifically?

    I'd like to do this right :) :)

    Sno ballz
     
  2. Mick

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

    As far as starting a small business, I'd recommend developing a Business Plan. This is a link to the Small Business Administration: http://www.sba.gov/starting_business/startup/basics.html

    I've posted a rudimentary Business Plan on this site specific to plowing - this is a link to that: http://www.plowsite.com/showthread.php?t=17545&highlight=Business+Plan

    As far as a book for beginning plowing, there is - but not from this site. I've actually been playing with the idea of writing a book geared to the person who has NO experience with plows or plowing. I'd just come up with the idea a couple days before you posted this, so maybe it's not such a farfetched idea. Another idea I'd come up with was working with a person by email or phone (if you'd like, I'd even fly out there at your expense :) ) to offer advice geared to your particular situation. I have done that in the past and gotten postive feedback, so let me know.
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2005
  3. karl klein

    karl klein Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    john a. allin came out with a grear book a couple years ago called managing snow and ice. i think it cost about 60.00 and well worth it.
     
  4. Mick

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

    I think John's book might be a too advanced for a person who is just starting and has no experience at all.
     
  5. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

    I agree about Johns book kinda skipping over the beginning elements.

    Mick what about Chucks book ? I have not purchased it but maybe that can help some guys out. I know it was on the Sima training list of materials.
    Todd
     
  6. Mick

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


    Yes, I agree on Chuck's book. I haven't read it either, but I've read some other stuff of his which was very good. I'd forgotten that it was on the SIMA training list. I just hadn't mentioned it because of the competition "thing".
     
  7. T-MAN

    T-MAN PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,363

  8. caelach

    caelach Junior Member
    Messages: 11

  9. Mick

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


    This is the one I referred to above. If you choose to buy it, I'd be interested in hearing your impressions as someone who has no experience in plowing snow. I still think it might not be suited to Sno ballz' situation at this point, but I haven't read it, so really can't say. I do find it interesting that it's only $25 and no longer offered at the SIMA store.