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What to expect?

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself to the Community' started by mainerenegade, Dec 5, 2012.

  1. mainerenegade

    mainerenegade Junior Member
    from rumford
    Messages: 18

    Hey! I am new to plowing. I have a small lawn care business and want to go year round so i am not spending my savings account all winter and come spring have to start from scratch.. I have a 2000 f250 with a 2 yard electric multi speed down easter poly sander and an 8ft straight blade mm2 plow set up. And a 2000 chevy silverado that is going to be used to carry around the snowblower, load of sand, and walk behind sand/salt spreader for the person doing the walk ways and stairs

    My question is. Is it possible to hit the $40,000.00 For first year plow guys?
    I am staying commercial with a few residentials but mostly commercial is my goal.

    What is the average plowing income with a one plow operation? I know some will say it depends on hard you work or try to get work etc. No nosense just please give a rough idea so i know what to expect. I dont need to know how much this guy or that guy makes just a rough average and break down.



    one truck with plow and sander how should they be able to make?

    say two truck with plows and sanders how much can they make?

    etc.
    :dizzy:

    Thanks.
     
  2. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Do you have any accounts now?
     
  3. John143

    John143 Senior Member
    from NEPA PA
    Messages: 254

    I would start off by subcontracting for a company first. Learn how to plow and what you should be biding jobs at. Then in a few years look into getting the all the insurance needed for commercial snow plowing.

    As for making 40K on your first year. I would be more concerned about getting the right insurance and learning how to set up a route and plow / salt customers the right way and at the right times so you don't end up with a lawsuit the could easily wipe out all of your saving and lawn care supplies in one shot!! Along with any houses or car and trucks you own!!

    Good luck to you! :salute:
     
  4. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    Add up your contracts. Then subtract insurance, fuel, maintenance, taxes, pay the help. Get the idea?
     
  5. mainerenegade

    mainerenegade Junior Member
    from rumford
    Messages: 18

    I all ready have full insurance for landscaping and plowing. So i am covered there.
     
  6. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    sure $40,000 could be possible, but I guess so could $4,000,000, unlikey... but possible.

    Your asking a queston with no answer that nobody but you could answer! Good luck though!
     
  7. South Seneca

    South Seneca Senior Member
    Messages: 474

    Talk that coverage over with your agent. Be clear about your plans with him. Commercial plowing and salting opens new ways to get sued. Be covered before you start.
     
  8. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    ill ask again, do you have any accounts right now? commercial or residental?
     
  9. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    Too many variables to give a answer...
     
  10. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Gross or net? $40,000 is alot of plowing for one truck.
     
  11. dfd9

    dfd9 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,475

    Is there a difference?
     
  12. TJSNOW

    TJSNOW Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I think you should expect to Fail......................:eek:




    That way you won't be let down......................:salute:
     
  13. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    16 oz vs 12 oz
     
  14. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    More like a case vs a can
     
  15. TJSNOW

    TJSNOW Senior Member
    Messages: 374




    Bud or Bud Light.................:drinkup:
     
  16. BC Handyman

    BC Handyman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    we are all on track as usual:laughing:
     
  17. FISHERBOY

    FISHERBOY Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    seems like u started wayyyyyyy to late, gotta start early summer.
     
  18. John143

    John143 Senior Member
    from NEPA PA
    Messages: 254

    Yip! Contracts were signed months ago! The only accounts left are the small gas stations and hotels. And we all know who runs 90% of them places. Good luck getting paid! :laughing:
     
  19. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,994

    If the Rumford in your info is Rumford ,Maine I would say no to 40k. maybe 10k
     
  20. Mick76

    Mick76 2000 Club Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,157

    Hence the reason for my questions earlier that he didnt respond too ... 10k will even be pushin it as the local economy up there isnt pretty (depressed mill town)

    OP when you post a question, you might try answering a few questions directed toward you ... it helps us "help" you ... good luck to you this season!