I've done plowing for a long, long time. First plowed for someone else - learned. Started my own company, did well and sold it. Then went and plowed for someone else again. I think at one point I did it because it was a little exciting, little cool, liked to be outside in the weather. Then I thought there was some money to be earned. Eventually I did it as a hobby and hoped it would cover it's own expenses. As I'm looking at it today. For someone looking at the car lot seeing that shiny new truck at 45k-80k, lights 500, plow at 8k, insurance at 600-1k, yearly additional maintenance from 200 plus, then repairs, then gas ....... You make maybe 80/hr as a sub but maybe you don't get called out enough or can't because of your day job so, you miss a storm ...... That is a massive investment into equipment for the average sub getting 2-6k a season, before tax. So ...... is it beer money, lunacy, expensive hobby.......... Why would someone knowing this do it let alone considering the risk of an accident, property damage, law suit vehicle damage, etc. ( I've been on the owner side and it has it's own costs too ).