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do you make a profit doing this?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by bribrius, Nov 5, 2007.


how much profit if any do you make from JUST snow removal

Poll closed Nov 20, 2007.
  1. i lose money doing this

    3 vote(s)
  2. i make a few hundred. not much. beer money

    5 vote(s)
  3. i make a couple thousand or so. just enough to make it worth while

    10 vote(s)
  4. i make 5-10k . decent supplemental income

    10 vote(s)
  5. i make 10-20k

    10 vote(s)
  6. 30-50k

    6 vote(s)
  7. 50k-70k

    2 vote(s)
  8. 70k-100k

    2 vote(s)
  9. 100k-150k

    1 vote(s)
  10. 150k +

    5 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    just a poll. fairly new to the business and want to get a better idea of what im looking at. the poll doesnt say who you are. just want honest replies.
  2. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Just like the guys that plow by the inch. 1"-4", 6"-8", 8"-10", +12"

    What happened to $20k - $30k?
  3. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Well we know what Quad makes!payup :D
  4. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    hey now. not necessarily. he may have just noticed i screwed up on the poll. so much for my attention to detail. if someone is in the twenty to thirty k range please just pick the side that is closest to what you make. i apologize. sorry.
  5. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I plow snow, just for the fun of it. Yeah right, maybe the first couple years it was like that but now it's for the money.
  6. theplowmeister

    theplowmeister 2000 Club Member
    from MA
    Messages: 2,617

    You may want to ask the question a Little different. You will be comparing a 1 man Company. with Companies with dozens of drivers and shopping mall accounts. how about profit/number of employees
  7. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    because i have no idea how you could put that in a poll. that is essentially two polls. also, i thought everyone would be more interested in profits. if you like start a new poll and see if you can find a better way to do this. :)
  8. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    On a good year yes.

    Good point theplowmeister, I would word it if you are a one truck operation. Because that is what bribrius is.

    Your going to have Brickman on here asking where the 1.? million button is.
  9. heather lawn spray

    heather lawn spray PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,206

    Or even return on investment
  10. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    Also, you are asking for Profit and not Gross.

    If you are a 1 or 2 truck operation, what is your Gross Snow Plowing Income?

    Then you can subtract your own expensies and figure out your own Profit.
  11. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    please. there is more in this business than one truck operations. i have friends that have one truck i could call them and ask them and find that out. looking for a overall.
  12. Mick

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

    Profit? What's that? Something to eat?
  13. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    There are just way too many variables on this poll to get a decent response in my opinion. :dizzy:
  14. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,194

    I think it gives a very vague overview of who's on PS. I think it's worth while, nothings going to be perfect. I'm interested. This is going to make up Brib's mind of going big time or closing shop.
  15. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

  16. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,249

    Gross profit?

    Net profit?

    Net, net profit?
  17. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    up to you mark. net is the more accurate of the two. or you could use net income instead of net profit. j/k
    good to see you back. i actually started missing you.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2007

    RBRONKEMA GHTFD 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,592

    I am sure this was mentioned too, but what about snow fall amounts?. I plow for the fun of it, but also to make a little profit while doing it. I am not doing it to get rich. Although it would be nice, but i think i would have to start lowball all of ottawa county to do that. And then try and figure out a way to plow all of the account too. NAH I'll just stick to the little accounts I have and call it a day.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2007
  19. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    It all depends on what the weather does. I know some men have seasonal contracts, but no one I run into wants anything to do with them. I think theres a little embelleshment going on about how many of these seasonal deals are out there, but thats another thread.

    If we get an average snowfall this year I will make 25 to 30 K with one truck, one salter, and one old dude with a cigarette in his mouth. Now thats Net. Not gross. If we get snow this will be my best year ever.
  20. powerjoke

    powerjoke PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,341

    bri i think the poll was straight forward enough!, heck i answered it. i understand profit to be take home pay? such as gross is before expenses net/profit is after expenses right or wrong those are the only 2 i know of but then again WHERES THAT BUIS. ECO BOOK OZONE? LOL

    nobody needs to feel bad if they only make X (we all cant be jd)LOL:gunsfiring: making XXXXXXXXX?

    so just answer the Q honestly.
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2007