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How long have you been in business? What else do you do?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by burtle, Jan 3, 2016.

  1. burtle

    burtle Member
    from USA
    Messages: 52

    How long have you been in the snow plowing business?

    Do you do lawn care on the side or what else do you do?
  2. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,722

    I've been clearing snow for I believe 6 or 7 years now (no plow). In the other months I am a deck contractor and own a business for that.
  3. JustJeff

    JustJeff 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,481

    Been in snow for 20 years +/-. Have also been a union carpenter for 20 years or so, but have had a overhead door business now for the last seven or eight years.
  4. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,925

    Own ice cream shops and a concession company in which we work outdoor festivals such as county fairs and music concerts. Been plowing for 9 years now and i still love it .
  5. beanz27

    beanz27 Senior Member
    Messages: 984

    Plowing 8 years, 7 myself, last 5 completely on my own. During summer I make hay and sweep.
  6. 32vld

    32vld Senior Member
    from LI, NY
    Messages: 622

    This is my 10th year doing residential snow, finished my 6th year landscaping, mostly maintenance, solo.
  7. CashinH&P

    CashinH&P Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    This will be my 5th year doing snow removal. In the summer I do landscape maintenance. I am also fire fighter in my town.
  8. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    Lol, most of my equipment has been in service longer than you guys have been plowing.
  9. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    19 years plowing. Landscape contractor is my other hobby
  10. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    or alive.:drinkup:
  11. JMHConstruction

    JMHConstruction PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,722

    I'm pretty proud of myself for where I am at 25 years old. I made some STUPID mistakes my first 2 years in business (some with snow, most with my deck company) and am glad I could push through that and still am able to learn today.

    Since I'm not sure if I've sad it much, you veterans on here really helped out my business in the beginning and still today. For that I want to thank you.

    Now that the mushy stuff is out of the way, can we please get a little more snow so we can make some money. My savings is starting to tell me that I won't be getting my small skidsteer or mini skid next year for the decks.
  12. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,256

    No kidding, ya old fart.
  13. dodgegmc1213

    dodgegmc1213 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,011

    Been plowing since I was 13-14, father took me out of school every time there was a storm and I drove our f450 plowing Stewarts airport here in ny. Dropped out at 16 and went to work full time for him, plowing and sealcoating. Now 23 and gonna buy the line striping from him in the spring and start my own business
  14. citywide

    citywide Junior Member
    Messages: 28

    This is my 3rd year plowing... also own a two-way radio shop / warning light installation... also a part time fire dispatcher and Auxiliary Police officer.
  15. FourDiamond

    FourDiamond Senior Member
    Messages: 130

    6th year of plowing commercially, about 15 years plowing total. Owning and managing apartment buildings and strip centers are our main business.
  16. NHCraigT

    NHCraigT Member
    from NH
    Messages: 50

    Over 30 years licensed general contracting (residential, commercial & industrial) - as the main operation. Residential plowing since 2008, after started doing my own property.
  17. thelettuceman

    thelettuceman PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,218

    Started in 1979. This would be my 36th year. Use the front of the truck for snow plowing. Use the back of the truck for junk removal.

    I also work in catering for someone else part time. Started in 1971. This is my 45th year. Looking for 5 more years in catering so I can say that I did it for 50 years. Don't ask me how many times I have been fired.:D
  18. BRL1

    BRL1 Senior Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 666

    Landscape service for 14 years plowing commercial for 4
  19. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,174

    Hoping to be in the business soon.
  20. Superior L & L

    Superior L & L PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,041

    Lol, didn't realize how many newbies there were