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Makin any money ?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by John Allin, Dec 20, 2002.

  1. John Allin

    John Allin PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    So... what's the deal thus far ?? Anybody making any profits this season yet ?? Don't want to know numbers... just asking how it "feels" thus far.....
  2. speedracer241

    speedracer241 Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    I cleaned off a couple sidewalks a month or so ago:( .
    Very little happening here.
    Mark K
  3. Arc Burn

    Arc Burn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,141

    So far so good,plowed 3-4 times already,plowed 3 times total last year!This rain today didn't "feel" to good on me or my wallet:(
  4. BRIMOW525

    BRIMOW525 Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    Made good money Dec 5. Paid myself back for the preping, salter motor, pallets of salt to stock and pay for those driveway markers I hit. I know its just the beginning of the season but hopefully it'll be better than the last 2-3 yrs.
  5. BRIMOW525

    BRIMOW525 Senior Member
    Messages: 259

    like this

  6. mike9497

    mike9497 Senior Member
    Messages: 466

    not much work for me very few accounts this year.i don`t think im going to be able to make it into next spring with my small biz unless i get alot more accounts before next month which at this point i don`t think thats going to happen but im hopeful.
  7. Grshppr

    Grshppr Senior Member
    Messages: 268

    No snow here yet. The last four years have been below average for snowfall, I was kinda hoping for a lot of snow this year. Oh well I still have some money coming in from my season contracts, its just that I only have enough of those to pay my base expenses.:(
  8. digger242j

    digger242j Senior Member
    Messages: 672

    Well, we've already equalled last winter in the number of plowable events here in the Pittsburgh area.
  9. Mick

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

    Plowed the full route once in Nov and once in Dec. A few plows for those with lower triggers and special requests. More sanding lately because of freezing rain. Overall, I think I may be in danger of having plowing termed a hobby by the IRS due lack of income in relation to expenses. Oh well, it might pick up later this month and next year.
  10. Hmebuildr

    Hmebuildr Senior Member
    Messages: 115

    Have had 6 plowable storms so far this year so I am ahead of last year this time but nothing big which is good mostly under 6 inches easy push so far
  11. chtucker

    chtucker Senior Member
    Messages: 618

    Good and Bad. I am making more money plowing than brewing beer.

    Winter has been decent here. It certainly has been a learning experience. I never could justify the $75 plus an hour rates until I fried my altenator. It was snowing and I HAD to have one. Didn't matter what it cost. I had to settle for one I did not want, 105 amp when stock is 130. I had to have the truck up and running so...

    I have recouped my initial investment and then some. So long as I don't back into something:D I should do well this year. I was hoping to break even and I am do that and then some.

    I did not consider this as much work as it is though. It IS a second job. Invoiceing, collecting, maintaining vehicle, interacting with customers, bidding, and just being on edge every storm takes time. I set my alarm for 5am every day to check for accumulation.

    I am hoping that things continue this way!

  12. long0

    long0 Senior Member
    Messages: 247

    All expenses paid for - Insurance, fuel, truck payments, upgrades to equipment, even a new motor in one truck. So far I'm on the plus side.

    John, I understand from here that you run a fairly large company. Scared of us small guys??!!!:D :D

    Just fooling with ya!

  13. Earthscapes

    Earthscapes Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 577

    Plowed 3 times so far this year,,, so yes i am making it and spending very little on fuel and breakdowns..... I hope it doesn't snow till march

    In case your wondering all seasonal contracts 75 houses and 7 small lots
    97% of them paid the yr in full back in Oct.
  14. landscaper3

    landscaper3 Senior Member
    Messages: 309

    The less it snows the more we make!!! We are 95% commercial and we get paid every month weather we plow or not! Would like to go out every once in awile though! Gotta love the white stuff.
  15. wyldman

    wyldman Member
    Messages: 3,265

    2 plowable events up here so far,only a few minor breakdowns.Salting has been down though.That's where we make most of our money.Most of our plow stuff is all prepaid seasonal commercial.Both storms so far were quite large so lots of cash work doing drives\gas stations,etc....Have a very large salt storage house we just built and 200 tons of salt I bought in oct.Hope we'll get to use it soon.
  16. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    Mike 9494
    If things are so tight with the business, why are you contemplating another 3000.00 purchase?? Just a question, not an accusation.
  17. landman

    landman Senior Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 185

    Good and bad: Good= plowed 9" snow on Dec 5th made good money Bad= didn't finish all the fall cleanups yet, we just started back with them this week when all the snow melted hopefuly we'll finish in the next 2 weeks. Now if John Allin would just send my check for all the First Unions and CVS it would make it a VERY MERRY Christmas. lol :)
  18. frogman

    frogman Member
    from MD
    Messages: 53

    We've done more at this point than last season's end. 'Looking forward to the real winter months. Nothing like you guys up north get but I think the rates are a bit higher here and that helps some. When it does hit, folks around these parts panick. My wife's from ND and I'm from PA. It still amazes us.

    OBRYANMAINT PlowSite.com Veteran
    from ohio
    Messages: 534

    we are up....on dollares and events to the usuall at this time of year.

    going to look at new trucks!
  20. litle green guy

    litle green guy Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    We plowed one so far... I realy hope we start getting some hits soon.