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Sweeping Profit?

Discussion in 'Sweeper Forum' started by hoopdavies, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. hoopdavies

    hoopdavies Junior Member
    from Va
    Messages: 2

    Hello all,

    This is my first post. I have been investigating sweeping for the past 6 months. I don't know if anyone has seen the article in this months "Inc." magazine, . It has a story in back about a young kid who started sweeping from scratch in Louisiana.

    Here is the link:

    My question is: He says that a local walmart pays 3,200 to 3,800 a month for sweeping. Do the large big box guys pay in lump sum contracts or is ONLY by the hour like most members here say?

    Second: He says that after just a few months he is grossing 45,000 a month on two Schwarze s347's doing about 10 lots a night for various big box stores. Is this a realistic number in terms of monthly revenue?

    Third: If he grosses this much is he taking home 20, 30 ,40 or 50+ percent or MORE of that money? I didn't know sweepers made that much money on consistent work.

    Whats your take on this?
  2. murray83

    murray83 Senior Member
    Messages: 420

    Not a sweeper myself but they are high maintance machines and one you break down the insurance,up keep,fuel,operator etc you'll find its actually more of a pain sometimes than most think.

    Dwan would be an excellant person to ask as he's broken down the costs of doing business before in some of these threads,do a search and start reading lots of good info to be sought on this forum.
  3. samtm82

    samtm82 Junior Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4


    If you would like to talk with some guys in the sweeping buisness who are making good money and can give you some insight to the buisness give me a call. I have alot of friends in sweeping that are making alot of money, including Jerome Boykin in the article. Sam 256-426-2970
  4. Duracutter

    Duracutter Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 200

    And maybe sell a machine while were at it...:nod: xysport :nono: :rolleyes:
  5. Dwan

    Dwan Senior Member
    Messages: 879

    You can call me I don't have anything for sale. PM me for my phone#
  6. plowtime1

    plowtime1 Senior Member
    Messages: 446

    new to sweeping

    yes the sweeping industry can be quite profitable..my buddy owns a company a few towns over and does just fine..it is true they require constant up keep. Smart business people such as the last poster seems to keep quite busy as well. Keep your major account area within 30 minutes drive until acclimated. hope this works for you.
  7. hickslawns

    hickslawns Senior Member
    Messages: 627

    Hoop- As with plowing or mowing this is a regional pricing thing. We find our sweeping to be steady year round and decently profitable. I have also found it difficult to pick up work due to cheap pricing in our areas. There are people driving from 45 min north of my town to sweep big box stores for $40-60 once a week. I will let my equipment sit before working it just to break even or lose money. Do some research in your area and look up world sweeper forum on a google search. There is a lot of info there. As far as new/old equipment, they all require maintenance and they all break just like any other piece of equipment. Good luck.