Too late to start plow Biz?

KDOG

Junior Member
I just lost my job a few weeks ago and have had trouble finding a job that pays as well (45,000). I am thinking of starting a lawncare/snowplow biz. I live in Northwest Indiana and was wondering if it was too late to obtain some commercial snow removal accounts? I have a real nice 97 F150 extended cab but no plow. I am thinking of maybe just doing residentials this year with my snowblower (a real nice one was like 1K). Well please give me some input, I would really appreciate it.











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cat320

2000 Club Member
Location
stoneham,ma
I would have to say that your too late for commercial.Residential you might have a chance most i think don't think about the white stuff untill it happens.
 

cat320

2000 Club Member
Location
stoneham,ma
I did an ad in the local paper some guy that live around the conner from me did flyers on every door .Best advertising is on your truck get some magnetic signs and slap them on the side with your services and or put some leaflets on cars at the suppermarget and a notice inside the store. those are just a few of the things tht you could do>just to give you Ideas but every reagion is different as to what works the best.
 

wxmn6

PlowSite.com Addict
Location
Claverack, NY
That is how I started out. Two years ago I bought a John Deere snowblower and had an excellent winter. Last year I bought a Fisher snowplow but only got to plow once last year due to lack of snow. Hopefully this winter will be much better.

I advertise by placing my business cards at local store and has an ad on community calendar. But most of customers that I got are from word of mouth.
 

Pelican

2000 Club Member
I had a flyer made up when I started, you can pick your canvas areas. Don't put anything inside mailboxes, it's against the law! You can, however, attach them to the outside of the box.

You can also post them at local stores, most have an area for this type of thing. Once you get a few accounts, if you prove yourself dependable, you should see your list grow quickly.
 

Mick

PlowSite.com Veteran
Location
Maine
All good advise. Also, talk to the maintenance people for any apartment complexes, duplexes, malls and anthing else with a sidewalk. Find out who is responsible for snow removal and offer to keep the walks clear. You'd be surprised how many can get the lot plowed, but have a hard time getting the walks done! Don't forget to talk up and sell anti- and deicing.
 

landman

Senior Member
Location
NJ
Not saying to take advantage but if you have an area near you where there is a neighborhood of senior citizens then thats where I would target first. Most of senior citizens can't shovel snow or cut the grass plus they will usually ask you to do other odd jobs for them. Then as the way seniors are when they go to thier "senior meetings" they will tell others about you and you can get some more work without costing you anything. Just a thought.
 

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