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What to do?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by QMVA, Oct 10, 2004.

  1. QMVA

    QMVA Senior Member
    Messages: 431

    Well snow is coming and I have come upon a problem. Last year I plowed my dad's parking lot for a few storms with HIS truck. This year I want to go out and plow with on my with my own truck. My question is should I try to get a few residential near my home and snow blow them until I get a truck or keep plowing my dad's parking lot and gain experience until I get a truck then try to get residential. I get my license in January so until then I have to chose one of these. I wish I could do both but i dont think I will have enough time between snow and school to do both. My decision really doesn't affect my dad because he has an employee that could plow and I own a snowblower so it all comes down to my decision which in turn becomes your decision. So tell me what you think I should do. :alien:
  2. Mick

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

    Why not do both - keep plowing Dad's lot and get a few driveways to snowblow? Then, when you get your license, maybe you could start using the truck on them. Think of your Dad's lot as one of your accounts. Keep your route small this winter; don't over-extend yourself or promise something you can't deliver. This can be great real-world experience for estimating job time, route planning, billing etc. Maybe you're using his truck, but you need to provide gas, repairs and plan for replacement equipment. Even if he's not paying you, draw up a bill to give him (mark it paid?) for the experience. One of the hardest things for some people is asking for payment. Ask Dad to treat you like he would any other contractor for snowplowing (without going overboard "for your own good"). You're really in an excellent position to start a business for plowing snow.

    Good luck.
  3. avalancheplow

    avalancheplow Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    I would just stay working for you dad this year, and plan for next winter to be on your own.
  4. Boast Enterpris

    Boast Enterpris Senior Member
    Messages: 745

    As usual, Mick summed it up. Get as much experience as possible before you have to start bidding & maintaining those big jobs yourself. :waving: