How Much Money Can You Make Plowing Snow?

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How Much Money Can You Make Plowing Snow?

 

“Don’t build a snow fort too close to the road.” If you grew up in a place where it snows often, you may remember hearing this a few times. There was a time when we were all young where snow plows were the enemy. The only thing standing between you and a possible snow day in the morning. Fast-forward to present-day and plowing snow can be very profitable when done correctly.

Some people can earn more money plowing snow than many earn in a full year at their full-time job. It is not uncommon for a snow plowing business to earn $50,000 or more per plow truck during a single Winter! Let’s take a closer look several different ways to make money this Winter by plowing snow.

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Owning Your Own Plow Truck

One way to make money plowing is to be a one-man operation with just you and your plow truck. There are several different methods you could use to make money plowing snow with your own truck.

One method is to use Residential Snow Removal Contracts. These contracts often work by agreeing to clear snow for the entire year for a fee. For this example, let’s say you charge $400 for a residential driveway. This fee does not factor in how much snow falls during a storm. If it snows 50 inches you make $400 and if it snows 10 inches you make $400. You may also choose to structure your residential contracts so that the customer pays $400 for snow totals within a certain range and if there is a record year of snow there is opportunity for you to charge additional fees.

The next method you may choose to use is Commercial Snow Removal Contracts. These contracts would be made with local businesses and you’d be plowing parking lots instead of driveways. These will likely bring you in more money than residential because you will be charging more. For this example, let’s say you charge $700 per month from November through March. Again, you will make the same amount each month whether it snows or not. For commercial snow removal there are two basic pricing models:

Seasonal Rates: This means that you earn the same amount of money if there is a record snow fall or no snow at all.

Per Inch Rates: With this contract structure, you are likely to earn more per inch of snow plowed, but you run the risk of a low snowfall Winter which means you may make next to nothing in profit.

 

The third method you can use is Hourly Snow Removal Rates. The hourly rate that you can make plowing if you are a subcontractor will vary drastically depending on supply and demand, city, etc. In this method you can charge an hourly rate for your snow plow services. This often means that you are working for someone else using your own truck and plow.

 

Owning Several Plow Trucks

You may have access to several plow trucks or maybe even five or ten. If this is the case than you may choose to hire people to work for you and use the plows. If you choose to do this, you can use all of the methods listed above, you will just have to factor more supplies and paying your drivers into your expenses.

 

What Are the Expenses of Snow Plowing?

There are several expenses that you will incur with a snow plow business. The amount of these will vary depending on if you are working by yourself or employing a crew. Expenses for snow plowing include the following:

·        {C}Fuel

·        {C}Wages (If you have employees)

·        {C}Salt

·        {C}Chemicals

·        {C}Vehicle Maintenance

What is the Best Truck for Plowing Snow?

If you are serious about starting your own snow plowing business, we have a few truck models for you to consider that have proven to be the most dependable. The Ford F-250 and F-350 Super Duty pickup trucks are excellent options. These trucks are incredibly tough and dependable. This is exactly what you want when dealing with heavy snow and ice.

Here at Muzi Ford we have a great selection of both F-250 and F-350 models. We have a number of super duty trucks already upfitted with dependable Fisher Snow Plows. Call one of our Truck experts or stop by our Needham, MA dealership today to learn more about these powerful trucks perfect for snow plowing.

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