How to Start a Snow Removal Business

If you’re wanting to try your hand in entrepreneurship, then it’s important that you find something that you can be passionate about. Most people end up starting a snow removal business because their landscaping company doesn’t have anything to do during the winter months. I’ve never met anyone that is passionate about shoveling snow, but I’m sure that these people do exist. Heck, you might even be one of them. What’s important to think about though, if you really want to start a snow removal company, is the legitimacy of this being a full-time income for you during the winter months. You’re going to have to know how to market yourself better than your competition.

Funding Your Snow Removal Start-Up

You aren’t going to have to buy a lot of things to get started in comparison to other entrepreneurial opportunities out there. For instance, this company that targets commercial snow removal in Chicago started off from very humble beginnings. Basically, you will have to get some insurance and some sort of machine that can push snow. You could buy a snow blower that you follow behind and just focus on sidewalks and small driveways to start. You could also buy a plow and install it on the front of your pickup truck if you want to go that route. You might be able to afford a combination of both. It is our recommendation that you start small and not borrow any money from friends, family, or financial institutions.

Marketing Your Snow Plowing Company

When marketing your new company, the question is going to be, how is your competition marketing themselves? If you are up against commercial snow removal companies, then you are going to have to show up in person and talk to the owner of the property. The reason for this…most other companies won’t have the guts.

For marketing a residential snow plowing business, we highly recommend that you use door hangers right before the weatherman says that it’s going to snow. Being ‘top-of-mind’ is usually how people get business and if you time it just right, you can easily out-market your competition. After all, your competition is probably just some kid down the street who owns a shovel.

So, there you have it. That’s really how to start a great snow removal business. Just remember, you have to do really well during the months that you are “in business” because you aren’t going to have any revenue during the other months. 🙂