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Offline Snow removal SEASONAL MONTHLY INCOME$?

Discussion in 'Offline Marketing' started by Formconsults, Nov 19, 2014.

  1. Formconsults

    Formconsults Newbie

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    First post! I have schemed up a car-snow removal service. I live in an area that snows heavily for the majority of the winter, so why not profit? I always hated going outside in the morning in -10F weather to have to clean all the snow off my car. I want to offer a service to remove the snow off peoples cars before an individual customers time ( ex. 6am) when there is accumulation. I am thinking about charging $20/month and will try to sell $50 3-month packages.

    Obviously, this is targeting a niche customers base that:
    A) Does not have a garage/ carport
    B) Values the convenience on snowy morning

    Let me know what y'all think
     
  2. herrgutt

    herrgutt Newbie

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    I think its a good idea. But how are you going to keep the snow off their cars? Ie if it snows heavily and you have, lets say 20 customers.. By the time you are done with the last you will need to start over on the first one? Where I live a person takes 300$ a month to remove snow from all the houses driveways (not their cars) all winter. He has over 500 customers each year. He is using a tractor. Very profitable nieche.
     
  3. karupoiss

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    You are telling me this guy makes 150 000/month for removing snow from driveways?
     
  4. joeb1ow

    joeb1ow Regular Member

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    with expenses such as gas and maintenance on that tractor... he aint making that much

    -joeb1ow
     
  5. LostConnection

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    I call bullshit, I could hire the kid from next door to do it for 50$ a month and that would mean the world to him. Would take him 10 minutes a day, so he'd end up making 10$ an hour if he did it every day.

    That tractor guy does not have 500 clients, at least not simultaneously. Physically impossible to clear the snow out of 500 driveways within 24 hours, let alone 24 hours. Factoring in everything, I'd say he can do about 6-8 driveways per hour, meaning he'd be able to clear 48-64 driveways a day, and let's give him some extra hours and a high level of motivation, and say an impressive 100 driveways per day, meaning he could clear out those 500 driveways once a week by working overtime every single day.

    Now who in their right mind would pay 300$ for once a week snow removal from their drive way, when you could do it yourself each day and get some exercise, or hire the kid from the neighborhood to do it for you for the said 50$, even 100$ since you don't have to pay the idiot with the tractor three times that for over seven times smaller amount of work.

    Indeed a very profitable niche, but the earnings reports you just gave are as reliable as this one:
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    So might want to go home and check your numbers, since that guy is not making that much money.
     
  6. Masterptc

    Masterptc Regular Member

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    Get the customers and sign them up for your service for the next few months of winter, and hire someone from fiverr to do the work.
     
  7. Tobbe co

    Tobbe co Junior Member

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    So the kid next door and the guy with a tractor would do about the same amount of driveways per hour you think (6)?

    Ofc it depends on what kind if driveway it is, but a simple one: from the main street several meters in doesn't take more then 1, sometime 2 minutes.
     
  8. LostConnection

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    Remember that the kid only has to come from next door, use a snow scoop or whatever he wants, and push the snow away. I'm from Finland so I've done that plenty of times. Naturally, it can take more time if the drive way is annoyingly tricky, super big or small spots behind obstacles everywhere then the tractor guy would be possibly screwed and the kid would need more time.

    Just saying that there's no way the guy is clearing driveways with a tractor at a pace where it would be worth 300$ per month to each client. He might have some hired help who do it every day for every one of those 500 customers, then sure, but that means a huge cut in the profits.

    And that's quite optimistic, the 1-2 minutes per driveway, but if it's a simple enough on then sure. Still, wouldn't make it to each driveway more than three times a week counting in the fact that I doubt it's one big ass street with all the houses conveniently arranged so that he can plow from one to another in a straight line. Takes time to reverse the thing and drive it on to the next house.

    EDIT: Factor in the kid would get tired after a couple of driveways so naturally he wouldn't be able to keep up the pace, but the point is just to refer to one driveway here as a comparison.