Even though snow removal businesses are seasonal in most of the areas in the United States, they promise a great return on investment. The perfect season brings in an enormous demand of such services thereby allowing contractors to make a big sum of money.
If you’re considering this business as a full time or part time income source, this is a guide that can help you with setting up a snow removal business. Here’s how to get started with this business.
Consider what kind of services to offer
This business allows you to choose between different levels of service. You can offer necessary plowing service that would require just a shovel or snow blower or you can provide commercial service that may include snow plowing trucks etc.
You can also consider offering plowing services to both residential and business clients, or you can provide custom services.
Take time to do research on what kind of services would suit your working style and then move on to the next step.
Get your business registered
Though many people don’t consider this option that early, but having a registered snow removal business can provide you an edge over your competitors. Nowadays, clients prefer working with registered service contractors for they seem to be more professional and reliable.
In case, you’re going to use a name different than your name, getting your business registered is a must.
Purchase the necessary tools
For commercial jobs, get a truck with a snow plow and for residential jobs, you would need to get a shovel, snow blower and heavy winter clothing and accessories. You may also need to purchase an open-top trailer if you’re planning to offer complete snow removal services.
This step is highly dependent on the first one for if you aren’t clear about the services you plan to offer, you may end up buying the wrong equipment or spending too much on the equipment.
Decide what you’re going to charge
Get into the research mode and find out about the competitors in your area and specifically about how much they charge. Deciding the right amount to charge your customers is essential to the success of your business.
You need to be competitive in the market and thus must not charge too much. Being the cheapest provider in the area can lead to fewer profits. Therefore decide the amount carefully after good research.
Work on the documentation
Setting up a new business involves a lot of documentation tasks. Once you get your business registered, find out all the rules and regulations set up for your business. Look for insurance responsibility and then make sure you business is adhering to the tax obligations.
For commercial clients, make a contract mentioning all the details of the task – what services would you provide, how much would it cost, what are the features of the area to be plowed and what are the snow depth scenario and how they would affect the service and price for the service.
Doing all this would save you from unnecessary hassles and also increase client satisfaction.
Establish a marketing and advertising budget
Once you have set up your snow removal business, you need to get the work out there. For that, you need a marketing and publicity plan. Where you spend and how much you spend on this depends on your budget.
You can consider door to door marketing, flyers, television ads, radio announcements or social media marketing for this purpose.
Another awesome way to get more customers while you’re starting out is to join exclusive networks like Same Day Pros which can help you connect with potential clients and can also assist you and help you advertise your snow removal business at low costs. This is an option that must be considered if you have a small budget.
Plan everything carefully because you don’t want to waste your money just when you’re starting out.
This is how to get a snow removal business running. Make sure you don’t go overboard with budget and marketing efforts. You also don’t want more customers than you can handle. So, plan well and execute everything well.