The Real Life Mr. Plow

Switching from my old job to my new one was great for making more money, but it takes up more of my time. I used to do all these side jobs to make enough money to get by, but now I don’t have the time to do that, and I make more money so I don’t need to as much (which is awesomely radical, dudes).

Except snow plowing. I bought the plow for my truck a couple years ago and each year when the snow comes down, I hit the streets!Mr. Plow truck

Even with my new job that takes up time, I still find time to get in that truck to plow for extra money. I have to look out for people who won’t pay, but other than that, it’s not a bad time and people are pretty grateful!

And hey, the winter seems to be lasting extra long this year (stupid groundhog didn’t know what he was talking about), so I should get in some extra plowing before it’s time to unhook the ol’ plow from my truck!


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The Real Life Mr. Plow — 18 Comments

  1. I used to do this back in the 70’s and 80’s and it was very lucrative. Unfortunately in this neck of the woods now…not so much. It seems everyone decided to get into the biz and now lots are being plowed for the same price we bid over 20 years ago…when trucks weren’t $30K and fuel wasn’t approaching $4 agallon. I don’t know how the business model makes sense…How do you make the numbers work?

  2. When I was in my late teens my friend had an old beatup truck with a plow. Every time it snowed I would go out with him and plow parking lots and pull stuck cars out. That was in NYC so there where plenty of stuck cars once the snow plows cleared the streets (Massive piles of snow blocking everyone in) We made pretty good money but worked like crazy for a day or two! I can see how having a plow on your truck in a snow heavy area can bring in a few extra bucks.
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    • Definitely can make a good amount of money in a couple days. But then when it doesn’t snow, you get screwed! That’s cool though having that old memory with that buddy of yours.

  3. I’d be interested in whether you charge per push or for the season, or do you offer both, and if you offer both, how does it generally work out for you? Obviously in mild winters, seasonal contracts favor the plowing company, but heavy winters are otherwise. My parents go back and forth every year, so I have their take on the consumer perspective, but curious on what your experiences are from ‘the other side of the plow’
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    • Haha, yeah, I charge per push. I have loose agreements with a couple companies so that I stop by when it snows. Sometimes other plows get there before me, but that’s kind of fair since some days when it snows I can’t make it out because of my day job. I make enough that it’s worth my while, but it’s not a cash cow, that’s for sure.

  4. After my cousin hurt his arm in a tug-boat accident, he’s been looking for a new way to make money. This year, he’s been plowing fora small company and they always put him in the most rediculous equipment. In NJ’s last big snowfall, he was driving a cement mixer with a plow mounted to it! They obviously didn’t pay much for that mixer, because after he finished and was driving back to the yard, it completely died in the middle of the Parkway.
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