Originally Posted by Tacoma750
Hello all. Im 18 and im looking to start my own business. I plan on starting school this coming September, I wil be going to get a degree in Business. I have always thought about what I would like to do and after a lot of thinking I have decided on something. Its really only for the winter though but here goes. Snow Removale. I have always been into the outdoors and trucks. I love snow but hate shoveling it (everybody does) I thought it would be a really good business to start out with being so young. Its small and isnt year round. This gives you the "off-season" to fix the problems with the business as well as ADVERTISE! I would focus more on small commercial lots such as gas stations and Banks. As for getting my name out there I would buy a HUGE truck and get my company name on the side. Also get really nice business cards and maybe even brochures. IM good friends with a gas station owner and im sure he would help get my name out there aswell. If this is something you think i can accomplish please give me helpful advice.
My sister lives in Tacoma too. Beautiful state you live in for sure.
In the "off season" may I suggest you do commercial vacuuming of those same lots....once you can afford to invest in one of those little trucks with the built on units. Snow removal during the winter and vacuuming the filth up from those same business parking lots and gas stations during the other three seasons. In California it is a honest and profitable business that is done in the wee hours. It shouldn' t interfere with your schooling and it is not labor intensive. You may also consider "teaming" with an established vacuum business and "helping" one another out through each others' off season.
(By the way....I did snow removal in Ohio....by shovel....for two years, and assembly piece work the rest of the year while I finished high school....back in the day. It kept me from becoming homeless.)
Do the best job possible as a service oriented business is a business that will succeed with honest effort, hard work, and a wonderful reputation. Be fair and friendly too! I wish you the greatest success in the new year!