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How to Make Money During a Snowstorm

March 7, 2013
by The Penny Hoarder
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Snow Shoveling

Snow. Some people love it and some people hate it. Regardless of your opinion about the fluffy white stuff, if you live in an area where it flies each winter, did you know you have a few money-making options right under your nose?

How to Make Money During a Snowstorm

Alright, perhaps it’s not during a snowstorm because we want to keep all of you Penny Hoarders safe, but consider the following options for ways to make money during the aftermath of a snowstorm:

Shovel Out

If you live in an urban area, did you know that people will actually pay you to dig out their cars for them? Depending on the storm’s accumulation, you can make upwards of $50/car! Plus, the digging and money-making opportunities don’t stop there. You can be paid to shovel a stoop, clear a section of sidewalk or even clear a path to someone’s garage. Why? Because of a little know fact that most people who live in the city don’t own a snow shovel!

Your $15-30 investment can reap hundreds of dollars in rewards if you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and push a bit of snow (or maybe a whole lot of snow if your city is hit with a storm like Boston recently was during Nemo). An added bonus is the exercise you’ll be sneaking in.

The best part is that this isn’t urban-specific. If you live in a rural area or in the suburbs, you could strike up deals with your neighbors to shovel them out after a storm as well.

Plow Out

For the more ambitious, consider putting a snow plow on the front of your truck or jeep. As far as seasonal work is concerned, this is a fantastic way to earn upwards of $1,000s. Consider contracting with local businesses, schools, churches and apartment complexes. Chances are, there’s someone that needs assistance with snow removal. This means more money in your pocket!

Embrace the Markup

During the Nemo storm, it was a common sight to see budding entrepreneurs combing the streets with snow shovels and brushes in hand–to sell. Now while you’d have to investigate all angles of this option to ensure a return on your investment (and be comfortable doing something like this), you could easily be rewarded with a handsome bounty. Even better if you’re able to order your inventory from sites like Amazon for incredible discounted rates.

 

What other ways can you think of to make money during a snowstorm?

 

 

by The Penny Hoarder
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