Don’t scoff–this could actually be lucrative if you live in the cold northern part of the US in the winter. (Or any cold climate–doesn’t have to be the US.) And if you have a strong back–yeah, that helps. Many people are not in a position, nor have the inclination, to shovel their driveways or sidewalks after snow falls. And most would rather pay someone else to do this for them, than to have to do it themselves. You don’t have to specialize in landscaping or outdoor work to do this, either. If you have some experience with snow shoveling, then you can do this. You can charge what you like, but remember, if you charge too much, you won’t get business. If you charge too little, then you don’t make a lot. The key is to test what the market will bear; i.e. your community. If you live in a community full of brand new houses, and people are always going on vacations, etc, then you could probably charge more than if you lived in the inner city area where people are barely squeaking by financially.
The point is to make some extra money–not to create a business from this. If people know that you do this, and a huge snow strom comes through, you could easily rack up several customers in one-two days. And have a nice little bundle of money to do with as you see fit. For example, if you charged $10 per customer, and you had 20 customers in a two day period, you could make $200. Not bad for two days’ worth of work. And that $200 could come in pretty handy to buy extra food, pay a gas bill, or just put aside for emergencies. It’s not rocket science here, and making extra money doesn’t have to be a long and boring process.
Getting the word out is key to this. When no one knows you are available to shovel, they won’t come to you when a storm blows through. This is where sharing yourself comes in handy. Talk to many people and become, at the very least, friendly acquaintances with them. Let them know what you do for a living…share with them that you shovel in the winter, and do yard work in the summer. Ask them to let their friends know. Anything…don’t be afraid to let people know you want their business. (Gently and politely, please!)
Be proactive in creating a casual income, and it will repay you nicely.