Some people find shoveling snow a real pain – a job happily mortgaged to any willing being.
What happened if you are this willing being? Maybe you can make good money with a hearty dusting.
This is Daniel Miller, CEO of an app called Shovler, come inside.
Shovler is a bit like Uber – but for shoveling snow – and since its release in December 2016, more than 125,000 people have registered as snow shovels, according to Miller.
How did the Shovler app start?
Miller shoveled snow as a teenager and always thought it was the perfect gig: people are grateful, you get a good workout, and it’s actually fun.
Plus: the pay isn’t too shabby.
Miller came up with the idea for Shovler in the winter of 2015 when his parents were hanging out in Florida and wanted a vacant driveway when they returned to New Jersey. Full plowing service wasn’t required, but they had a hard time finding someone with a little hustle and bustle and a shovel.
“I just realized that there are many people in similar situations, especially older people, who would like to hire a snow shovel only for the days they need one, or take a break from shoveling themselves,” Miller writes an email.
He’d always seen these apps to solve what he calls “minor problems” – like delivering groceries a few blocks away. “But no one has fixed this big logistical nightmare that people have every year,” he says.
The app seemed obvious to him. Why wasn’t it invented years ago?
How Much Money Can You Make Using the Shoveler App?
Those who need shovel services enter their requests into the app. The registered diggers are called when a job is available nearby.
Payment is calculated by an algorithm that takes into account the depth of snow and the size of the property, as well as other factors. In general, however, typical prices range from:
- $ 30 to $ 40 for a car parked on a city street.
- $ 35 to $ 75 for a two-car driveway that is suitable for three cars, an average sidewalk, and an average sidewalk in front of a house
- 50 cents to $ 2 per square foot on a sidewalk or small parking lot (for businesses)
The Shovler app takes 20% of each job, and the human shoveler gets the rest. Miller says the company doesn’t charge for the tips the diggers earn.
According to Miller, Shovelers made up to $ 200 per gig and “up to several thousand dollars in snowstorms.” He says the app also hosts customers who tip generously, with some using a 50% tip (the average tip is $ 10-20).
“Drugs love the app because they get paid by the job, not by the hour,” says Miller. “It really gives them an opportunity to make $ 50 in an hour if they’re fast.”
Shovels are paid after the user evaluates the job or within 13 hours – whichever is faster.
The app is available in the US and Canada. According to Miller, it’s most popular in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Milwaukee, Toronto, Minneapolis, and New York, as well as the surrounding suburbs.
Signing up is easy – and much easier than knocking clumsily on your neighbors’ doors to offer your services.
Carson Kohler is a former employee of the Penny Hoarder.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com