One young man cashed in on Seattle's heavy snowfall when he drove to the area with his plow equipment in early February, according to an article on foxnews.com
Eighteen-year-old David Holston from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was already planning to go to Seattle to visit his mother, who had been staying there after undergoing a major surgery. The entrepreneur who started a landscaping business in Coeur d'Alene last spring made more in four days than many make in a year.
Before he left, he says a friend tipped him off about the forecasted snow in Seattle. His friend was right – the city got hit with heavy snowfall, reportedly 10 inches in some parts of the city.
“I figured I would just bring my plow and if I picked up a job, great, and if I didn't it would still be okay,” Holston said in a phone interview with ABC Fox Montana.
After Holston posted a Craigslist ad, he says his phone didn't stop ringing. A majority of the calls he received were from businesses and Seattle-area residents.
Holston would begin his days at around 2 a.m. and work for 12 to 15 hours. He would load the plow truck up and warm the rig up before heading out to do his commercial loop, which included industrial warehouses, parking lots and car lots. After finishing up one area he would move on to the next, typically residential areas.
In Idaho, he typically charges $125 an hour. But in Washington, he charged up to $500 to $750 an hour in his Craigslist ad.
Holston says luck has nothing to do with it and that he thanks God for the opportunity.
“My goal was just to serve the Lord with my life, and then he would direct it, like it says in the third chapter of Proverbs,” Holston says in the article. “My goal wasn't to get all this money. When I went over to Seattle last week, I had no idea I was going to make all this money.”
In total, Holston made $35,000 in four days and said he plans to give $7,000 of that to God through his local church and other Christian organizations. He also plans to spend some of it on new equipment for his landscaping and snow removal company and then save the rest for when it comes time to buy his first home.