With the weather blanketing cities with snow, this young entrepreneur helps clear it and thanks God for this opportunity.
The polar vortex may have subsided a bit but in Seattle, the snow was still coming. Buried under approximately 10 inches of snow, it was starting to become a pain for many people. Well, for many except this 18-year-old teen.
David Holston, an entrepreneur who began a landscaping business in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, made more in 4 days than most make in a year, after a trip to Seattle. And how did he do it? Well, by plowing snow off the streets. Fox News shares his story.
It all started when Holston was visiting his mother on her birthday during her post-surgery recovery. Just as he was about to leave, though, he received a tip from his friend who told him that Seattle was about to face a foot of snow - something the city was not prepared for.
“I was in the hospital when my friend Steve called me and gave me the idea of bringing my plow truck to Seattle,” Holston told CNN. Seeing this as a golden opportunity, Holston packed up his truck and plow, drove to the Emerald City and began to work 12 to 15-hour days, some of which started as early as 2 am.
Generally, he charged those in Idaho, $125 per hour. But with this kind of work lined up for him, setting up his services on the Seattle Craigslist, he charged upwards of $500 per hour with the highest being charged $750.
While you may think that this price is a steep one, the folks just wanted to be able to move freely around their homes, so his phone was ringing continuously while he was plowing. “After the (birthday) party, I hit the road with jobs lined up until midnight. All during that time, I was answering my phone and adding new customers to my snow route for Monday,” Holston said.
If it snows like this again next year follow David Holston's lead and spend a week in Seattle. ❄ https://t.co/XteTsTbh8V— Debra Santavicca (@DebraSantavicca) February 21, 2019
He ended up working on areas like the driveways and parking lots of businesses, apartment complexes and more.
With this, the young entrepreneur managed to rake in $35,000 and planned to give $7,000 of that "to God" by donating it to his local church and other Christian organizations. "I plan on tithing 20 percent to advance the kingdom of God, buy mowers for this year's mowing season, and save the rest for buying my first house debt free!"
Holston told Fox News. "I credit all of my success to my savior Jesus Christ who died on a cross to forgive my sins and three days later rose from the dead."
He also credits his work ethic to a Bible verse from the gospels, Luke 12:31; "But seek first the kingdom of God, and all these things will be added unto you." Speaking to CNN, he said, “The Lord blessed me with the money for the sole purpose of advancing his kingdom. All of the glory goes to God!”
When in conversation with KIRO Radio, he said, “My parents taught me to work… you need to get out there and plow your field, make your living." With hopes to gather a small fortune by the end of 2019, this Seattle snow may have just been the headstart he needed. If the Emerald City needs more plowing, Holston is definitely ready to come back. Especially considering he has a business license and insurance for plowing snow in the winter and mowing lawns in the summer.
Holston hopes to make it to $100,000 by the end of 2019. At one-third of the way there in just the second month of the year, he’s off to a great head-start — and another round of Seattle snow would get him even closer. If snow falls over the Emerald City again this year, Holston plans to come back to town. With regards to his business, he said, “This year, I’m hoping to expand my business, hire some brothers, and then go to town, bringing more customers in. We’ll see what the Lord has in store.”
Looks like this teen has it all figured out. Good luck David Holston!