Resourceful Teen Makes $35k in 4 Days Plowing Snow

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Seattle has had the snowiest February in 70 years, where snowfall accumulations exceeded 10 inches in some areas of the city. But one enterprising teen didn’t just see snow-covered roads; he saw an opportunity. David Holston, who hails from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, was visiting his mother in a Seattle hospital and decided to bring his snowplow along for the journey.

“I was in the hospital when my friend Steve called me and gave me the idea of bringing my plow truck to Seattle,” said 18-year-old Holston, according to a report by CNN.

The following day, Holston set up an ad on Craigslist offering his snowplowing services in the Seattle area. When a $1,000 job offer rolled in, he decided that it was worthwhile to drive his plow-truck into Washington when he came back to the city for his mother’s birthday.

“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,” said Holston.

Holston kept receiving calls, and ultimately plowed 15 sites over the course of four days. With his rate set at $500 to $750 an hour, he earned an astonishing $35,000 in less than a week.

He intends to donate 20 percent of his earnings to his church as well as purchase some lawn equipment since he works as a landscaper. The remainder will be placed in savings to help him buy his first home.

While having access to a snowplow and other snow removal equipment played a big role in Holston’s success, he also credits his faith for his lucrative venture. The Bible verse that he set as his theme for the trip was Luke 12:31: “But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”

Holston added, “The Lord blessed me with the money for the sole purpose of advancing his kingdom. All of the glory goes to God!”