Unfortunately, snow can be a costly business expense

January 3, 2011

It’s cold, it hampers your commute — and it costs your business money.

New Jersey is beginning to tally up the cost of the snow from the weather the weekend of Christmas, MyCentralJersey.com reports. And it’s not going to be cheap.

Not only does salt for melting ice cost money, but snow removal crews need to be paid — overtime, if necessary, as it was for this past snowstorm. It didn’t help that the snow started on a Sunday and continued on the Monday after Christmas, considered by some to be the observed holiday, the website points out. That means more overtime.

But what else can we do?

With winter comes unpredictable weather, and the chance that the weather will take some time and money to clean up. Like any other business, that has to be figured into the budget. Some years, you get lucky and don’t have to spend a lot on snow removal. Other years, you may have to make cuts in other areas. New Jersey may get a little bit of help that businesses themselves won’t: some federal disaster relief. But that’s yet to be determined, too.

There are a few ways to save money for setting up snow removal, this post suggests — and although the advice is from Denver, it’s still applicable: Get a contract in place before it snows, include all your locations in one contract, and include contingencies. And perhaps their best piece of advice — consider snow removal a cost of doing business. If your employees or customers can’t reach your business, you lose money. If you live and do business in a place where it snows, it’s something you’ll have to deal with eventually.

But hopefully, we won’t have to deal with a snowfall like this past one for a long, long time.

This post is brought to you by the good folks at Dale Carnegie Training of Central & Southern New Jersey. We would love to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter @CarnegieJersey.

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