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Cold weather brings in cold cash for local biz

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

As the snow piles up, so does the extra work. However, the inconvenience of winter means opportunity for many businesses- or, simply those motivated to earn a little extra money.

Instead of "making it rain," Harvey Custalow's landscaping is "making it snow" after all the extra jobs.

"You hear the ice pinging on your windshield…It sounds like money," said Custalow.

Custalow says this winter, he's plowed in 50 percent more cash, compared to other years.

"I've been out for 42 hours...straight (this year)," continued Custalow, of the long days and nights he puts in plowing during severe weather.

Custalow says each snow storm earns him an extra ten percent in revenue for the entire year. That's much better than a milder cold season. "If it doesn't snow at all, we don't make any money," laughed Custalow.

Several area tow truck companies report service calls are up nearly 30 percent. The nasty roads have caused multitudes of cars to wreck or get stuck.

Richard Lazewski, of Midlothian, is fueling his income by selling extra firewood, off Craigslist. Lazewski has earned several hundred dollars filling up trucks with whole trees, and pre-chopped and seasoned logs.   

"My phone just rang and rang and rang with people wanting firewood...Far more overwhelming that I thought it would be," said Lazweski.

Of course, we can't forget those hardworking kids earning extra pocket money from shoveling driveways and sidewalks.

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