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An Albany man makes money shoveling walkways on Jan. 31, 2011 in Albany, N.Y. (Cindy Schultz / Times Union)

Mark, a self-described Jack of all trades and master of all, carries the tools of his winter trade down Clinton Avenue in Albany. “When I see snow, I make dough,” he proclaimed. An Albany native, Mark said he’s been shoveling snow for money since he was about 8-years old. Today he has ten regular customers, both businesses and residents.

During this most recent snow storm, I met up with Mark while I was looking for winter weather pictures. He planned to shovel twice that day so he didn’t have to do the full snowfall at once. “It’s about working smarter not harder, ” he said. After shoveling the walkway of a hair salon, he set to work clearing off the shop owner’s van. Mark said it was a courtesy he did for no extra charge. He then headed down the street to the next customer’s walkway.

Mark declined to give his last name because he works for cash, and he didn’t want any trouble from the government. “I’m doing the work, not them,” he said. He calls his business “a legit hustle.”

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