Aside from some of the obvious (making sure if there is a fuel valve it's on, etc), a little starter fluid can do the trick. I would HIGHLY recommend if you get it going, get some SeaFoam and follow instructions and run some through the fuel. It is a stabilizer, but also does wonders on cleaning out carbs. I just bought a snowblower a few weeks back and they guy said it had to be run with the choke on. I did the SeaFoam trick and it runs like a top now.
starting or not, snow blowers are obviously only for people who are vain and psychologically dependent on status. What you need is a good shovel, not a fancy one, mind you. There's no need to put on airs. A basic wood and steel contraption will suffice, preferably unpainted. If you feel your shovel is too nice, just place it in your driveway and back your 1987 Chevy Celebrity over it a few times, until it has achieved the appearance of meagerness. Now you're ready to shovel snow. Pick the biggest snow drift you can find and focus on it first. Only scoop the minimum amount off of the smaller drifts, to make sure that they don't get any bigger. Once that first drift is gone, make yourself a cup of hot cocoa, to celebrate. It will give you encouragement to take on the rest of the drifts. No marshmallow's though. Marshmallows are unnecessary fluff.
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