View Full Version : Winter Blues
01-24-2001, 07:04 PM
I'm getting sick of winter already-
In Delaware we hardly get snow to push and half the time we get an inch or two and it sits on the ground forever- preventing from yard work.
What do you guys do in the winter- besides work on websites
I'm thinking of starting up something to increse my income in the winter- I thought of fire wood and may start it next year to keep my one full time employee busy. It dosent even have to be lawn maintenece related.
I make good money in the summer, but I guess I'm a work-aholic. I coach a Jr. High wrestling team but will be ending the season next week.
01-24-2001, 07:19 PM
We do plumbing and lite carpentry to occupy the doldrums.
01-24-2001, 07:31 PM
I know what you mean, I sell and split firewood. I ts good money and it keeps me in shape. Also I help out at a horse farm ( draging feilds and replacing old fencing ect ect.) and that also is decent money too.So needless to say Im always keeping busy.
01-24-2001, 07:47 PM
Homework from school helps, but I must say, thank GOODNESS we have Lawnsite to atleast keep us in touch with, and help us relate to the industry.:)
01-24-2001, 07:54 PM
Tom, It's called S.A.D.- that stands for Seasonal Affect Disorder. Its almost like a mild depression caused by lack of sun light. They make light bulbs (pricey) that mimic sun light to counter affect the depression.
01-24-2001, 08:08 PM
I hear ya. I am in Massachusetts, and dont do any plowing, but sell a small amount of firewood. I keep somewhat busy with college classes and coaching at my boxing gym, but other than that I miss work.
01-24-2001, 10:05 PM
With the hours I spend here reading if I bought one of those lights and mounted it over my computer it would equal living in Hawaii and I would be ready for Spring.
01-24-2001, 10:12 PM
cabin fever here too. Have been doing a few carpentry jobs and have been exercising with weights a few times a week.
01-24-2001, 10:18 PM
I have maint contracts for the publi storages in town,not glameres work i spend alot of time changing light bulbs fixing doors and other maint type jobs.I also deliver funiture with my box van on the wet snowing days.Idon't make a killing but keeps a few bucks rolling in
01-24-2001, 10:32 PM
I've been pretty fortunate this year, I've landed several landscaping jobs that have kept me busy..When I'm not doing that, I'm getting ready for the next mowing season::sending out letters, looking at jobs, maint. on mowers, and just getting organized..When I'm really slow, I do drywall work..Derrick
01-24-2001, 10:38 PM
We don't have as cold a winter here in VA as some of you guys up north. I've had several calls for cleanups, and a couple of them have been massive. I've been pretty lucky so far this year. Last year I delivered pizza. In years past, I've worked for an HVAC contractor, a plumber, an electrician, a welder, and an engineering firm. Just be up front with most of these people about a temporary job.
I am way too hyper to sit around. I have managed to get most of my equipment cleaned and checked out and some things done on my "honey-do" list. If you aren't hurting for cash, take a vacation, or work on your house. I love the time off work, I just hate the cold. BRRRR!
BTW, I also put a flyer out for 10% off for pre-paid mulch and fertilizer orders. Have had a good response, and can get a better idea of how much to buy for the season.
Continuing my studying in the field of Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota keeps my "off" season very busy. I'm also a member of the MN Gopher's Swimming and Diving team. Between practicing and competing across the country, my free time is very little. Lawnsite.com takes up the rest of my time:)
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01-24-2001, 11:00 PM
I'm in southern Indiana and I find this time relaxing. Sleep until 7 am and take my time get ready for the day. However have you guys got those trimmers, blowers, hedgeclippers and mowers tuned up and ready to go at a moments notice. Are all your trailer light working. This is the time of the year we work on equipment. One dump truck painted. One pickup bed painted. the 4x4 snow pusher is getting ready to get painted. One mower painted and one more to do. It sounds like I'm spending money instead of making money but I believe it will make me big money come April. I'll be out there with ready equipment and all look as good as we can make it.
01-25-2001, 03:11 AM
I'd like the chance to relax! We are busier in the winter than we are in summer. During the summer were lucky if we have the time do anything besides mowing, and those days are long as well.
01-25-2001, 03:38 AM
TAX TIME and two kids to watch all day! This time of year is never blue.
01-25-2001, 06:31 AM
Esby, you go, man!! My wife is a pulp&paper/chemical engineer.(2 degrees NC State) The chemical engineering is a monster and it is absolutely one of the hardest things you can take in college.(me, I cut grass)Good luck with that
and "Danielson, stay focus"
PS When you get your degree and start making the big bucks, think of all us hardworking slobs here.
01-25-2001, 09:01 AM
Not speaking from experience of course but I personally like the idea of Male Escort and Stud service. It would be tough advertising because door hangers and flyers don't reach the right customers.
Your right it is winter and I just got slapped in the back of the head from my wife when she read this over my sholder. Oh well back to dreaming!!!
Spring is coming.
01-25-2001, 09:15 AM
I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one with such an "understanding" woman by my side when I need her ,,, LOL
01-25-2001, 11:37 AM
"Not speaking from experience of course but I personally like the idea of Male Escort and Stud service. It would be tough advertising because door hangers and flyers don't reach the right customers."
They wouldnt be called door hangers, but __________ hangers (fill in the blank).
If you think that would be a glamorous and fun job, re-think next time you look at Grandma. I doubt the clientele you imagine would really need to pay now would they???
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