Dave, I would love to get 9 months of outdoor lighting in a year... Here we wrap up around Dec. 1st and then start major service around April 15th with installs starting around May 1st.
The first couple of years was really hard... now that I have developed a strong interior lighting biz, things are much better year round. Next goal is to get my distribution arm humming, and to branch into retail. Vertical integration is a strong strategy for growth and sustainability, if you can find the niches.
Have a great day.