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Old 01-04-2014, 11:22 PM
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Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Amarillo, Tx
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This year is kinda up in the air for me. Usually I have a house to remodel as my dad has rental property, but so far he has nothing for me this year so I'm depending on other work.

I usually get quite a bit of fence work since I stain, seal, repair, and build them. So far I've sealed one and put a few bids in on building them but haven't gotten any bites. I'm not very competitively priced so if I do get those jobs its because my clients know me and trust me.

Irrigation has kept me busy as well. Surprisingly I've replaced two leaky valves so far this off season. I have another on Monday (which is supposed to be a high of 37-brrrrr). It's a bad deal that people are having these problems but if it keeps me busy I'll take it. (I am licensed - just thought I'd throw that out to avoid criticism)

Also I'm just now finishing up taking down Xmas lights. I've got my last client to get down tomorrow. It's a big one with 6 wrapped trees and a two story house so it should net me a couple hundred.

I've got a few landscape lighting bids out right now so I should get at least one of those soon.

I'm taking a little bit of random work that's out of my wheelhouse. I helped the guy from the shop next door to mine tonight. He has a mobile pressure washing company. We washed 37 FedEx trucks tonight.

And I also do the usual stuff everyone else said. Remove snow if it snows. We just use snow blowers and shovels. It doesn't snow enough in Northwest Texas for me to justifiy a plow. I've got some clients that will need periodic leaf cleanings as well. Also, I'll be fixing equipment and tinkering around the shop.

I usually have a guy or two to work with me now but since it's been scarce I've been hogging all the work for myself. I hopefully won't end up having to build a whole new crew from scratch next year, but then again that might not be a bad idea. I employ around 5 people during the year and it's a little hard to train a lot of people quickly when spring hits like a brick wall.

Last but not least I have two things I want to do this winter to educate myself. #1 Learn how to weld better. My welding is poor at best but I do have a cheapo welder to learn with I just need to spend some time learning to do it well. #2 Learn plant types and requirements better. I went to school for business which means I don't have as much formal training in horticulture as I'd like. I plan to look up plant types for my area and their requirements. Then, put them on flashcards to learn what they look like and where they grow best with what amount of water.
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