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Old 09-04-2012, 06:18 PM
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Winter $income?

Hi, im looking into buying a 48 - 54 zero turn, leaf vacuum, weed eaters, edgers, blowers etc. My question is since I live in central virginia and there are 2-3 months of cold weather and no lawn mowing how does one keep a steady income during those months? Do most guys just survive getting up leaves or snow blowing driveways? I dont wanna jump into commercial mowing and then realize I cant make any money in the winter.
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:51 PM
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Snow is tricky. Last year I went out once did 4 driveways.

Year before 10 times. 4 times I had a full days work cleaning up.

So for me snow is bonus money that you can't count on.

Some people to christmas decorations, I won't.

I'll do some handy man work.

Thing is you need to work 10 hr days warm 6 months of the year to help carry your through the cold 6 months
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Old 09-04-2012, 06:55 PM
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Its really hard to find work in the winter, its a killer for me. Fortinuately its been busy this summer so that helps.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:00 PM
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Plowing snow is tricky! Last year I went out twice to plow snow. You never know how winter is going to turn out, you can only pray that your area get alot of snow. But when it does snow you can make a lot of money!
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:07 PM
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Save up enough money to get yourself through the winter without snow. Mix seasonal contracts with per push contracts so if it doesn't snow you still have income but if it snows a lot you make good money. It's not that hard once you build enough clientele. Getting to that point can be difficult.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:11 PM
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On a personal note. I pay all and I do mean all my utility bills including the phone for one year by July 4th each year. I find the highest utility bill over the last year and multiply it by twelve and pay it no matter how bad I want to buy the next big thing that will help my business.
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Old 12-08-2012, 10:27 AM
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i don't know about doing that... it would be nice to not have to worry about the utility bills every month, but once you give them money and there is some kind of mistake on the bill i'd fear even more of a headache trying to get the money credited back. i just make sure that all my insurances are paid out in advance such as commercial auto, personal policy for my wifes car, liability insurance.. etc.. to avoid those installment fees and not to have to worry about another monthly bill.

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On a personal note. I pay all and I do mean all my utility bills including the phone for one year by July 4th each year. I find the highest utility bill over the last year and multiply it by twelve and pay it no matter how bad I want to buy the next big thing that will help my business.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:42 AM
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Winter projects, and this one takes a little bit of doing because most people are not in the right frame of mind for it but ask around because you'd be surprised how many people have a broken down lawn mower or the like... The trick here is to convince them to get it fixed in January-February instead of waiting until spring like everybody else because come spring the repair shops are stock full and swamped with work it can take 3 weeks to get a lawn mower fixed but worse still is in spring you need your mower like yesterday!

Money wise, it's all right due to it's not my regular thing and I'm working on machines I'm not intimately familiar with so I sure won't get rich anytime soon, the parts take longer to find, the machine takes more doing to fix, everything seems to take longer.
But that's fine by me, at least it keeps me busy.

If you work on your own such as I do it's not that far out to work on someone else's, does take some practice and the parts, you need to watch how you do that so you don't pay too much but you have more than three days time on your side so that helps and then don't charge them more than a repair shop would...

Usually, for the same price a repair shop would charge, I pick up the unit from them, fix it AND deliver it back, they really seem to like that, sometimes I even can do it for less than a repair shop or else I clean the whole mower make it look new or some other kind of bone I like to throw in there.

Just make sure you get into it and find out, if you can't fix it, you need to fess up and let them know so they can make alternate arrangements, don't hold on to their unit for more than a few days without you getting into it and finding out, can you take care of it, you know, a week at the most, don't hold on to it and then come spring oh crap lol.

Anyway...

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Old 12-18-2012, 10:50 AM
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8. Another service you can offer is tool sharpening. Set up a portable rig, and offer to clean and sharpen all of their tools. If you are set up right, you can do their scissors and kitchen knives too.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:47 PM
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8. Another service you can offer is tool sharpening. Set up a portable rig, and offer to clean and sharpen all of their tools. If you are set up right, you can do their scissors and kitchen knives too.
My guys aren't allowed to play with sharp objects
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