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Old 12-09-2013, 10:27 AM
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Well, crap

Many here post about winter income.
For me, i simply pay myself salary so I make the same all year. So it is not the money. It's what to do? I have about 5 days of landscaping work left. Then I'll work on my business plan for 2014, taxes, vendors, etc.

But in the deep of january, what do you do?
I can't sit and do nothing. I feel depressed. Maybe a part time job? Just for the sake of boredom? My wife is working full time. I just don't know what to do with myself
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:50 AM
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Here in Nashville I will never run out of work through winter only trouble is the weather lately. You should have no trouble getting crapes to trim for your customers or landscape jobs to do I am worried will not finish all before march mowing begins. This weather this year is crappy I still have leaf jobs to clean up.
Just trying to encourage you because I know winter blues come quick I can get them in just a few days.
We are lucky that we work in large market. Since your local we could possible work on something together.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:24 AM
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Here in Nashville I will never run out of work through winter only trouble is the weather lately. You should have no trouble getting crapes to trim for your customers or landscape jobs to do I am worried will not finish all before march mowing begins. This weather this year is crappy I still have leaf jobs to clean up.
Just trying to encourage you because I know winter blues come quick I can get them in just a few days.
We are lucky that we work in large market. Since your local we could possible work on something together.
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Man, where are you based out of? I am blessed to work I. A pretty full market down here in Franklin.

PM me, we can have lunch sometime
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:27 PM
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I have a few leaf jobs to do yet but alas, the snows came not enough to plow or anything but just enough to halt work!
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:55 PM
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If i work 50 to 60 hours a week during the busy season ,i want the winters off besides doing snow removal . It gives me a change to do things around the house and service the equipment and trucks ...
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:04 PM
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Many here post about winter income.
For me, i simply pay myself salary so I make the same all year. So it is not the money. It's what to do? I have about 5 days of landscaping work left. Then I'll work on my business plan for 2014, taxes, vendors, etc.

But in the deep of january, what do you do?
I can't sit and do nothing. I feel depressed. Maybe a part time job? Just for the sake of boredom? My wife is working full time. I just don't know what to do with myself
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If you made your goal income wise for the season, and your draw is decent, shoot don't feel guilty go book a vaca and enjoy it. Once you work for yourself and earn some serious dough, you can't work a $10/hr job, it just seems so demeaning.

I do know what you mean though about being depressed with the work falling off. I fight actual depression symptoms myself in the off season - doesn't help that it is below freezing here for 4 months and is dark for 2/3's of the day now.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:08 PM
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I will leave the the family and go to florida for a week.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:15 PM
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I have a few leaf jobs to do yet but alas, the snows came not enough to plow or anything but just enough to halt work!
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Dealing with the same thing here in KC. Grass is covered in ice and 1/4 inch of snow and the high today was 12 degrees.
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Old 12-09-2013, 11:32 PM
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Yea It isnt a money thing. and there is only so much shop work a guy can do.

I may buy and sell things. maybe paint furniture. fix old string trimmers off craigslist.
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Old 12-14-2013, 01:12 AM
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I, and my two employees, take off December thru March. Love it. Enjoy it. Embrace it.
Things to stay busy:
Vacation
Projects around the house that we don't get to during the busy months
Extra honey-do's
Cook, eat, drink, be merry
Hike with the dog while the Mrs. is at work
Update business plan
Network with other companies and suppliers - I work with 6-8 other companies that provide the same services we do, and we send work back and forth instead of busting each others chops all the time
Research better plans/rates for phones, insurance, supplies
Attend seminars, tradeshows and classes
Plenty to do to stay busy
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