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Old 01-09-2004, 01:17 PM
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might have to leave the industry

after about 10 yrs in the lawn industry Im worried about having to get out. I live in central Mn and Im having a very hard time making $$ since its so seasonal I get very little unemployment in the winter. It doesnt snow much anymore to do snowremoval , moderate wage and no benifits. I work for a company so you dont make as much and there's alot of competion here to start my own in this town.
I really would like to stay doing what im doing cause its what i like and do best.
anyone have any thoughts about addional income and what I could maybe do to stay in the industry
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Old 01-09-2004, 02:41 PM
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Hopefully things turn around for you.
What I would try to concentrate on is just doing the lawn care. This would free up a lot of winter time to concentrate on something totally different for you to help get some more income. Maybe start a small business making things if you are handy. But something to take a little pressure off of making all of your income just from lawn care.
Try to think of some things you like to do, and post them here, then maybe we can get an idea of something for you to do from those things, and working may not be that bad!

buying and selling on Ebay can be a money maker, if you know what you are buying, and sell accordingly. Just a thought, if there's not much around you.

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Old 01-09-2004, 03:31 PM
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fence installs, landscape installs pond and waterfall installs concrete stamping, I could go on and on
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Old 01-09-2004, 03:43 PM
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Try tree pruning, can do in most weather and best in winter, interior plant maintenance--- office buildings, restaurants, Drs offices, interior painting. Good luck! Hate to see someone that invested ten years give it up!
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Old 01-09-2004, 03:44 PM
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Get your CDL and you can get a job in the winter driving a oil truck. they love landscaper's because they only need you in the winter.
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Old 01-09-2004, 03:58 PM
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A good sideline is power washing.
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Old 01-09-2004, 06:59 PM
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Start your own lighting business. No investment on your part since the customers buy from you but you buy direct at wholesale. Let your boss know you want to stay with him. but need something thru the winter.
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Old 01-09-2004, 07:25 PM
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Find something else you like to do and are good at,and do it in the winter to make more money.
I'm doing commercial flooring installs,tree work etc.
Give it some thought........You'll come up with something.
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Old 01-09-2004, 07:36 PM
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Just like Rich said get you CDL and drive an oil truck My buddy drives for one they hire him full time in the winter with full bene's and a pretty good wage.
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Old 01-09-2004, 07:40 PM
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sorry to here the industry is rough up their. i would take the advice of some others and try and get a little off season work and still be able to cut grass when teh warm months roll around. would be sad to see you bail. especially since you have been in it for 10 years
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