First note: Please use commas and periods in your posts, they are a great tool. Second: I think everyone has this problem. I dont think its worth it to go solo. If you can increase your winter services, you are able to decrease the amount of time they are not working. Also there is lots of seasonal work they can get in the winter and you should let them know early how long you will have work for. In this industry, year round work is a luxury for most.