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Planning for Winter

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by echeandia, May 25, 2007.

  1. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    I know summer hasn't even started but it's never to early to plan. I am trying to figure out what to do this winter. I am not set-up to plow and don't plan on doing so. What types of services do you offer in the winter?
  2. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,570

    There is fire wood. If you have a welder do decorative "stuff" gates etc. Some take a repair mowers etc and re sell them.

    Plowing can be pretty lucrative if there is plenty of snow.
  3. Pastaboy62

    Pastaboy62 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 362

    Hang up people's christmas lights. I did that this year and made a lot of money, and its not that much work.
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Ahhhh I always save more than a few g for winter, priority one in spring, still working on this thou. I try to get what I need to survive 3-4 months with no income, more is better but this money I make sure is in the account before I spend any big dollars for the year. I used to do it backwards, buy equipment first etc, but now I save my winter money first, no matter what, pretty much.
  5. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 733

    I was thinking the same thing; what to do this winter to make it through. THis is my first year, so I dont' have enough income to save to make it through without doing something. I shuveled last year and made good when it snowed good. However, I'm sure I could make a lot more and with less effort with a either a plow added to my truck or a blower. But I'm sure I won't have the $1,500-3,000+ it costs to have a plow put on.
  6. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    Residential Snow removal, a good snowblower can run less then $1000.
    Christmas Lighting, great money maker and plenty of work.
    Tree Jobs

    If things really get tight then place an ad for Handyman type work, people always needs things fixed in their homes or around the yard.
  7. green-pa

    green-pa LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 733

    How many lighting jobs do u get? Did u get em mostly from flyers or? And do u let them just decide where to put the lights or do u have to plan it out? Also, do they usually have the lights or do u have to get those also?
    How much do u make/hour? $30+?
  8. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    No advertising, everything is word of mouth.
    We only install C7 & C9 lighting on the house, no trees (to time consuming)
    Everything is custom fit to their exact roof line, and they can decide if they want the front only, front and sides, or whole house.

    We generally purchase the supplies from the wholesale company but we also give them the choice of picking up thier own. We give them the option of any lighting color combination they like (opaque, transparent, blinking, etc).

    Last year I was charging $65 per hour plus marked up supplies and I later found out that I was the lowballer of the season so this year i'll be bumping my labor rate to $85.

    Last year we started installing in late October and was busy every day up till December 12th. Then come first of the year we start removing the lights from the homes and the clients get charged for the removal portion as well.
  9. echeandia

    echeandia LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,131

    How were you able to get custom length strings of light?
  10. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Posts: 0

    You buy your lights in a large spool and cut them to length, then you splice it all together with male & female fittings.

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