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Done winterizing. Now what?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by DanaMac, Nov 18, 2003.

  1. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,187

    Well now that blowouts are done I need to find something to do. Parttime, needs to be somewhat flexible. The guys I normally do some interior trim carpentry work with during the winter don't have enough work right now for me. Was thing about trying at UPS or FedEx for seasonal work through the end of the year.

    What do you irrigation guys do (besides plow snow) during the winter? I know some areas can continue working, but the colder climate companies tend to have some off time. I know greenworld plows snow, but anything else? Sprinklerguy gets to runs his AZ business from CO. Maybe I'll sit around and get fat and jolly for the holidays. Hey maybe I can be a Santa for the holidays!
     
  2. greenworldh20

    greenworldh20 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 659

    well, i will let y'all in on my secret...

    i am developing a program to keep all labor paid through the winter with out having to get tedious jobs.

    you see, john allin (snow management group) has a 3% rule. the rule is that he takes 3% from every job and puts that money in a separate account. he uses this money for equipment purchases, retirement...what ever.

    well i am going to use this money to pay the labor during the down season. it won't be a lot but it will be something. coupled with the snow removal business, we should be all right.

    this is just one example. some other contractors do handyman work...seems there is a demand for this type of work in my area.

    what do the rest of ya do to make $$$ during your slow time?
     
  3. Ground Master

    Ground Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 505

    Buy a ski pass to copper mountain.......:)
     
  4. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,020

    buy a ticket to NC and grab a feshing rod and start catching some striped bass from the surf... I have asked some customers to let me do there work during the winter. I the mean time I will be thinking bout 1 thing loading the camper up and driving 5.5 hrs east. And soaking some bait in the cool altanic ocean waiting fer that 30lb fesh to bite my circle hook.
     
  5. JeffY

    JeffY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 324

    I did just that Ground Master, a four day pass for 89 dollars that I'm using Jan 5th through the 9th. Can't wait!
     
  6. Rotor-Man

    Rotor-Man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 126

    Just out of curiousity it seems you all do repair work in Colorado Springs area, do who ever run into each other, or is it that big of a market with that much repair work to be done during the season?
     
  7. SprinklerGuy

    SprinklerGuy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,778

    There are 2 of them......the city isn't huge but it's big enough for these 2...trust me!
     
  8. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,187

    Groundmaster and I haven't met - that we know of. I've met Sprinklerguy at his other business, the fishing pond. Maybe GM and I need to hit Copper Mtn together. Business meeting you know. Get to write off the season pass! OK at least 50% since it would fall under entertainment. I don't have the season pass, I tend to spread out my boarding trips to a few different places.
     
  9. MOlawnman

    MOlawnman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    We're still scheduling installs!
     

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