Enough $ made in the summer to chill

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Nelson, Aug 13, 2002.

  1. Nelson

    Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278


    I was wondering if some of U guys & gals make enough
    money in the summer to take Winter off? I think that is
    soooooooooooo cool, if anybody is able to do that?

    Not asking for any figures or any revunue per summer
    months...just a question that came 2 mind? It's just
    nice 2 know....that someone can do this.....and still
    make a living just working in the growing months....

    One day...One Sweet day......... :cool:
  2. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,810

    I didn't work this past winter.. but I wouldn't say I made enough money either.. as I just squeaked by.

    This year will be much better.. but I will find something part time to keep me busy. Maybe some plowing.. God willing.
  3. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I don't usually work from Dec 20 until Feb. My vacation time.
  4. KDJ

    KDJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Here in Central Florida we don't take the winter off. It may slow a little but thats it.
  5. Yes
    I take Dec and Jan off
  6. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    We work whatever work needs to be done to finish up in November. Usually there is not too much to do. Then we have Dec., Jan.,Feb., and at least half of March off to do what we want.

    We have never worked in the off season even our first year in the business. That first year was tight because we had just bought our home so we didn't have any money for any fun extras.
    Each winter we are better off than the last one.

    The one thing we do though is work on strategizing. We get all our paperwork and ideas together. Make up new newsletters, update all customer accounts deciding if we want to retain them for the upcoming season, send out any cancellation letters, etc.

    After working all season, the last thing we would want to have to do is work in the off season. That's one reason why we enjoy this type of work. By March though, we are itching for the new season to start. :)
  7. AGG Lawn Maintenance

    AGG Lawn Maintenance LawnSite Senior Member
    from Elberon
    Messages: 422

    I work until the end of December. I take of Jan-Feb. In the winter months I work on all the machines and trucks. I also work on ways to improve systems/services. That is the major factor in increasing my profits each year. I find myself spending alot more time on Lawnsite.com :D Travis
  8. Nelson

    Nelson LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 278

    Thanks Ladies & Gentelman,

    I was just wondering how it worked out? I also take it
    that it takes a few years in Biz 2 accomplish this correct?

    My 1st year really.......& unfortunatly I can not indulge
    in this yet.......maybe a part time job in winter......but
    maybe this will be my last year I will have 2 find a part
    time job...2 make ends meet?:p
  9. Brickman

    Brickman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,249

    I couldn't make enough in the summer to take the winter off. I always ended up doing what ever I could find to make money. Season here does not start good until April some times really late April, and ends mowing the first of Oct. Then there are sprinkler blow outs to do until that runs out, usually the first of Nov. 4 or 5 months of no income was impossible for me. Year around income was some thing I considered when I sold the lawn care biz, I now have a house payment, and could see no way to make that and continue the way things had been since 1996. There usually is not enough snow removal to count on any kind of good income from that.
  10. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,544

    Not much work Jan & Feb here. But doesn't mean I don't work. I inventory and fix/ replace equipment and vehicles, do taxes, etc.

    Also plow snow if it snows. Actually, stay pretty busy, always something to do.


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