In a bit of a pickle. Need help finding business in January.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by House Wyant Lawns, Jan 11, 2019.

  1. House Wyant Lawns

    House Wyant Lawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Hi everyone, been lurking for quite a while but have the need for some help now.

    I've been working for 'that' treatment company for 5 years. My wife and I started mowing and landscaping on the side in August. Come November I put in my resignation for February to pursue this full time. The problem is they forced me to resign the last week of December. We kept busy doing leaf work up through the holidays but now have hit an income snag as we have run out of leaf work and cant seem to drum up more.

    We have been advertising on facebook and I have been door knocking. (not today as its a rain day)

    I think everything will work out as I have a couple install projects coming up over the next couple weeks if I can get them to move forward. Also I have another landscaper that needs some help but our meeting keeps getting bumped for one reason or another.

    What do you do to motivate a client to move forward or what other quick services do you provide in January to cover the seasonal gap before the maintenance season begins?
  2. rclawn

    rclawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 698

    Diversify your services offered. Leaf removal, minor tree trimming/ removal, topsoil/ mulch/ rock installation and tear outs are good this time of year. If it snows there, you could offer snow removal as well
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  3. hal

    hal LawnSite Senior Member
    from Georgia
    Messages: 779

    Depends on your location, but now is the time for deep pruning, rose care and perennial care (here at least). Look to get into some gardening, bed clean ups and what not.
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  4. That Guy Gary

    That Guy Gary LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,249

    I'm sure you've learned by now but for anyone else reading, don't give an employer several months notice as a laborer. Unless your facing jail time don't let someone convince you to resign either. If they want you gone make em fire you and collect your unemployment. Ya really don't want to say before the slow season starts you'll be gone when it's over, that's a huge target on your back right there.

    The best way I know to convince someone who's serious about a project to get it going is convince them I won't be available forever. Season's about to start, gonna be too busy mowing here to do this unless you want to wait until next Winter. Doesn't have to be true.

    When the weather permits we do prep work for big projects in the off season, mainly removing landscaping in prep to install something else in the Spring.

    Posting where you are can help, off season has a lot of different definitions depending on where you are.
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    GRANTSKI LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,602

    Not for me because of my back but : Basement & Attic Clean outs / Junk removal.
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  6. LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,241

    Looks like your in Arkansas so snow removal is out.
    Pressure washing decks, concrete, etc.
    Gutter cleaning, window washing.
    Escort services ;)
  7. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,602

    yea i was going to say, never tell them what youre thinking, because what youre thinking could end up not happening and you need the job still.

    In two months time, you could have gotten a "Big promotion" or your wife could have gotten in a car accident or come down with creeping death and you really need the employer provided insurance...but youve already put in your resignation....

    two weeks is customary and most employees dont give that.

    I mean I hate it when employees disappear on you and imt he first guy to complain about it, but if the company was going to fire you how much advance notice or severance pay do you commonly get??

    whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

    I think trugreen gave me a months severance when I put in my resignation, they didnt want me "hanging around" , its their company policy to let you go once youve put in your notice.

    I think ive gotten severance from one other company ive worked for...ever.
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  8. Doc8406

    Doc8406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    :nono:Thinking you're a lawn care gigolo wearing a grass skirt!:nono:
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  9. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,167

    And be sure to have a big "early-bird sale" pay by the year, and get the first application half-price--you are licensed to spray--right?
    Plant perennials? Tulip bulbs?
    Ornamental grasses? Shrubbery? Azalea?
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  10. walkinonwater27

    walkinonwater27 LawnSite Senior Member
    from ct
    Messages: 351

    Your just starting out, don’t be afraid to work for someone else when things get slow, I did on and off for the first few years and still do now. I still do tree work and shovel for other guys. It’s not much money but it’s consistent in a slower period.
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