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make enough during summer?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Vibe Ray, May 29, 2002.

  1. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    Hey guys....I know things like this have been posted so many times, but I just wanna ask one question and you could just give one simple yes or no answer if you like and I'd be happy:

    How many here actually make enough to not have to work at all during the winter and also support a family? If so, does your spouse work or not? Do you have to be catious w/ the money or not to achieve this? I am only curious....this is not my plan of action ( I plan on working in the winter as well), nor do I want to know any numbers ($$$) or specifics. And let's not mention or worry about the fact that location is a big variable, because I know it is, there's no way around that. Merely a curiousity question.
  2. Mykster

    Mykster LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 668

    No, wish I did.
  3. Grasshog

    Grasshog LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 270

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  4. strickdad

    strickdad LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    we do, but only because of several year round contracts. the wife ? she is a fulltime landscaper also.
  5. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,700

    My wife works year-round and no, I don't have to work in the winter.
  6. My wife works at home. I figure she improves our lifestyle more at home than she could at a work-a-day job. We don't eat instant potatoes etc. Plus she painted the shop this summer. She's also the accountant for the business.

    I used to work winters, HVAC service or peddle freight for R&L Carriers. I figured out I was wasting my time when I could make in a day mowing than what someone would pay me for a weeks labor.
    I work in the winter, just now it's for the mowing business. I repair, repaint equipment. Do off season projects for customers like install landscape stone, core aerate & topdress. I do these other projects at a steeply discounted rate just to lock me in with that customer. I make my money in the summer, mowing grass. Memorial day was my first day off in two months. And what did I do? Cut my own lawn! :D

  7. HOMER

    HOMER LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,183

    No, year round accounts spread it too thin. Gave up a lot of "per cut" accounts to concentrate on the annuals.......so.....cash flow decreased. If I were really handy with a dollar then I probably could get by.......but I ain't.........so I couldn't.

    Too much debt:mad:

    Oh, I'm sorry, you only wanted one word.

  8. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    not even close

    LAWNS AND MOWER LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,129

    No. Need an excuse to get out of the house and away from the misses for a while in the winter.

  10. Dennis E.

    Dennis E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 349

    I make the same during the dormant months as I do in the summer. CONTRACT!!
    Hit our customers once or twice a month from Oct. thru May. Weekly otherwise.
    PLENTY of time off for me!:D :D
    I call it a retainer fee!

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