offseason jobs

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by jh88, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. jh88

    jh88 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 25

    I have a question for people who mow full time. I know there is an off seson in mowing and the people who get snow plow it but if your like me and live in the south what do u do. I hear you cut firewood. So i'm gonna try and do this this summer so i can make a little extra money to get all new mowing equipment this spring. My question since i'm new in this is what do u charge a cord or what do u charge by the truckload. Just wondering.
    I'm looking for a set price pretty much for a truckload.

  2. fblandscape

    fblandscape Banned
    Messages: 776

    Price is per cord. There really isn't much money to be made in firewood though. Very labor intensive and the money isn't what it should be for the amount of times you handle the material.
  3. Tbarchaser

    Tbarchaser LawnSite Senior Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 449

    Would you like an apple pie with that?

    Or move to an area with a 12 montth season!
  4. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    I do snow up here, but it hasn't snowed much in the last few years and it's really not that profitable for me. But I do it to keep my customers happy.

    A few years ago I took a 2nd job in the winter to help save for a house. I put out directional signs for new housing on the weekends. It pays incredibly, it takes very little time to do, I get to ride around and listen to the radio, I do it on Fri and Sun evenings, and I don't have to work with anyone. We have since gotten the house, but I keep the job to save for other stuff like retirement, etc. I usually work a total of 40 hours a month for about $1000. Nice.

  5. Gravely_Man

    Gravely_Man LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,075

    I do snow removal, tree work and firewood sales in the winter. The firewood sales are very nice for me as I was originally paid to remove or trim the tree in the first place. I have just cut it up to fireplace size pieces of wood and split it. You should check out for pricing info in your area.

  6. mottster

    mottster LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    I do seasonal decorating. I.E. hang christmas lights, wreaths, deliver christmas trees and set them up where they like. I don't charge a lot for them...just enough that i can buy all my family and friends christmas gifts. I have enough saved up throughout the summer for everything else.

    In the new Walker Talk theres a company who does seasonal decorating, too.
  7. xpnd

    xpnd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 378

    I live in Texas, around Dallas. We have a an eight and half month growing season. I decided 11 years ago if my business failed to make enough money during the 8.5 months I worked to live comfortably during the other 3.5, I would quit the business and go back into the corporate world. The only job I have during the winter is to cash my customers checks at the bank. Are you possibly undervaluing your service thereby charging less than you should? BTW I am not a big LCO, I have one truck, one crew and I work with the crew.
  8. GLAN

    GLAN Banned
    Messages: 1,647

    Same here

    I don't have to work in the winter. Used to travel and play alot of Golf in southern California.

    But I have been doing snow plowing since 1995, adding salting in 1999. Now with doing more commercial accounts their contracts go 12 months.
  9. Joemowz

    Joemowz LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    I plow snow, salt etc . Firewood around here is around $185\cord delivered. My advise is to drive a fuel truck for a local oil co in your area. When the weather warms asked to be laid off. It helps pay the bills. In a few years maybe you can go golfing too! I wish I could. - Joe
  10. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    My guess is that you would need a CDL, right? And be schooled in HazMat too?

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