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other work

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by LAWNGODFATHER, Jun 20, 2001.

  1. does any one do other work in slow times besides lawn and landscape
    in summer
    like sealing
    cleaning pools
    washing cars
    painting fences
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    No, too much on our plate as it is.

    I know some think it looks unprofessional to dabble with other type of misc. jobs, but I feel this way. Everyone's situation is different. If you need some extra cash, you are handy, and do good work, then by all means do what you can. Just be sure to be insured for this other type of work. That is one important thing to consider.
    And no, I don't know how much extra coverage for this type of thing would cost. We never looked into it.
  3. Lawn DOG

    Lawn DOG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 276

    Thought I would try my luck at being an astronaut and if that did not pay enough I might become a proffesional fisherman.
  4. I wanted to do some sealing when it slowed down I alredy have the ins. for it and the customer that are 95% asphalt drives but no time amy do later

    but I wanted to see what you guy's do?
  5. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    I was thinking of selling used cars...LOL
  6. PrimeGreen Lawn

    PrimeGreen Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    I used to teach high school (landscaping and horticulture) before I got into this full time. I have many good contacts with the board of Ed. ( I cut their property), so I substitute teach! Maybe not the highest paying job, but I still love to teach and the kids think I'm really cool. Since there is no contract, I can take off whatever days I want if I need to. Plus whenever it snows, the board of education freaks out around here and closes school.........yeah!, time to plow!

  7. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,354

    part of my service is handyman.the key is to know what not to try.
    as in watch gas lines ,cables powerlines,etc.they can give you a bad day.also insure for that rotten roof etc.
  8. every one in this biz should be muli talented
    we have to fix thing that break fix thing we break at properties

    put those talents to good use moke some money!
  9. Got Grass?

    Got Grass? LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 363

    When times get slow:

    Gutter cleaning.
    Cleaning roofs.
    Power Washing, decks, drives, houses.
    Window Washing.
    re-sealing drives.
    Volenteer w/ neighborhood cleanup projects. good avertising/pr if it makes the news or paper.
    work on your own property.
  10. Stephen

    Stephen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    I am happy to say business has been good so far, so not many slow times to do one thing specifically, but if a customer asks we will do all of the above listed by you guys if we have some free time. We also do maintenance of foreclosed properties for the banks and mortgage companies. We started out cutting the grass and plowing but now we do everything from drive by inspections, to picture inspections, lock changes, winterizations, cleanouts and even evictions complete with several of your finest law enforcement officials to remove the tenants and direct their placement of possessions out on the street. I have a friend who does alot of this and runs several crews and they are occasionally accomponied by the SWAT team.

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