Strapped for cash in the winter

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by hairbearxx, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. hairbearxx

    hairbearxx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 69

    Here it is winter time and I'm needing to make money from here until the spraying season starts again in late February (hopefully late February). Does anybody have any suggestions on making cash in the winter? How do you save up for the winter time, and is there a way to collect unemployment if I am the sole owner?
  2. Landscape Poet

    Landscape Poet LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,638

    Not sure about IN but I doubt that you can collect unemployment if you are self employed.

    There are ways to make money in the winter up there or going into it, is there a reason that you are not plowing? How about Christmas light installs? Leaf clean ups etc. Did you not do any of these?
  3. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
    Messages: 4,814

    Consider taking a part time or full time job during the winter to tide you over until spring.
  4. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Go post a free ad on Craigs List under the Services section-"Labor/Move" & post a hauling away debris ad or a ad in the "wanted" section offering to pick up scrape metal for free. Scrape prices are at an all time high again. You can make good $ hauling away people's debris...yard debris, appliances, lumber, etc. I resell a lot of items I haul away, on Craigs. Plus, I give them my landscaping biz card & get quite a few bush trimming jobs later on.
  5. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Sure you can collect unemployment insurance, as long as you paid in on yourself....kinda self defeating though.

    UPS usually hires seasonal help and pays well. Loading trucks and also tagging along with drivers to help speed deliveries.
  6. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,208

    Is this a trick question?:dizzy:

    You need to bill for your time in your season to cover your off season expenses.
  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    must create a budget and then stick to it
  8. Jerry and Sons

    Jerry and Sons LawnSite Member
    from Pa
    Messages: 249

    Sell your body!:drinkup:
  9. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    Go deliver pizza's.
  10. domain311

    domain311 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 177

    We do contracts early on with a 15% deposit. Not really for the winter, but has helped substantially for when we start back up again with payroll, thing I ever did. We send those out in January. The contracts are not binding where the customer would have to keep our services for an entire year or even a month. It clearly states they can discontinue services at any time if dissatisfied. Its more of an overall agreement of what both parties expect of each other and for us to collect a deposit so we can start the work.

    If out of money now with only just recently stopping, sounds like may be a good idea to better budget the income. When does your season end or when did you work up until?

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