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What do you do during the winter?

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by WANNAFARM2, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. chefj

    chefj LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    Yeah I figured the capital investment wouldn't be small. I just bought the 2 books for the ornamental and turf/general standards test. To become licensed. It may be a few months before I make the leap into chemical treating.
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  2. godjwood

    godjwood LawnSite Member
    from RI
    Messages: 137

  3. Chris_NC06

    Chris_NC06 LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Sanford, NC
    Messages: 6,826

    I'm a gigolo during the off season.
  4. GaryBK

    GaryBK LawnSite Senior Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 274

    In 3 weeks we go to Hawaii for 3 weeks. Have another week of work. End of season can't come too soon.
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  5. PLW

    PLW LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Try to not contract EBOLA jaja

    I have a few things i'm going to do this season. I just sent payment for my Landscape Hort book so that I can read and then take the test to be certified for landscaping gigs. Also I plan on getting my Applicators License in 2015 and branch off into the Turf Management side of the business. One of my major goals that I will be hitting next year is accepting CC only and (I know that most of the people on this site will not agree with me on that) but CASH FLOW IS KING. Although all of my customers pay on time and that's not a problem with me, but I send out the invoice on the first cut of the month and sometimes I get the money a week later and sometimes just before the month is up. My plan is to grandfather all of those existing accounts and accept payment like that have been paying and instead only with the new accounts I get from my Marketing Campaign will be CC only and will be charged the day after service, i'm sure most are thinking but PLW what about landscaping jobs well I will have my customer pay a deposit down (non refundable) incase something goes wrong with their card and wont start service until that deposit has been paid. Oh but what about fees you might ask??? Have no fear as I have calculated that for you all. My CC fees will be 2.15% plus .15 cents per trans. Instead of looking at it like OMG I'M LOSING MONEY look at it like this. If I were to accept a check on a landscaping job that was completed on Sunday (or Monday if you don't work weekends) because you were rained out and lets say that the job was about $3,500.00. I would accept payment after job is complete (of course) then I would either 1) Wait and that that check to the bank with all my other checks that needed to be deposited (could be every Friday you do this). 2) Drop what i'm doing at the time and quickly deposit that check into my account before the bank closes. 3) Take picture of check with bank app and deposit it that way. By this time it's Friday of the following week and you deposit the check. Funds might not be available till that Monday as it takes time for it to go into your account. Meanwhile if i were to accept CC I would have that job done on Sunday
    then on that Monday or Sunday night run their CC and have the money minus the CC fee in my account next day no questions asked and have CASH FLOW till that following Friday unlike if I didn't accept CC.

    So...I have a marketing campaign that i'm currently working on as we speak and making flyers and finding the right areas. So far I have 9 or 10 neighborhoods that i'm going to market to this year using my new business model. So my plan is to get at least 40 new accounts by putting out at bare minimum 1,000 flyers although I do plan on hitting each target area about 5-6 times during spring time. Although I have my hopes set low, I feel like it's a very easy goal to get as people say that you get 1% on return which might happen but i'm figuring less than 1% on my returns. Why you might ask why i'm figuring less than 1%???? Simply because i'm not in the same market like all these other Business Owners. However, once I get 40 accounts I will not stop there I will keep on going till I have enough accounts to hire an additional guy to then make it a 3 man crew. Once I am running the 3 man crew for about a month or so I will either have one of my 2 helpers take my spot and be in charge of running the routes or hire a person to take my place. If i yield less than 40 accounts I will be highly upset as I have put everything I had into this as far as preparation since I already have my Flyers made but if I do get more than 40 I will look at it as a bonus so call me crazy as I don't care what people think of me. I'm an Entrepreneur and won't give up until I get to where I want my business to be.
  6. ozarkbilly

    ozarkbilly LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    I do all the production work for a company that a buddy of mine owns called Power Plucker http://stores.powerplucker.com/ or also available on Amazon & Ebay (shameless plug). A drill powered chicken plucker....sounds silly, I fully realize that. He had six-figure sales $$ last year and is projecting at least a 15% increase in sales for 2014. We've shipped the things all over the US and to 40+ other countries and counting. We're going to work on landing some retail accounts over the winter and hoping to continue to expand it. We call the shop & shipping area Pluck Dynasty :usflag:

    Also working on expanding & streamlining Cerakote gun finishing. Next year will be one that will hopefully find me passing most of the day to day lawn care work in the field off to an employee (or two) and bringing some of these other pursuits more to life.
  7. PLW

    PLW LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Poor chicken
  8. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,253

    Traveling is great if you can.
    This year I want to learn to work on small engines- mowers, weed eaters, blowers. very useful
    I also want to learn to cook / prepare raw food dishes. Another essential skill. I may take a side job that actually pays well also. Will do some snow too if we get it. Tree work, stone work also!

    Of course you can never prepare too much. Get all your flyers printed, delivery routes mapped out, uniforms made, equipment serviced and ready to go, contacts made, letters mailed...... ETC.
  9. lopealle

    lopealle LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    Well being that I'm starting large in the game. For the off time I will focusing on school. I'm working on my degree in Network Security. As far as equipment goes I will be getting everything ready for next season. I would like to paint the inside of my taller during the down time too.
  10. lawnsaspire

    lawnsaspire LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,686

    I eat petrified milk duds all winter.
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