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What do you do in the winter?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Schooldaddy, Jun 14, 2003.

  1. Schooldaddy

    Schooldaddy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    I have one major concern about getting into the business; how to survive during the winter. From what I've read, most people on this site do their last cut in November and then start back up in March. What do you do to make a living during the winter? I live on the Gulf Coast, so, obviously, we can't plow snow. Anyone have any helpful suggestions?
  2. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    I try to get as many customers as I can to pay me once a month, same amount, all year. So.....$30.00 yard, cut 36 times/year. $30.00 x 36cuts, = $1080.00. $1080.00 divided by 12 months is $90.00/month. So, in the winter, I sit back, work my 12 -15, sometimes 20 hours a week, and watch the money keep coming in.
  3. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    And sleep............
  4. wriken

    wriken LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,154

    Participate in ice oval snowmobile racing, cant wait.:)
  5. kels

    kels LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    leaf clean-up and removal
  6. Rex Mann

    Rex Mann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 621

    We work year round in Phoenix:cool:


  7. Darwin

    Darwin LawnSite Member
    Messages: 101

    One of my commercial accounts gives us extra work in the winter..................carpentry, painting, and other assorted odd jobs............

    When I'm not doin that I'm ..................Travelin'
  8. lbmd1

    lbmd1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    I decided to finally get out of plowing last year after 7 years of waiting around for snow to fall and servicing 70 accounts by myself. I was lucky to have a fellow LCO who drove for an oil company delivering oil. So they helped me get my CDL license and now I drive for them from Dec 1st through April 1st. It's a win win situation for all. They need seasonal drivers when their season gets busy and they don't have to pay benefits either. i get great pay for my slow season. Don't know if there is somethiing like that down there for you seeing the climate.

  9. Georgiehopper

    Georgiehopper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    We try to work year round with the landscaping and patios. But we save a certain amount of money from each job so that we have a cushion to help us coast through the down times.
  10. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Messages: 10,812



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