What Do You Guys Do For Cash In The Winter

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by BISHOP, Jan 12, 2002.


    BISHOP LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 28

    This is my first winter without work. I am busy throughout the
    main season but need an income to pay the bills in the winter. I live in Ohio & I don't want to get into snowplowing (heard its alot of hassle for the money)

    Anyone have any side business or ways to bring money in during winter?

    Thanks in advanced for the responses.

    Bishop :alien:
  2. kris

    kris LawnSite Bronze Member
    from nowhere
    Messages: 1,578

    We do snow removal but the way the winters have been going, it hasn't been a great money maker.
    We are going to look into selling firewood after my interest was sparked here reading a post. We may also look into some kind of manufacturing ( perhaps wooden planter boxs ) for inside shop work. We are fortunate to have a great retail spot.
    What we are after is being able to keep people employed for the winter ... Even a break even venture would do.
  3. thelawnguy

    thelawnguy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,411

    I do snow, yes it can be a hassle if you let it, but I worked one day last month, three so far this month, and have no cash flow problems.

    Guess you gotta decide what its worth to you...
  4. John Allin

    John Allin LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,488

    Yeah... snow is a hassle.
    But.... we just buck up and muddle thru....
    Whattayathink ??????

    BISHOP LawnSite Member
    from OHIO
    Messages: 28

    Sooner or later I'll have to get into snowplowing but for the next few years I'll be finishing up my business degree too and winter is when I really focus on college. If I plow It will cut into my classes and I'll never finish school.

    Any other side jobs other than plowing?

  6. SLSNursery

    SLSNursery LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 442

    You can plow and finish school, just pace yourself. I did it.
  7. HBFOXJr

    HBFOXJr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,712

    Why not learn how to structure pricing to earn enough in 9-10 months and not worry about winter.
  8. RYAN

    RYAN LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    I am with KBFoxjr I bought a plow tuck for this winter and have had almost no work to do and had spent much of my winter money on the truck. In the Future I will Budget things so that I am set for winter weather it snows or not. The snow is just too unreliable.
  9. turfman99

    turfman99 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 212

    Like Harold, I make sure all my income and revenue needs are covered in our 9.5 month season and there is enough cash in the bank to pay all bills during the winter. Thats the only way to cover a seasonal business.

    Greetings from Fredrick MD, teaching COMPASS here and off to Memphis tomorrow.
  10. site

    site LawnSite Member
    Messages: 168

    First of all we stretch the season out as late as possible, then start in the spring as early as possible. Second, we plow- and the money is worth the hassle, at least in New Hampshire. We also do simple demolition jobs for a commercial contractor friend. Also, we fix broken equipment, prune, clean gutters, plan for next year, and sleep. We keep our eyes open for opportunities, and when there are none we deal with our own stuff.

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