Winter job idea

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by stevenf, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    I have been working at a furniture repair shop for tha past few months and doing lawn work on the side. It recently just hit me that there is LOTS of money in refinishing furniture. If your comfortable with offering refinishing services to induviduals, There is an easy $400-$600.00 for average sized table!
    Another women I know, drives around every wednesday night (garbage night) and gos to garage sales every saturday morning. She finds really cheap furniture and refinishes it, repairs it, repaints it, and she makes a really nice return on them.

    Just something I had on my mind and will be giving a shot. There is a big demand for it all over the place and very good money and doesnt require lots to get started.
  2. capetan

    capetan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 226

    not bad, i guess you just have to find the right market or be in the right market ? good luck, sounds like a good second job
  3. grassnazi1

    grassnazi1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 73

    I have always been fond of buying lawn mowers and fixing them up and re selling them on craigslist. Worked out well this summer and already unloaded all my snoblowers too. So far, its seems to be working out pretty well, just a thought for when your driving down the road and see a lawnmower out at the curb, doesnt usually take much to get them going, and PS: Thats always the first house i drop a flyer off too! :)
  4. dougmartin2003

    dougmartin2003 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 337

    hey grassnazi thats what i do. every year are town has a spring clean up where people can throw out there old appliances and what not out to the curb and the city comes and picks it up. i usually find about 5 -6 mowers every year i get for free and fix up and resell.
  5. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    Good idea, I have three mowers behind my house now that came from other peoples garbage that I never fixed lol.

    Anyone else have a unique idea for winter work that doenst include the basic leaf, gutter cleaning?
  6. Wells

    Wells LawnSite Member
    from SLC UT
    Messages: 0

    Several years ago we started offering a service to paint college logos on peoples lawns. The logos are about 5ft wide by 5ft high and the paint we use is the same paint the utility companies use to mark their service lines, it lasts about 3 weeks before fading out and doesn't harm the grasses. During college football season we are always droping logos but it gets really busy around rivalry week.
  7. haybaler

    haybaler LawnSite Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 511

    about 25% of my customers have mowers sitting in there garage/barn. maybe I should offer to buy them.
  8. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    Ive noticed that to. I actually cut grass for someone who owns a landscape business. Just doesnt feel like cutting his ownyard I guess.
  9. WJW Lawn

    WJW Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,330

    What about Interior painting? Anybody do that?
  10. huskres

    huskres LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 283

    How about going to be a temp at UPS for there peak season. They are always looking for them. Especially if your part time and you stay on you get benefits.

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