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winter strategies

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by ercrvs24, Jun 30, 2005.

  1. ercrvs24

    ercrvs24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I am in my first year on my own fulltime. we decided (My wife and I) that it would be good for me to just do this, that way all I had to worry about was my lawn care bus. Well I'm definatley not to the point that I want to be in bus. and we just found out that my wife is pregnant with our first child. Now I don't know what to do, especially in the winter for income. She's a real estate agent (first year) so her income isn't exactly steady either. I know I have to do what ever it takes to support my family, but what do you guys do besides plow, that is a good money maker in the winter? I would like to perhaps sell some christmas trees too, anybody have any info?
  2. Jcs Lawn and Landscape

    Jcs Lawn and Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    split wood and sell it by the cord
  3. ercrvs24

    ercrvs24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    I don't really clear out enough trees that are big enough to use for firewood, how would I get the wood. Plus, man, I've nver dealt with firewood or had a woodburning fireplace, so I don't know how much a cord is. I appreciate the info though. Any additional info?
  4. spcfoor

    spcfoor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 261

    Hang christmas lights.
  5. all ferris

    all ferris LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,309

  6. lawnandplow42

    lawnandplow42 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 508


    drug dealing??

    HOOLIE LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,981

    There's always a demand for delivery jobs, especially if you're willing to use your own vehicle. You do that anyway with your own business, so no big deal. Restaurants, flower shops, medical labs, etc.
  8. ercrvs24

    ercrvs24 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 93

    That may be a possability, thanx. I'm trying to stay "self employed" even through the winter.

    As for the others Gambling- I'm not lucky enough.

    Drug dealing- wouldn't make a good job for a father/ role model, however there's probably great money in it, but I don't Know how good the health insurance is :)
  9. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Being in this business is a big enough gamble already IMO.
  10. GreenUtah

    GreenUtah LawnSite Senior Member
    from SLC, UT
    Messages: 866

    winter tree pruning(certainly makes contour pruning decidious trees easier..if you don't know how to do that, go to the library, take a few classes, you've got a few months to learn) Haul off junk after christmas, old trees and such. Hang lights, like suggested earlier, plow snow, sell orders for next year..those are all fairly related to your lawn biz.

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