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Winter Work for those that do not plow

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Fairviewlandscape, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Fairviewlandscape

    Fairviewlandscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    I have not plowed in years, and really do not have an interest in getting back into it again. I would like to create some revenue during the winter months.

    I am thinking handyman,carpentry, painting etc. Did not know if anyone else did this sort of thing to stay busy and generate some cash. Not looking to keep the entire company busy, just myself.

  2. David C.

    David C. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 246

    I paint(Exterior/interior), wash vinyl siding, stain decks-----usually on word of mouth to my regular customers
  3. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,292

    I'd been considering home repair. I used to work for a remodeling contractor, so I'm not a true greenhorn, but I'd bet there's licensing and/or potential schooling involved before you were allowed to market your self to the home repair market, but I don't actually know if handymen are required to have gone to tech school or anything...
  4. StihlMechanic

    StihlMechanic LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,133

    I move to Australia in the winter as it is their summer and mow there. Make tons of cash as I only employ kangaroos to do most of the mowing and pay them with bamboo, I just edge.
  5. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 40,292

    Someone's gotta do it.
  6. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    Most guys get a job as a cop, fireman or teacher in the off season.
  7. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    hit the local poker games hard.

    dear IRS-- we just play for match sticks.
  8. DitchDr

    DitchDr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    I pose for porn magazines, I am the before pic in the peeter pump add's.

    We dont get snow here in SC so we stay busy with bed renewals, leaf clean up's lighting work, tree work, irrigation work, and other odd jobs people want done. It keeps my guys busy. I have a full time job with the county so i'm good.
  9. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    I don't think PA requires any training, per se. But, you do need a contractor's license specifically for the industry. It was a new rule as of a year or two ago. You will notice all ads, including radio, include the "PA ....." That is their license number. It does not require any certification, just a mere application (I think). In other words, a revenue generator, without any backing in terms of being a credible contractor. One more way the PA government has to track people and their business/activity.
  10. punt66

    punt66 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,536

    Has nothing to do with tracking people. Its recourse for the consumer who hires an idiot that does a sh$t job. The state will reimburse them through that fund and then go after the contractor. Thats how it is in CT anyway.

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