What are your winter plans concerning business? This is only my second winter and worked straight through last winter with only about 2 weeks of dead time. I am heavily considering closing for January for reasons including: -burned out, need time off and want to see the folks/work around the house -organize and construct an extremely more effective filing system including Quickbooks. My older brother will be handling that.......his talent, NOT mine. -network -seminars -constructively organize the business reguarding what I want to do, where I want to go and how I will get there -employee handbook........lay down the law .......and a lot more stuff but you get the idea I want to hire a true foreman this spring and do not see that really being an issue. More of an issue will be the guy that has worked for me for the past 16 months most likely won't take kindly to being his assitant.....things just aren't clicking for him as I had hoped. He's a friend of mine (problem #1) and may ultimately have to let him go so that the business will continue to grow constructively. Once I have this foreman I will of course want to keep him. I can't lay him off in the winter, I don't see that being a healthy business decision. What do you do in the winter with your 'key' guys? I don't want busy work just to keep such a person busy as I see that also being an unhealthy business decision. I also don't want to pay someone to sit at home for a month doing nothing. What do you do?