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    I am not sure if I hate the business or hate the area. This storm is blowing all the leafs into the farmland so forget leaf removal. We are below the snow line quit a ways and I am 2wd only so forget snow removal and noones grass is grown. Its starting to look like its going to be an F-ed winter for me. Any suggestions? There must be some landscape maintenance that I can capitalize on during the winter.
    White Company

  • #2
    Is prostitution legal in your state?



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    • #3
      No its not
      White Company

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      • #4
        Christmas lighting
        shovel or plow small drive and walkways
        salt them too
        get rid of snow and icicle overhangs on houses

        Prep yourself for next year
        have a game plan..this is what im doing.
        Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
        "Where Service is Always in Season"
        Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

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        • #5
          Christmas is a week away, lights are already up. No snow and or ice here at all. salt is not legal here. Any other guesses?
          White Company

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          • #6
            If all else fails, deliver Pizza till work rolls in.
            Pat

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            • #7
              No.nononono
              White Company

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              • #8
                Pick up an adult newspaper route with the major newspaper in your area. Right after Christmas they are always looking for new carriers. I did that for many years. Get a route you have to do yourself.
                http://www.lunchesruslawncare.com

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                • #9
                  besides a part time job theres really nothing i can think of..maybe some minor hardscaping work while theres no snow..

                  not sure

                  offer to dress up as santa and visit the kids haha
                  Just Kut Lawn and Landscape
                  "Where Service is Always in Season"
                  Reach for the stars so if you fall you land on a cloud.

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                  • #10
                    I was thinking of working with indoor gardens. I know the idea of those is picking up steam all over. It probably wont help me right now this year but could be good for future winters. I am also working on maybe providing emergency work "see my other post" Anywhere from removing trees fallen in the storms to putting quick band aides on leaking roofs. I think emergency work is where the big money can be honestly. Look at an ambulance ride to the ER. Not many can afford it but we all NEED it in times of bad injury. I know I would not want to pay someone $100 to path a small roof leak but if that leak is putting my several thousand dollars of computer equipment in my office at risk I will be happy for someone to get on the roof in the rain, patch it then write him/her a check.
                    White Company

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                    • #11
                      How about Christmas tree removal after the holidays?
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                      • #12
                        How about Christmas tree removal after the holidays?
                        Not a bad idea. I wander how I would work it? Call the landfill and ask what their fee is and mark up from there?
                        White Company

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                        • #13
                          This is my first year operating a lawn service but during the summer I set myself some "winter tasks" as I had some time to think while I was behind my mower. First was to develop some post cards for advertising, I did that. 2nd was to create a web presence for my business. I did that. Now I am working on driving traffic to my site and that is a work in progress. link building as well as advertising in a couple of different places on a pay per click basis. Generating income during the winter so I have to judge it as a win so far. once I have the site traffic on auto pilot I'm going to go back to learning more about the ag in my area and focus on getting my applicators license, though I'm mowing less, I've found that theres still lots to do in the "off season" here in Florida.
                          Hungry Goat Lawn Service, Deltona, FL

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                          • #14
                            Make sure you get listed on every yellow pages site you can find. Google search for them there are many business directories out there also. Many of them are free and all you need to do is put a logo from them on your website.
                            • Yellowpages.com
                            • magicyellow.com
                            • superpages.com
                            • yellowbook.com


                            Also get listed on each of the search engines in the places part of them:
                            • google places
                            • google maps
                            • yahoo maps
                            • bing maps


                            Look into merchantcircle.com. Also check into your local chamber of commerce they have many things to offer small businesses. Plus its a way to get to meet other business owners in your area. You just might get to do work for some of them. Most of them meet once or twice a month. After you have been in business a couple years join the Better Business Bureau in your area. People see their logo on your site and it gives you so much more credibility. It shows satisfaction in your work. I will be able to join them in 2011 and cant wait. Submit the site to the search engines.

                            I use print advertising too. Our local pennysaver has an annual business directory that they publish every year. I placed our logo in it with the yellow color to it and when you open that page it just explodes and you have no choice but to look at it. I expect that to be a big plus for us in the spring. I attached the page it is on so you can see the difference to just using a logo ad instead of just a normal word listing.

                            This year I will also be getting exposure at a local 18 hole golf course in our area. They get 40,000 rounds of golf a year and my advertising logo will be on the score cards the golfers use. That will cost me $395 for the whole year. I get a couple mulch jobs from it and the ad is paid for along with the payroll & supplies to do those jobs.

                            The other thing I do, the pennysaver has a section they call business directory, in the weekly pennysaver the whole page is for businesses to have their business card or small ad on a bulletin board looking page of the paper. You get 13 weeks for $20 a week. That reaches every resident in the whole town and village.
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                            http://www.lunchesruslawncare.com

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                            • #15
                              This year I will also be getting exposure at a local 18 hole golf course in our area.
                              That is very interesting! What got you to consider and go with this advertising method?
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