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Old 09-23-2011, 01:55 PM
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Well Things just keep taking strange twists around here,
My wife got laid off last week.
This really suck especially right now were I'm going into my slow season (Winter).
I sat here last night crunching the numbers and it not looking real good.
I think I may have to take on a part time or temporary full time job for the winter.
But I will need something with flexible hours so that I can do snow removal when it snows as I already have 7 customers signed up.
I knew when I started this whole venture that it would be a difficult start but 2011 has really given me a few hard hits. But I'm not down yet.
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Im right there with you. I have a few driveways but Im not that interested in driving every direction for a few bucks. I submitted bids on 2 1 acre parking lots and 2 30 unit condo complexes for snow removal. If I get 2 of them or all Ill be in good shape and wont even pursue driveways. On the side note I would have to add a truck and sander and the expense of that is my money set aside for winter.

My wife does work but its at the hours I need to be plowing. I really cant find a sitter at 4am when the snow starts.
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I think it is pretty common for small lawn care company owners to have to take on a part time or full time job during the down season for the first couple of years.

There was a great young fellow who posted on here often a couple of years ago that went through this however by year two he was doing great.

I live very close to you and would never rely on snow removal to keep one going in the winter here, I have seen many winters that I never plowed my driveway, last winter I dropped the plow three or four times.

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I think it is pretty common for small lawn care company owners to have to take on a part time or full time job during the down season for the first couple of years.

There was a great young fellow who posted on here often a couple of years ago that went through this however by year two he was doing great.

I live very close to you and would never rely on snow removal to keep one going in the winter here, I have seen many winters that I never plowed my driveway, last winter I dropped the plow three or four times.

Hang in there
Thanks Andy.
I know what you mean about the snow around here.
I guess I just got to put my nose to the job sheets maybe pull in some favour.
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There was a great young fellow who posted on here often a couple of years ago that went through this however by year two he was doing great.
You might be referring to Chuck? He is down in Florida and the first year he worked part time over the winter at a lube shop and after getting through that first winter, he didn't have to get a part time job again.
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You might be referring to Chuck? He is down in Florida and the first year he worked part time over the winter at a lube shop and after getting through that first winter, he didn't have to get a part time job again.
Yes Chuck, he was a super fellow, talked to him on the phone actually a long time ago.
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Well even though I had to take most of this week off due to some surgery Monday I went out today for a few hours and quote two foreclosure jobs a hedge job and a mow job.
I got the mow job on the spot for rest of this year and all of next year.
I hope to be back on lawns Monday, Rest and Ice and some nice Codeine.
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Starting to Steve.
As a follow up to the 4 quotes I did Thursday I got all for of them.
Now if I can get this dam post Op swelling to go down I can get some work done.
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I'm just like some of us here, I started my company back in June and now the season is coming to an end pretty soon. I am in the middle of job hunting but at the same time I am starting my October promotion in hoping that with enough success of this promotion I might not have to work another job and completely focus on my company. I hope this idea could help some fellas out if they find it helpful.

People have been asking me how the business is going? and I optimistically say "great" but really I don't know what great is because I have nothing to comparing with so maybe some experts in here might help me out with this.

Back in June I started the company and have set goals every month to meet them. In June, I wanted to pick up 5 customers and I got 4. July set for 5 and I ended with 13. August was aimed for 10 and ended with 10 and Sept was set for 7 and ended with 12. So since the company opened I have about 39 or 40 customers and 14 are repeat monthly. Out of that 14, 7 of which are belonged to a local biggest Real Estate company so for snow season they said I still have to go and remove the snow. The bank pays $50 per visit to those houses. Even when I get a few more from that company I would still need more to live through the winter.
What I am doing now is to promote through word of mouth, contacts, and social networks about next year annual contract. If customers sign up for next year contracts now then more than likely I can sell them my medium package which include snow removal. The contract start Nov to Nov and payment for contracts will be broken down to 10 payments. What that means is if I can get 10 contracts for next seasons in next 30-45 days then I will have incomes coming in through the winter.

So the moral of the message is to start contracting now and sell package that has snow removal service in it. With that package you can start collecting payments because you will probably going to service when the snow comes. Also breaking down the contract payments in 10 months increments is always better than 12 months or 8 months.

I don't know if this is the best way but it is a thought in hoping that someone with more experiences in the industry might shred some lights to keep me alive through this winter.

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