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Old 01-29-2012, 09:24 AM
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The early bird gets the worm, plus I'm new and need to get my name out there. I have read on here and websites offering flyer tips to flyer the same homes 3 times to get results. Jan is the first, Feb will be the 2nd and March will be the 3rd and March is about the time people start thinking about getting things in the yard done and they have seen my flyer 3 times by then.

I'll continue handing them out afterward as well, but I'll pick 4 more neighborhoods to start the 3 month process on them as well.

I'm tired of sitting around. I need to do something!!!!!
it is never too early to get things going and i traditionally spend the months of november, december and january getting my ducks in a row for the spring because come march most people have decided who they will use for the year weeks prior.

i know it varies from region to region but in my area come febuary and march if that is when you start on your offseason promo's you will most likely have a not so lucky and busy year.

as you said, it's the early bird that catches the worm.
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Old 01-29-2012, 10:36 AM
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Here in Atlanta, we go through a period of no to little property maintenance from late December till late March. Quite literally, what winter is on a calendar: 12-21 through 3-21 EVERY YEAR. We do not offer snow removal because it is rare that we ever have any, yet it gets cold enough that everything living goes dormant. What do I do? This: patios, retaining walls, ponds & waterfalls, putting greens, pergolas, decks, outdoor kitchens, winter deep pruning of woody shrubs (if required), gutter cleaning, interior painting, junk removal, etc. Conversely, there have been years (like this one) where people are just not buying anything no matter how much I market my business. When this happens, my suggestion is to get a temporary job somewhere. Contact a temp agency and your local department of labor in addition to pounding pavement. I have learned that nagging the crap out of an employer will usually get you a job sooner than later. Once you land a position, work as much as you can until the season comes, at which time you can step it down to part time work somewhere. Why? Use it for health insurance and funding your retirement. Someone can do this with as little as 8 hours a week. Best wishes!
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Here in Atlanta, we go through a period of no to little property maintenance from late December till late March. Quite literally, what winter is on a calendar: 12-21 through 3-21 EVERY YEAR. We do not offer snow removal because it is rare that we ever have any, yet it gets cold enough that everything living goes dormant. What do I do? This: patios, retaining walls, ponds & waterfalls, putting greens, pergolas, decks, outdoor kitchens, winter deep pruning of woody shrubs (if required), gutter cleaning, interior painting, junk removal, etc. Conversely, there have been years (like this one) where people are just not buying anything no matter how much I market my business. When this happens, my suggestion is to get a temporary job somewhere. Contact a temp agency and your local department of labor in addition to pounding pavement. I have learned that nagging the crap out of an employer will usually get you a job sooner than later. Once you land a position, work as much as you can until the season comes, at which time you can step it down to part time work somewhere. Why? Use it for health insurance and funding your retirement. Someone can do this with as little as 8 hours a week. Best wishes!

i used to work a winter job in the early years as i am sure most here do if need be, but in this economy winter jobs are a hard find as well as most employers don't even want to know you because they know as soon as your work picks up you are gone.

i am not one to condone or suggest lying but when it comes to finding winter employment as a business owner you need to stretch the truth a little and not let them know you have a business.

as i said, i am a firm believer in honesty is the best policy but in this particular case this is the one time honesty will most likely end up in you and your family going hungry.
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South Louisiana, we have never know what snow removal is. Sorry for you guys. We just finished removing the last of the leaves and the grass is growing. We are starting to mow but the ground is realy soft so we are moving much slower.

In December a customer drank himself to death. The family asked me to clean out his storage shed and they did not want to save anything, not a thing. I sold things on eBay and my wife had two yard sales with his junk and this brought in a little over $5K. It really made December OK.

I just want to remind everyone to make sure you have a web page, a facebook page and a Google place page. My last 23 new customers came from Google and having a web site. Same story each time when I asked. New to the area, googled lawn care for our area and I was the first on the list with a web site. Not near first on the list under google but the first with a web page the could look at. If you are bored at home spend some time improving your web site and google place.

My web site is not fancy, I did it myself. campbelllawn.com
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This may sound really sh*tty, but maybe offer a service like picking up doggy crap, since no snow on the ground it would not be tough to see. Maybe that could help get over the hump this winter?
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I had thought back in the fall when I suggested an area for clean up's in our city you had a winter job...??

It's been tough on snow removal this season for sure, maybe pick up a warehouse job for the next few months or something along those lines to keep the cash flow going.
Had a job Nov to Mid Jan, Been off since Jan 5th guess I did the job a bit to fast.
Know I am living off what i made last season and that is not going very far.
I may have a small painting job next week Just a small bathroom. one days work. Then I will find something else.
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This may sound really sh*tty, but maybe offer a service like picking up doggy crap, since no snow on the ground it would not be tough to see. Maybe that could help get over the hump this winter?
Been over this one already on this forum, I wouldn't do it then and I won't do it now sorry but there are just something I don't do. One is sell my Body (Not that anyone would pay for it) I don't know were I would put all the penny's and pick up dog $hit.
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One is sell my Body (Not that anyone would pay for it)
DAMN IT!!!! lmao j/k.



As for picking up dog crap it is a loss.

Pros:
  • Not much

Cons:
  • Can't get away with charging for what it's worth
  • It takes a lot of time
  • Lots of bending = back pain
  • You WILL step in it
  • It stinks
  • Bags are expensive

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There is so little to do in winter 'outdoors', that we're stuck working indoors which is dreadful (to me).
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This thread is funny.

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I could loose all my customers and I still wouldn't stoop so low as to shovel $hit for a living.


I still have all my pet waste removal customers, and adding more. 1 rotation a month of grass cuts, some lock changes, and other random things for the preservation company I contract for. I drained a pool, changed a lock, padlocked a broken garage door and mowed a overgrown yard today.

I will be working again tomorrow.

Since work is only about 50% of what it is in the summer I bought a project truck and have been working on that. Disposable income sure is nice.

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Before I started lawn care, I was going to start up a painting company.

The only problem was my lack of knowledge on paint products, and I wasn't very interested.

From what I have gathered in the past, it's best to charge $1 per square foot for whatever it is you are painting.

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A cool service for those who are desperate;

Go out late at night/early morning and remove the snow and ice off of vehicles. Could be interesting.

^ Personally, it only takes 5 minutes of idling to get all the ice off, and the snow isn't much of a problem. Hmm....
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