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I'm looking for some ideas for a new business to get into to go along with my landscaping company. Im busy 8 out of 12 months of the year but when winter rolls around theres not much to do other than snow removal, which I am starting this year.

Snow removal is nice but im looking for something more consistent to do in my area (an economically depressed area) during the long winter months and even all year round.

One thing I have tried is estate clean outs/junk removal but the market is so saturated with guys who do that work for literally next to nothing. There has not been much success there over the past year and I feel its a dead end.

Anyone have some suggestions?
 

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I'm looking for some ideas for a new business to get into to go along with my landscaping company. Im busy 8 out of 12 months of the year but when winter rolls around theres not much to do other than snow removal, which I am starting this year.

Snow removal is nice but im looking for something more consistent to do in my area (an economically depressed area) during the long winter months and even all year round.

One thing I have tried is estate clean outs/junk removal but the market is so saturated with guys who do that work for literally next to nothing. There has not been much success there over the past year and I feel its a dead end.

Anyone have some suggestions?
Open up a strip joint, you will see how fast the economy will be booming in a economically depressed area :thumbsup:
 

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What about pool installing , tree removal , pavers , concrete
Pool installation is a bit out of my realm of knowledge and I would to invest in some additional equipment...I've done paver and hardscape work before but that market dies in this area during the winter as well.

tree removal would be a good idea. I do some of that when there are some damaging winter storms around here, but nothing very sustaining....worth looking into though!
 

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I'm not sure where the OP is. I'm assuming he doesn't stay busy in the winter because of the weather. If you can't landscape in the winter, you'd have a helluva hard time doing pools and pavers.
 

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The guys around here do snow removal, vehicle/equipment maintinence during the winter. Charge accordingly during the good season for the fact that you don't make much if anything during the winter. I have a good friend who does outdoor living spaces. He sits at home 5 months out of the year but he makes enough during the warmth that that is ok with him. He's not overly ambitious though. Its hard for most guys to go from making $60/hr during the summer to maybe $15/hr during the winter doing odd jobs.

I know there is an outdoor landscaping/garden/lawn equipment center in my town that does a lot of the landscaping in this town. Probably 20 employees and very little to do through the winter besides snow/ice/equipment maintenance work. They operate in the red in a bad way through the winter months but somehow they make up for it the rest of the year.
 

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Sry. All the landscapers I know do snow removal in winter. It is more lucrative is they land some commercial plows. Business parking lots. Ect. Good luck !!
 

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It's not for everyone my cousin in law is up at 3 am. To start plowing. He does well in winter. Has a lot of parking lots and residential plowing
 

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Snow removal is really the only thing to do around here. No one hires anyone to do pavers, pools etc. Believe me...myself and colleagues of mine have tried with virtually no success. Even a landscape supply places in the area only sell snow removal supplies and equipment.

It's a low income area so many people don't even install pools, pavers and luxury services such as this. Most of my income comes lawn services and landscape maintenance because the general market cannot afford pavers or pools.
 

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You should be able to put together a plow route that will gross about 2-3k per truck. Just pray for snow.
 

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I don't know what a roadside trash removal contract pays but I am always seeing landscaping companies cleaning up the highways in the off-season.
 

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Go to school for heating

Go to school to learn everything you can about furnaces (heating) because many heating companies are not busy in the summer and they can't get enough help in the winter.

All the furnaces today have circuit boards, sensors, and most furnace circuit boards operate with different functions and error codes. So, these are things you need to learn and these are the things the professional dummies won't take the time to learn. Thus, this is leaving a wide open opportunity for you.

Believe it or not there are very few heating technicians who have the slightest clue regarding how to properly diagnose a modern furnace and the commercial systems today that are operated by computers from remote locations require an enormous amount of education. For this reason the only thing many technicians can do is sell their customers new furnaces because they don't know how to diagnose the problems.

To learn enough to make good money and enough to work for a company that is licensed could be accomplished within a few months and then continue your education until you are a very valuable technician.

Like just about everything, once you know how to repair a furnace the work is fun, rewarding, simple and there is gratification when you get the heat back on for a family.
 

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That was my first thought too. Usually the landscapers around here offer that service, and then removal for extra dough during the dormant season.

I don't know how well that might work in a depressed area though. Maybe advertise it in a nearby more affluent community?
 
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