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Hello,

I am about to start my own concrete business after being in the trade for over 11 years. The one aspect of starting my own business that worries me is trying to stay busy in the winter months. I live in PA and usually from Thanksgiving til beginning of March, work is always hit or miss.

I was interesting in hearing how other contractors stay busy during their slow periods in the winter months, besides plowing (we haven't had much snow fall lately, so that leads to the same boat, in my opinion).

Thank you for the input!
 

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We stay busy year round.

We pour concrete M-F except holidays all year long rain or shine.

The only difference from Nov. - March is we usually don't work Saturday's & wear more clothes.

If you have a skid steer put it to work (snow is not the only thing it can do in the winter).
 

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Fella i know has done concrete for 30yrs but the last few yrs we have had a huge decline in building so he expanded his property management business. The way he looks at it the grass always grows and even in the cold he has homes to monitor. He has expanded into snow removal which helps but cannot be relied on. Now the property management is his main source of employment and the concrete work is his supplemental income.
 

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Work at Taco Bell? :whistling

Screw plowing snow the first few year, pound pavement for work in spring...starting with curb and car stop repairs from others plowing snow.
 

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"We stay busy year round.

We pour concrete M-F except holidays all year long rain or shine.

The only difference from Nov. - March is we usually don't work Saturday's & wear more clothes.

If you have a skid steer put it to work (snow is not the only thing it can do in the winter). "



Awesome that you stay busy year round. I know its easier to do in the commercial end of things, residential building seems to slow around my area during the winter.
 

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Thank you to everyone who has chimed in, some good ideas. I really like living in a warms state for the offseason! I hope to be the lucky.
 
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