October 27, 2011

How to Make Money During the Winter

Making Money During the Winter

You've gotta love this time of year. The mornings are chilly, there's frost on your windshield when you head off to work, and Christmas is right around the corner. The sun rarely peaks through the misty, grey skies and the smell of rain and snow lingers in the air for weeks at a time. Isn't it great? For those of us in the landscape and lawn care industry, this time of year can be a bit depressing because work and business is slow.


Money has its way of creeping in and out of our pockets this time of year. One thing I like to do at the beginning of winter is to make sure my Orbit Rain Sensor is working right so that I don't water my lawn right before a rainstorm or an unexpected frost! That is just about the only way I find myself saving any money during the winter months.

The few extra bucks I save on water doesn't seem to make up for all the money spent on food, gifts, presents, and food. While I thoroughly enjoy spending time with family, for a guy that does landscaping and irrigation for a living, the cost of winter can be unbearable and stressful.

Ways You can Make Money During the Winter

  1. Fall Clean-Up

    Most landscaping business will advertise Fall Clean-Up services, but not all will. It might be to your most profitable advantage to tell your current potential clients that you do fall clea-up. This involves, of course, taking care of fallen leaves, cleaning out rain-gutters, and preparing yard and lawns for winter.
  2. Sell Christmas Trees

    A popular fad for landscape workers and owners is to get involved in the selling of Christmas Trees. While it is quite the task, you can make a fair amount of revenue if you market your services well and beat out your competition. As a landscaper already, you should have most of that figured out by now
  3. Hang Christmas Lights

    Don't let your pride get in the way of good money. Have you considered investing in a Christmas Light Hanging business for winter? You might think it's an immature and "high school" way of making money but you would be surprised at how much some people will pay to have their Christmas lights hung. All you need is a staple gun and a latter and you're good to go!
  4. Snow

    Snow can put you to work and help you make money during the winter. Find opportunities to do snow removal, salting, sanding, and even chop firewood! People really do pay for these kinds of services. You just have to go out and find them.
There are more ways to make money during the winter but these are some of the more popular ideas that should give you something to think about and hopefully lead to you having a stress-free winter this year and years to come!


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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