I have been plowing and salting for a few years now, but this is the first year I actually own my full setup (truck, plow, salter). December has been pretty good, but the last 2 weeks have been almost dead. In fact it's almost 40 degrees out right now and it's raining.
I was just wondering, what are some good ideas to earn some extra $$ during down time?
I do handyman type work for my current landscaping and plowing customers. I don't really do it because I need the extra money, though. More to build a better relationship with my customers and to get me out of the house so I don't go insane.
Good time to go touch up those half melted piles that are hanging out all over the lots & taking up valuable real estate. When management sticks it's head out thinking wtf is he doing...that's a good time to stop in & say "hello, how's everything going so far this season". If their seasonal, it's a good way to diffuse any resentment about all that free money their paying you. If they invite you in for coffee, accept it. You have now opened up the door to discuss with them any other services you may have to offer...just don't throw up on them & keep the convo light. If all goes well, you may have just put some insurance on next years contract...and any preexisting resentment should hopefully be gone.
Past: 8.5' Diamond on 12' stake body dump 15,000lb upgraded F350, for state highways...and lack of experience.
Present: Snowbear on 2002 GMC 1500 and ancient Ariens, for personal use only.