Did you mean to say "how many of us have 3rd jobs"?
I have a farm and raise beef cattle and worked mostly nights, 18 years at Kodak and then driving tractor-trailer. Plowing has been on and off for 25 years, on solid for last 3 years. I'm not driving this winter so I am going to try to add salting to the plowing and see where this leads to. I was never one to sit still too long. Hope you can get some snow soon, if not keep on waxing the plow, it can't hurt.
This is my second season without a 2nd job.I finished my leaf clean-ups 2 weeks ago and I'm bored already waiting for the snow. I wish I could find a nice part-time job but not too many employers are willing to have me not show up if it snows. I was working at a place that would let me go if it snowed because they were one of my major plowing accounts but they sold their business. I was thinking of trying a temp agency but I hear that some of the jobs they want you to do are pretty bad.
I fix cars during the day.
I do body repair and painting.
Right now "deer season" is upon us here in Iowa. Just fixed a 1998 Chevy truck that hit a nice sized 9 pointer. The owner kept the deer and brought in the rack to show us. He was pretty lucky, It was a monster.
The deer will keep me busy till we get a little snow and ice.
I have a landscape business and plow snow. I'm realy starting to get bord not plowing since last week and we can't do any landscapeing because we have snow on the ground. It's nice to have some time off to relax but I'm not sure how long i'm gonna be able to relax before i go stir crazy. I hope it $nows agian soon. My Dad builds houses so if i get board i may go do some work for him.
Full time , year round, landscape maintenance contractor. If I do the math correctly ,the expenses to operate our business professionaly, and legally wouldn`t really give me an option to take a "second job". By the time I invest my time in somewhere else my business would be backed up in several areas and someone would not be happy. Tried it before and it was obvious it was one or the other. We have and do sub-contract a lot of work from larger companies and believe scratching their back is a good thing. But that`s still contracting . We are still in control of the project. A lot of work , or calls have been very good contacts that grew into other work that because we are available Mon. -Sat. full-time. In my case, our small company receives a lot of work just by being available , on call, when they need it done or estimated usually ALWAYS weekday mornings. Question is ; how many contractors, other than myself, have lost jobs because for 15 minutes or an hour you were running equipment and missed a call ? Only to get the guy`s voice mail upon returning his or her call, then later find out someone else got it . That also make`s your day, especially when someone you know gets it and you find out its was a good account. The vibate on my Nextel doesn`t seem to get it.
Your right about loosing work because someone couldn't wait long enough for you to call them back or they got a recorder and hung up and didn't leave a message.
I missed a call on my cell while at the dentist and I called them back within 30 min. and they said they found someone else. Of course it was 3 days after the storm. But what really hurt they are only a mile away. Talked them into calling me earlier next time.
I lost my cell phone 3 years ago while getting in or out of my truck during a heavy snow storm. People don't understand when you tell them you step out of the truck to shovel, clean lights, get fueled up, etc..
Wow!!! I didn't realize how many of you fit in other employment. I also do landscaping in the summer but here that finishes by the end of October. I have 3 kids and after being a stay at home dad for 1.5 months, I'm going a little crazy.
Let's see..... Most of the time I am a Flight Technician. I work on and fly all over the world with business jets. When I'm not doing that I have a loose partnership with a friend who has a tree care and landscape company (where I get my plowing sub work). And if there is no business in either of those two places I also do some farrier work.
Needless to say I don't see a whole lot of television....except Sunday afternoons when NASCAR is in season!!!!!
I have a landscape business, plow snow and work construction. The construction doesn't interfere with the plowing since the owner has his own plowing route and if we're working outside we don't work in the snow anyway. I wouldn't be able to make it financially or mentally (would be too much free time) if it wasn't for the construction.