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What to do when its not snowing.

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by stroker79, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    So im partially dreadding this snow season only because of getting overcome by boredom in between snow events. I would like to get a job just so I can get out of the house and earn some extra money but the mechanic shop I was going to work at went out of business. There are not many if any at all, places that will freely let me out to go plow snow. Since the other half of my business is lawn maintenance, there really isnt anything to with that part during the winter. I dont have a shop so I cant just go there and find something to do.

    So what do you all do?

    I need some ideas that dont cost me money and ideally will make me money without sitting on my ass all day.
  2. chcav1218

    chcav1218 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    Tivo....boose...women...plowsite of course....wax the truck...jerry srpinger is on two or three times a day...the price is right...you could write a book
  3. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    i work a full time job in a warehouse.
    And yeah. scheduling is hard i go through lots of sicktime and personal time.

    The good side of this is that it isnt a very involved job just a paycheck so i don't have to give it much attention or concern and because its union im paid okay, not great but okay..
    Even though im considered full time i actually only put in 30 35 hours a week because i always leave early as soon as the work is done.
    It is the perfect job if you want a job to put food on the table that you dont have to take seriously. And boy do i not take the job seriously. I have always worked other side or part time jobs for myself that i took more seriously than the full time job.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2008
  4. tls22

    tls22 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,264

    I put everything off that does not deal with plowing snow! I spend alot of time on this site, perhaps work part time for the landscaper i subcontract for plowing. He does jobs year around, but has been very slow. So i dont think he will have much landscaping work this winter. Oh and i call this guy name Doug and talk to him!:waving:
  5. ABES

    ABES PlowSite.com Addict
    from MN
    Messages: 1,322

    Lots and lots of Ice fishing. In december I get out a couple times to do some late season goose hunting.
  6. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    Im trying to avoid the time spent at home, it kills me. I am a pretty active person so sitting at home all day makes me loopy. I wish I had a heated shop, there is all types of stuff I could do/make/sell then.

    Keep the ideas, coming, I need something to do!!!!!!!!
  7. sherwin

    sherwin Member
    Messages: 46

    we started doing restoration work for the Fish and Wildlife Dept. a few years back. Mostly cutting and piling tree lines and such. Quite a few farmers now contract us to do it for them, some even have us clean out the barns during the winter. We got sick of the downtime too. Internet porn only goes so far, and the bars get expensive.
  8. wannabeplowing

    wannabeplowing Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    BINGO!! I work for a company here in fargo and the owner and a lot of the guys there are extremely into ice fishing and hunting so that is what we do in the winter, great way to kill time, but it does cost money obviously.
  9. wls

    wls Senior Member
    Messages: 319

    surf the net
  10. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    wait for it to snow:rolleyes:
  11. cornbinder

    cornbinder Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    i rent a shop that's heated and air conditioned, and buy and sell/fix up cars and trucks and sell them for extra money. it's supported the land i just bought off my parents, next i'm gonna have a driveway cut in, then buy a repo'd double wide modular home. i've seen $70-$80,000 homes when new that sell for $15-$20,000 5-7 years old that are repos. for around $50,000-$60,000 i'll have everything including the land ,well,septic, and a 30x40 pole building. i'll have a place that i own and a pole building to work on stuff. cheap affordable living. will make it easier later on in life, and it's out in the country about 15-20 minutes away from town. i've looked into turbine windmill's to generate electric, as the state offers grants and programs that basically cuts the cost in half. that's good stuff if you ask me. later, pete
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2008
  12. stroker79

    stroker79 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,802

    Hmmm, I might have to really look into getting a shop space. Only thing is, I try to keep my costs as low as possible and dont like to be commited to all types of bills.

    Anyway, what size is a decent space to fit a 16 ft enclosed trailer and a truck into and a little extra room? Would a 1000 sq ft space be big enough? I have gotten some prices on 2000 sq ft spots and they are about $1300 per month which is just way to high right now. I never have had a shop so Im not sure what a 1000 or 2000 sq ft even looks like.
  13. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    figure a 30 x 40 = 1200

    40 deep would be perfect for your truck and trailer still hooked and fit 3 side by side with room to walk around each

    does this help?
  14. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    what good is a shop that small though. When your truck or trailer is in it you nolonger have a shop.
  15. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    i guess thats what i was trying to tell him that it would be three times bigger than his rig so plenty of room left
  16. bribrius

    bribrius PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,609

    id say shoot for 4000 sq ft or dont bother.
  17. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    4000sq/ft would be golden

    as for the rent :cry:
  18. archer39

    archer39 Member
    from PA
    Messages: 62

    cut firewood.
  19. cornbinder

    cornbinder Senior Member
    Messages: 348

    my shop is 35 x50 i pay $450/month. it's north of town about 3 miles out in the country yet still close to town. if it were in town the price would be double. it's fully insulated has a 16 ft. ceiling 10' wide door and 14' high with a electric door opener. i have all sorts of room ouside to set cars i'm parrting out and such or set project vehicles. it sets off the road out of the eye of the public. i get full use of the bathroom which is located in the center section of the building. i also rent another 2 1/2 bay garage about 5 minutes from there for $100/month. it's insulated and heated has running water and floor drains. i keep my main plow/salt truck inside all winter long, i keep it about 55 degrees in there, so in the morning when it snows i'm not jumping into a freezing cold truck. when i'm done i rinse my salt spreader out and hose the whole truck down (underside too) then back it inside to drip dry. works out real nice for the $$
  20. erkoehler

    erkoehler PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,279

    Try to sell boats in the winter time in between snow storms.......oh, and squeeze in a snowmobile trip or two :)