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Turn Your Landscaping Business Into Winter Income

Seasonal business owners always have to scramble to figure out how to cover dead time. For roofers and landscapers as well as window washers, winter is the time of year that we all used to dread. Over the last few years many of us have become part of a growing and lucrative winter income that is still quietly below the radar. Putting up Christmas lights each year for residential and business customers has become a major income earner each winter. Many of us make thousands of dollars a day even in the worst economy we have seen since the Great Depression.

Getting into the industry is very easy. Surf the web for Christmas lights installation business and you’ll find experts available to give you the kind of training necessary to get this enterprise off the ground fast and profitably. Once you’ve gone through the materials and understand what you need to do, get started right away.

Start preparing your existing clients to let them know what you can do for them during the holiday season. If someone’s throwing and outdoor evening party or wedding reception, let them know that you do decorative lighting. Another big opportunity is Halloween lighting decorations. This is fast becoming a big seller for those who enjoy the festive notoriety in their town.

Prepare to run with the numbers; collect about 1000 addresses ahead of time and mail letters or postcards with your new special offer. If there are marketing circulars in your town put an ad out to be displayed around the middle of September with a special holiday lighting display offer. Remember, people currently pay you to do the kind of work they don’t want to do around the yard, on the windows or on their roof; they’ll pay you to do other things they’re unwilling to do as well.

Once you have the training under your belt, practice on your own home or that of a relative or friend. If you are going to make mistakes you might as well make them now before you get a real-life customer. Get a feel for lighting and design by visiting lighting showrooms. Get as much information as you can from your suppliers. Get a hold of the licensed electrician to get practical safety information for installing traditional lights.

If you’re figuring out what to do this winter, why not generate serious holiday income that rivals the amount you make the rest of the year? Landscapers all over the world turned to holiday lighting setup and installation because it has proven itself year after year to be great winter income. Cashing in on Christmas is a great way to kick the recession out of your household.

Garden Tips: Landscaping with Stones

A patio or a garden is a place where you expect to find comfort and peace, a place where you want to bring the nature closer to you, especially if you live in a city. For this purpose, you should symbolize the relation between nature and human, by using natural elements like stones or water. Landscaping with stones is the solely and the most at hand solution. If you intend to bring nature as close as possible, then the best option is definitely represented by the landscaping with stones, be it the case of water stones or regular, mountain stones.

What stones do is to bring completion to the process of creating a relaxing, comfortable and charming environment. Besides the plants or the small waterfalls, a beautifully organized landscaping with stones is sure to augment the value and the beauty of the space. The more precious the stones you’re using, the more valuable can your propriety become.

If arranged correctly and with the help of a professional designer, your stone arrangements are sure to make a blast, a fantastic impression on the viewer and on your visitors. A skillful organization of the stones brings out that feeling of freshness, of peace and calm. Landscaping with stones, also named ‘hardscape’, requires great skills of organization, especially if the space doesn’t allow you too much.

For this reason, the best job can be done by a specialist in this field, by a person who knows how to integrate and how to combine all the natural elements, be it the case of plants, trees and/or stones. A professional knows exactly what to place where and how to combine the components in order to attain your purpose. Therefore, I advise you not to begin constructing and decorating the landscaping with stones, unless you have previously had a meeting with a designer.

The amount of stone that you want to use in the decoration of your house depends on several things. In the first place, it depends on how much time and money you are willing to spend with the landscaping with stone. Some people keep it simple and decorate with stone only the driveway entrance, while others prefer a more rustic atmosphere by landscaping with stone almost every inch of their garden or they even go inside the house.

In the second place, it depends on what type of environment you want to create when landscaping with stones, because some prefer a simpler, a more modest, not too crowded places. In this case, they choose to use only a small quantity of stones.

The answer to this question is simple: anywhere you like. Most prefer the landscaping with stones in their patios, due to the fact that it is an open space and the stones seem natural outdoors. The patios are, in fact, what connect the interior to the exteriors, thus creating a bond between the house and the landscaping. The landscaping with stones actually creates outdoor living spaces, spaces that become familiar and relaxing. More extravagant people prefer decorating their entire house with stones. This landscaping with stones is therefore a matter of preference and choice when it comes to the amount of stones used. Some use stones only in their outdoor spaces, other use them everywhere, from their living-rooms to their bathrooms or balconies. You can use stones to decorate the walls, the paths in your garden, the interior or the exterior columns, for the outbuilding or in the water gardens.

An important aspect in the landscaping with stones is represented by the colors and by the shapes of the stones that you choose according to your desired style and imagination. For all these you should just consult a professional expert in this field.

Landscaping and Holiday Lighting Service – Is This a Good Mix?

If you are a landscaper by profession, I bet you worry about winters as there is less demand for landscaping then. So, what do you do in your winter months – Relax? Vacation? What if you have an avenue open to you for making more money? Holiday lighting service is a perfect add on business for any landscaper. These two businesses blend in perfectly with each other.
 
As a landscaper, you already have a huge client list, right? So, you can try and monetize them further by using one of these ideas –

  1. Make a brochure advertising your new holiday lighting service and hand over to each of your clients.
  2. Offer them slight discounts if they book in advance. Say something like – Avail 10% discounts on Christmas lights if you book this August. It will induce them to book through you plus you can plan the manpower and lighting requirements well in advance and plan accordingly.

Landscaping is an outdoor business and generally those who use a landscapers service would most definitely use a Christmas lights for decoration in the festive season. In fact, these days all homes and offices light up during Christmas and very few do it themselves. With huge office spaces, it is practically impossible to decorate and light up the whole office – Of course people may do their own work stations or cabins but the entire office is a job of an expert. You can be that expert for 10000′s of companies in your state.