Frozen is a great movie, but a rotten condition for a lot of outdoor and indoor work. Yes, you can paint indoors when it’s -40 outside, but if you keep the windows closed your lungs will have words with you and if you don’t, you’ll freeze to death and the paint will clump. Sure, you can hook up a gas line or build a deck in drifting snow, but as badass as you are, you’d probably prefer to do it at some other time of the year. If you’ve done your planning properly and your clientele doesn’t consist of consistent emergency-havers, you can probably set things up so that the dark days of winter are for concentrating on your marketing and business admin, tuning up your equipment and your spreadsheets so that when the first snowdrops of Spring break through the ice crust, you’re more than ready and your clients are eager to see you back at work for them. Re-evaluate every system you are using, whether software, human, or equipment, and score it out of ten. If it’s a six or less, work on it. You have the time, and if you’re to make the best success out of the coming season, you need to do it now. Some people close their businesses entirely, some segue into complementary businesses, say, from lawn care to clearing driveways, or from regular gardening into storm proofing for plants. Offering these services can allow you to charge a premium, and it helps keep your clients thinking of you all year round. Some others, of course, simply batten down whatever hatches have come un-battened, and bolt for Florida, Arizona, and other toasty warm states that end in vowels. The choice depends on how much work you want to do, how much money you need to make, and crucially, whether or not you have a trusty right hand to take care of things while you’re gone, rather than making off with your best spanner and your truck when your back is turned.