I always get sideways looks from people when I say this: turning a profit is not a bad thing. Yes, you’ll have to pay tax on that profit, and that stinks. And yes, of course you should deduct everything you possibly can. But when you show losses in a business venture, that means you spent more money than you brought in.
A common question from business owners is, how can a small business avoid the crush of taxes and regulations while still staying within the confines of the law?
Even if a business is only open for 3 or 4 months out of the year, the business will have income and expenses during that timeframe. A business owner can estimate those numbers (budgeting!) and use those numbers to determine how many jobs need performed (lawns mowed, driveways cleared of snow, etc.) in order to at least break even.