Anyone who works outside a lot will no doubt have noticed over the last few days that the weather has warmed up a bit. Fingers crossed that the wintry weather of recent weeks that brought with it lots of snow has disappeared for the year but even if not, there’s no time like the present to start planning your workload for the spring and summer months.
Here are a few top tips to help you do that from specialist flooring tools supplier Flooring Tools Online.
Be upfront about holidays
Summer may be your busiest time of year but you still deserve a holiday, even if it is just a few days here and there. Always maintain open lines of communication with your customers so they know when you’re going to be around, especially important if you’re on a long-running job.
Clients can quickly become concerned if they’re unable to get hold of tradesmen doing work on their homes, so make sure you’re open and honest about holidays and so on.
Look to the past to help you prepare
Some tradesmen will find that summer is their busiest time, others may find the same of autumn. It all depends on what trade you’re in. Look back to see what happened in previous years so you can start preparing at the right time for a seasonal boom in trade.
If you find that the coming months are quieter for you, why don’t you try new ways of drumming up trade so you’re not sat there twiddling your thumbs? Offering summer deals could see your workload increase, or you could use the time to catch up on business admin and so on.
Look out for discounts
Summertime represents a brilliant opportunity to save some money, since all sorts of retailers and suppliers offer discounts on materials. Keep your ear to the ground and you could save yourself a pretty penny indeed.
Prepare for winter
Yes, we’ve only really just left winter behind but you need to plan for the future and that means getting ready for winter 2019 right now. Traders like plumbers will likely be busiest at this time of year, but others may find it slows down… so come up with a few strategies now to help you keep the work coming in once the weather starts to chilly up once again.
Focus on your health
If the summer just gone is anything to go by, we’re going to see some lovely hot weather over the next few months or so. This might actually mean that your job gets harder, since working in intense heat can be incredibly dangerous.
Prioritising your health is a must throughout the year, so make sure you know how to stay hydrated, that you always have sun cream nearby and that you take regular breaks to ensure you don’t suffer from heat exhaustion.