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We Like to See The Good Guys Win!

May, 2019

by Michael Stone

Spring is here, again, and you might want to double-check that you have:

  • Checked all stored vehicles and trailers to be sure they are operating correctly. Don't forget to check the wheel bearings on your trailers, couplers and the license to be sure it is up to date.
  • Washed all the chemicals off the walk and driveways around your building. While you are at it, get the windows washed inside and out on your office and you might give the front entry door to your office a lick and a promise.
  • Pulled all your vent blocks and removed the protective covers from hose bibs.
  • Scheduled planting flowers, mowing the lawn and tidying up the grounds.
  • Replace any broken windows, broken screen doors, and tidied up any paint that has cracked or peeled.
  • Get rid of any trash, junk, building materials that has found a corner to nest in over the winter.

Remember, our customers judge our companies and us by what they see.

Check that your April sales and production match up with company goals. If you are selling and producing more than your goals, good for you. If you are short on sales, griping, complaining or worrying won't get it fixed. Figure out what is going on and with whom, then get to work and make the numbers right. Don't sit back and let stuff happen, make it happen.

Check and rework, as needed, both sales and production goals for the second half of this year. Get your key people on board with your goals for your company if you want to be sure that they will happen.

Double-check your job sites to be sure that your crews are not busy using mobile phones or spending their time texting or game playing at your expense. All three of those activities should be outlawed during working hours.

Continue putting ads together for summer work (July, August & September). You need to plan ahead at least one full job cycle if you want to have enough work to keep you and your company busy and profitable.

Do you know what your job cycle is? If not, today is a good day to start figuring it out.

Start planning fall ads now for October, November and December. What specials are you going to run this year? Start planning now so you don't have dead spots to fill during the coming winter months. Dead times during the winter are almost always due to a lack of planning on the part of the company owner and a steady 24/7/365 advertising program.

Check that all your subcontractors license, bond and insurance are up to date. This is a must. While you are at it, make sure you have not fallen into the trap of paying people by cash or under the table. Be very sure you can generate a clean (i.e. honest) paper trail for all monies received and spent. Do you have a written agreement with your subcontractors? You should. Check out our Subcontractor Manual.

Double-check to make sure that transactions in your company are handled by no less than two people. No one person should handle transactions start to finish.

Love your honey. Make sure they know you care. Get rid of any and all finger pointing and nasty thoughts that have worked their way into your thinking. While you're at it, remember the beautiful lady who gave birth to you, and if you're a father, remember the mother of your little ones on Mother's Day next weekend.