Keeping in mind that the pandemic is still around and by many reports might be for several more months:
Spring is amongst us 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.
- 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 building.
- Pulled all your vent blocks
- Removed the foam 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.
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, then griping, complaining or worrying won’t fix it. Figure out what is going on; get to work and make the numbers right. Don’t sit back and let stuff happen, make it happen, pandemic aside.
At the same time, check and rework as needed both the 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. For some of you, it’s going to be one tough year.
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.
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 a steady advertising program by the company.
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.
Love your honey. Make sure they know you care. 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 May 10.