Time management tips for Trades


Time Management For Tradies

Sick of being busy and not getting ahead?  Well join the club.

This is a common theme in the construction and technical trades space so I think it’s time to do something about it.  After all, when you work, you don’t just want to make ends meet.  You want to make a profit and have time left over to enjoy life.  Right?

As a business owner, you need to free up time.  If you’re on the tools, on site or in the workshop then you’re not acting like a business owner who’s growing a business.  You’ve got to resist the temptation to do these things you know like the back of your hand and focus on growing the business.  So think about employing someone to help out.

Reset Expectations so your goals are achievable.  Don’t be afraid of handing out additional responsibilities to your staff.  Spot the guys who are great at what they do and come to you when they’ve finished asking for more.  These people are ready to become the backbone of your business.  By resetting their expectations you’ll create a new path for yourself.

Blocking out Your Diary is the only way to ensure you have the time to build your business.  When you adopt this strategy, be sure to tell the people around you that you are unavailable during this time.  If this is a new strategy for your business, you need to train those around you to respect that commitment you’re giving to business growth.

Focus on –    Selling Better Jobs so you enjoy work more and make more money.  These jobs take less time and have a higher margin.  Win/Win!!  But you need to find them and that takes some strategic thinking and activity.

Training and Systems create efficiencies and boost staff morale.  People love to learn new skills and put them into practice.  So put the time into your people and it will come back in spades.  Many business owners don’t see the advantage of this but it really does work.

So there you have it, some simple strategies to ensure you find a little more time in your busy day.  These will feel clunky in the beginning but stick with them – they work and will become your new normal soon enough.

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Hugh Bowman is a specialist in business coaching for trade businesses and is a former engineer and technical expert. He has lived and worked in many parts of regional Victoria coaching tradie business owners.

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