Winter is coming. And for contractors that may be troublesome news. After the first snow roofers, building contractors and even some general contractors may decide to close up their operations until spring and pray for a short winter. Others may try to tough it out and work through the freezing cold and the snow. Whichever option you decide upon will carry considerable risk for your small business over the next couple months. Working during the winter could result in an increase in injuries and accidents while not working at all could put serious financial strain on you and your employees. Winter is rough, but it should not have to be. Listed below are a few ways to prepare you for winter construction and beat the inevitable cold.
Building in Winter
This may be the harder route, but it also might be the more practical route. Closing your business up for up to four months could severely impact your future as a business owner. Luckily, with the proper equipment and precautions it is now possible to perform most construction work despite the bitter cold conditions but there is still significantly more risk.
To counter that risk you are going to want to make sure that you have the proper insurance coverage for your business (i.e. workers compensation, general liability, commercial auto insurance). For more information please feel free to give us a call at 1-800-649-9094. We look forward to hearing from you!
Avoiding Building in Winter
If you decide building in winter is not worth the risk we can completely understand. But, just because there is no building to do does not mean that your business needs to stand idle for the next few months. Listed below are some ways to take advantage of your months ‘off’ and how to get ahead of the game.
- Get a Jump Start on the Next Project
Try to find clients that are looking to execute certain projects over the coming year. You can narrow down which ones you would like to take (throw out the ones that you do not) and beat your competition to the next project while they toil away in the snow. This way you will ensure that the next year is productive enough that you will not have to worry about bringing a lot of money in during the winter if you budget well.
- Look for Talent (and seasonal work)
You will not be the only business shut down for winter. While you sip on hot cocoa try looking for top level talent that you can attract to your business for next year. It will reduce the effectiveness of your opponents while simultaneously increasing your business’s prestige. You can also offer them work if you find seasonal (winter) projects that will give them an opportunity to earn some more money.
Whether you decide to work during the winter, or not, is up to you. We would just urge you to make sure that you are adequately prepared for the next couple of months. Best of luck and, if you have any questions, do not be afraid to give us a call.