Plumbing business owners are always looking for ways to save money and boost efficiency on every plumbing job. But rounding the corner into the new year, you might need fresh ideas to streamline job costs and improve your processes. You’re in luck. Here are just the tips you need to position your plumbing company for success.
1. Planning Ahead for Each Plumbing Job
It’s critical to take accurate planning seriously in the process of improving efficiency on the job site, from beginning to end. Forecast your requirements for each portion of a project and prepare ahead of time, especially when it comes to personnel, schedules, procedures, materials, and other logistics.
If you’re more thorough at the outset of a project, things will go more smoothly for you. Start by asking yourself probing questions like: “How is this current effort different from past jobs?” and “When do I want to accomplish these goals?”
Plan ahead of time and make sure your crew understands realistic objectives. Remember, if you have many little goals, a large project looks more doable.
Time is money, and making smart operational choices is important. Set alerts in your electronic devices to help you be more organized. Also, let others know that they may notify you if a portion of your project falls behind.
2. Improving Communication Strategies
Improving productivity begins with communicating effectively with your employees. Make sure you’re accessible to them as often as possible and make your project expectations clear right away.
Daily meetings with your team to talk about goals and get their input on how things are progressing are a must. In addition, keep your staff informed on project demands and expectations at all times. Nobody can do a good job if they don’t know what’s expected of them.
On the subject of defining goals, make sure your crew has performance metrics. This can be a powerful motivational tool, especially when rewards are given.
To keep your employees focused, remind them of what you want them to accomplish on a regular basis. This provides your workers with a feeling of purpose.
3. See What Technology Can Do for You
With the help of technology, you have limitless possibilities. For example, you may reduce expenses and save time by producing prefabricated buildings that can be erected more quickly than a traditional building. They can also aid in lowering costs while simultaneously improving quality. Furthermore, adopting the software for productivity, project management, and BIM helps to avoid downtime and rework.
For more ideas, check out PlanGrid’s list of the top 10 cloud-based project management tools. Using an application like this one, for example, allows you to collect, manage, and collaborate in real-time on drawings, submittals, modifications, photos, issues, and more while also improving your productivity. Other program alternatives may include bidding software and other estimating tools, as well.
4. Improve Training and Watch Your Plumbing Contractors Improve
It goes without saying, when you train people properly, they perform better. The same logic applies to your teams. So take the time to review and improve your company training. And, of course, your plumbers already know their craft. But they could benefit from other plumbing project aspects, like dealing with customers, upselling additional services, or organizing the truck before heading out in the morning. Whatever support and training topics you can explore with your plumbing team, do it. The better they are at managing their work time and performing the job, the better it will be for your business.
How you track and manage your plumbing projects will ultimately determine the health of your company bottom line. Take these efficiency-boosting tips into consideration as you look for areas of improvement. And as always, when you’re ready to focus on bringing in new residential and commercial plumbing customers, let Awareness Business Group help! We help plumbing contractors like you reach thousands of potential clients without lofty ad spend or digital gimmicks. Contact us and scale today!