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Preparing for Winter as a Tradesperson

With autumn coming to a close, the days are becoming shorter, the weather is getting worse and waking up in the morning requires a good coffee and the boiler going. Tradespeople all over the UK are wishing for winter to be over already. However, it doesn’t have to be as bad as you’re expecting it to be if you take a look at a few of these tips.

Assess your schedule

First thing’s first, before you start overbooking yourself and your work, remember the days are shorter and time or daylight is of the essence with a lot of jobs. So, a job that would normally take you a week in the summer could take you two weeks in the winter due to weather, daylight and other factors. If you work alone or with a small team, you should consider gaining more staff to complete jobs in time. Remember to check what your employee liability insurance will cover with more staff.

Buy some more work clothing

The words uttered by every parent, teacher, grandparent and partner: wear something warm! It’s something we get drilled into us as a child. So put in a little investment into some waterproof jackets and trousers, as well as some fleeces and some flannel shirts to keep nice and warm while you’re working.

It can make a massive difference to your productivity and your stress levels by keeping yourself wrapped up warm and staying comfortable while you work this winter.

Always put safety first

Be sensible- if you put yourself in danger on the job and hurt yourself or cause property damage in bad conditions, it can create larger delays than simply rescheduling, or taking a break for the weather to pass.  Take extra caution to identify slip, trip and fall zones on your sites, as more of these will appear in the winter compared to the summer.

Got some spare time?

If your job can only be done in the daylight, spend some time getting some testimonials to promote your business, or catch up on your industry research to find out the latest trends, advice and products available. You also get to do this from the comfort of your living room, with a coffee or mulled wine in front of the fireplace.

Get insured

When working during the winter months, some jobs can be extremely dangerous. If you or an employee were in an accident, your van failed to work properly, or any goods were damaged, you could be left with a pretty big bill to stay in business.

At constructaquote.com, you can get all types of cover from Public Liability, Van insurance, Goods in Transit, Business insurance and much more that could help protect you and your business from facing a large cost if something did go wrong.

We believe honesty is the best policy and our customer service team is there for you if you need to make a claim or have a question about your policy.

For a quick, easy and hassle-free quote, visit constructaquote.com.

 

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Preparing for Winter as a Tradesperson
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Emily Rivers

Emily Rivers is the Customer Experience Manager at Quotatis. She informs customers of the latest developments in a range of products so they can make the best choice for their homes and ensures they get the best out of our service. For more information about Emily visit her Google+ profile.

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