The new year is a great time to work on improving your roofing business. Setting resolutions in the workplace, developing new habits, and adopting new tools can do wonders for your company in the coming months. Many roofing businesses have a slower schedule in January, so be sure to take advantage of this time to prepare yourself for the rest of the year. Here are 4 habits to start now that can make you a better roofing contractor in 2020.
Find a Way to Stay Organized
Staying organized is critical for residential roofing contractors. Being able to find customer instructions or contracts when you need them helps you complete a job quickly and efficiently while also preventing mistakes. Organized roofing businesses not only work more effectively, they also rake in more leads. The easiest way to get more business is through contacts you have already made, so being organized enough to find the information from a client you had months ago can make a big difference.
Starting the new year off with a plan to become more organized will help your business succeed. Acculynx can keep your roofing business organized in many ways, from keeping documents in order to scheduling your crews to keeping records of your interactions with a customer. An especially convenient way to stay organized is using our electronic document service, SmartDocs. This powerful tool can help make sure you never lose a document, since they’re all stored in the cloud. And with our eSign feature, you can create, send, and sign legally binding documents to your customers, saving you time and keeping your files in one place.
Keep Working on Your Business
If you want to become a better roofing contractor, it’s important to constantly work on your own company. Yes, you need to market and keep up with your current clients, but if your company itself is not in tip-top shape, you will not be able to handle new customers or give your current customers the quality work they deserve.
Roofing Contractor suggests, “Spend 60 percent of your time working on the business, not in the business.” This time could include working with employees, creating plans for the future, and promoting workplace communication. Spending time on your business itself allows for your company to run smoother and prepares it for taking on more customers in the future. Setting aside this much time to work on your company itself can be challenging, but is certainly worth it in the long run if you can make a habit out of it.
Ask for Referrals
Residential roofing contractors should get in the habit of asking their customers for referrals. It might seem awkward in the moment, but most customers will gladly write a referral when asked. Referrals are an easy and free way to get your company’s name out there and attract more customers. They can be a powerful tool, especially when the referral is a glowing review that reflects all of the great work you do at your company. Starting in the new year, be sure to ask for a referral every time you complete a big job or provide an excellent level of service to a client. And if you’re not sure which clients would make good referrals, AccuLynx lets you take detailed notes on each of your jobs and refer back to the work you did, which can serve as a helpful reminder once you finish the work.
Attend Educational Seminars
New technology and advancements are always occurring in the roofing industry, so one of the best things you can do to make yourself a better roofing contractor is to stay up to date on the most recent developments. One way you can do this is by attending seminars on how to use new technology. Software such as QuickBooks, SkyMeasure, and EagleView can be extremely beneficial to your company, so learning how to use them is a great way to use your time in the new year. To take it a step further, you can also get certified with new products. Potential clients will love seeing that you know what you are doing when it comes to the latest advancements. In addition to training and certifications, you can also attend conventions and trade shows to see what new ideas are making their way into the industry.
Knowing what new tools are available as soon as they come out means you can start using and benefiting from them right away. Not only does attending seminars and conventions allow you to learn new skills and keep up with the industry, it also helps you refine old skills. Older skills can be hard to maintain if you are not constantly using them, so a refresher course on your most important products and techniques is always helpful. Making it a habit to attend these seminars and conventions will ensure that your company is always up to date, making you a more attractive option to potential customers.
Forming new habits can be a challenging process, but the new year is the perfect time to start. If your resolution is to become a better roofing contractor, this can be your year to achieve it. By adopting these 4 habits this new year, you can ensure your company will be in the best shape possible to take on 2020.