Finding reliable, skilled roofing crews is one of the most challenging parts of running a roofing business. Without a competent and dependable crew, it’s difficult to take on large projects or grow your business.
If you’ve been having difficulty finding a great crew, there are many industry resources that can help you locate the right people. And roofing business management software like AccuLynx can help you with every step of the crew management process, from reaching out to potential subcontractors to making sure they do their best work for your company.
The top 6 places to find great crews and subcontractors
#1: Referrals from industry peers
Reaching out to other roofing company owners or managers and asking them for recommendations can be one of the best ways to find reliable crews. If they have had positive experiences with a particular crew, they will likely be happy to refer them to you.
#2: Local trade schools
Many trade schools offer courses in roofing and construction-related trades. Students are looking for work experience, and your roofing company could be the perfect place for them to get it. You can also take advantage of the job placement services at many trade schools to find especially skilled and qualified workers.
#3: Online job boards
Job search websites such as Glassdoor, Indeed, and Monster allow you to post job listings for free and target candidates by experience and location. Be sure to clearly outline the job requirements and qualifications in your post to attract the most qualified candidates.
#4: Local unions
Roofing union members have completed an apprenticeship program, which means they have received formal training and are highly skilled. Contacting your local roofing union and asking for recommendations for reliable roofing crews can help you find great options in your area.
#5: Industry associations
Roofing industry associations can be another valuable resource for finding high-quality roofing crews. Many industry associations have job boards or career centers tailored to the roofing industry where you can search for crews or post job listings.
#6: Social media
Social media platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn can be a great way to connect with roofing crews. To get started, join industry groups or forums and post job openings on your company profile. You can also search for potential candidates on these platforms and reach out to them directly.
How roofing software can help you manage your new crew
Once you’ve found a potential new crew, you’ll need to bring them on board your team, equip them with everything they need to do their best work, and make sure everything runs smoothly so you can retain them. This can be just as challenging as finding a great crew—but with roofing software like AccuLynx, you can simplify the process of hiring and managing your subcontractors.
After you’ve identified a crew you’d like to hire, you can input all their details right into AccuLynx. AccuLynx is a cloud-based software system, so it’s easy for you to store crew contact information in the software and access it from anywhere. Whenever you need to reach out to a crew member, you’ll be able to quickly find their most up-to-date contact information.
AccuLynx can also help you communicate with potential crews. You can set tasks in AccuLynx that remind you and your team members to contact a new crew or follow up with them after an interview. You can also send emails and text messages directly from AccuLynx, so you’ll always have a record of your correspondence with the subcontractor or crew member and can easily look back on it at any time.
To help you keep track of your new crews and when they’re working, you can color-code each of your crews in the AccuLynx Production Calendar so you can see their schedule at a glance. If you need to reschedule a crew, all it takes is a few clicks, and crew members will be instantly notified of the schedule change.
AccuLynx also offers a mobile Crew App to help you communicate more effectively with crews. Allowing you to give the members on the job site the information they need to do their best work. You can create checklists for each job, see when crews check in and check out of the job site, send messages, and share important information and updates. The mobile Crew App even includes an English-Spanish translation feature so you can communicate with bilingual crews.
Grow your business by finding reliable roofing crews
Finding reliable roofing crews is essential for the success of any roofing company. By using industry resources from job boards to local unions to social media sites, you can increase your chances of finding the right workers for your company. And once you’ve brought your new crews on board, the resources in roofing software like AccuLynx can help you manage them more effectively. If you’d like to learn more about these helpful tools in AccuLynx, as well as the rest of our great features, you can schedule a demo here.