Times are pretty darn lean in the remodeling and construction trades right now. Unfortunately for many contractors, it’s time to cinch that proverbial belt a few notches tighter. But the only way to tighten a belt is to let some fat go. This can be a harder choice than you might think when it comes down to it. In the interest of relieving stress, here are five suggestions for things that can go…at least for now.
- Advertisements. If the money is there, then advertisements are an excellent way to get the word out, but recessions are more about intimacy and word of mouth. Many homeowners want to remodel but are tentative about spending the money. In such cases, a handshake and some expert conversation are more likely to yield trust and a contract than the flash and flare of an advert. Start with recent or other past clients. Maintaining a relationship with one client often extends to others by association. Then, when cutting down your advertising budget, test out which outlets work best for you before deciding what to slash off the budget.
- That Extra Truck or Trailer. There’s no need to go out and pawn tools, but that other heavy duty truck you bought during the boom that costs $500 per month could probably go. A contractor needs his truck, but two? The same goes for trailers and other superfluous equipment. It’s all part of trimming the fat and balancing a budget.
- Office Space. It’s probably getting hard on a lot of contractors to pay for separate office space. As much as we all hate to see empty buildings lining city streets, is an office really necessary for your company? Perhaps it is, but many contractors could just as easily handle paperwork at home, especially since most meetings are held on job sites anyway.