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2020 roundup: Top 5 business tips for tradies

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2020 is finally coming to an end, and you’re hopefully going to have a few extra hours to relax during the holiday season. You might also be taking stock of your business — if you’re a sole trader, a small business owner or an apprentice. 

Here are our top 5 business tips for you as you roll into the new year: 

1.Update your Google listing

Operating as a sole trader or running a small business is hard enough without having to think about how to get more eyes on your business. One of the easiest things you can do is correctly set up your Google business listing. It’s free and easy — and something you can do even when you don’t have as much work coming in. 

Read Business 101: update your Google business listing

2.Go digital

Do you tend to keep quotes written on scraps of paper, or worse, just in your head? There’s a better way of invoicing and managing your day-to-day business than pen and paper, or even Excel — job management software.

It allows tradies to access services needed to grow their business, have a more consistent team experience and leave less money on the table due to poor bookkeeping. It can give you back a lot of free time spent on admin. Most importantly, job management software will help you give your customer a better experience, which can often lead to more loyal and more confident customers. 

Read Work smarter, not harder

3.Ask yourself the right questions before hiring an apprentice 

Now that the construction industry is getting back to normal, you might be asking why you should and how you can hire an apprentice. Find out if building out your crew is right for you.

Asking the right questions, like ‘Do I have enough work to justify hiring someone else?’ or ‘How much am I willing to pay?’ will help guide you on how to recruit an apprentice or if you can take one on at all. 

Read Thinking about hiring an apprentice?

4.Get on the socials

Social media is one of the fastest and easiest ways to communicate with large groups of people, expand your network, and gain new clients or job opportunities. When it comes to your network, no matter how long you’ve been a tradie, social media is one of the strongest tools you have. If you aren’t already using it for work, learn how you can quickly get started.

Read Why social media is important for tradies

5.Get help if you need it

Each state and territory has had to navigate COVID-19 a bit differently, so we’ve done a round-up of various packages and offerings from each that may help you get back on your feet or help grow your small business. Find out more about how local governments are helping businesses get back to normal. 

Read What resources exist for small businesses in your state or territory?

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