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Inclement weather can instantly alter your plans!

1. The Scheduling Beast

Scheduling is the hub of everything contractors do, and it often becomes a challenge. In this podcast, John Busick explains the elements that come into play, such as adverse weather and weather events, when building out your schedule.

“Scheduling is one of every contractor’s greatest challenges. If your business is ready to grow or if it is already growing, scheduling can be the battleground where the success of your company is decided. Really. But you know this. On this episode of Paint ED, John Busick of Kunst Painting and the co-founder of WorkGlue, talks with us about how scheduling is the hub of everything you do as a painting contractor. It affects everything from your bottom line to your company’s reputation and even team morale. Anyone who’s ever lost control of scheduling knows how quickly things can spiral. John has found ways to help.”

2. Upcoming Jobs and Capacity

You will create your schedule based on jobs you’ve received. It is important to determine your capacity and understand exactly how much work you can take on.

3. Customer Timing

When you create your schedule, you have to take into account the timing of the customer. Understand that some jobs may have to be done over the weekend or in the evening to meet the needs of your clients.

4. Weather

Inclement weather can instantly alter your plans. Always remember you might have to switch jobs around based on the daily forecast.

5. Assets

You should be mindful of your equipment when organizing your upcoming jobs. Make sure you have a detailed record and plan for where each truck, sprayer, lift and other equipment is going on a daily basis.

6. General Contractors

When working with general contractors, you are often subject to their deadlines. Keep their schedule in mind as you plan future jobs.

Want to create an efficient schedule? Listen to the podcast to hear more about the moving parts of your schedule and how to avoid mistakes.

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