In the training manual Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Riding by Conrad Dent (not to be confused with the iconic American novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig), Dent explains that riders need to be, “equipped to handle unforeseen conditions.” Although Dent is talking about motorcycle riding, he could just as easily be describing a day on the job of a plumber and drain cleaning professional working a cable machine through a drain line.
Being a plumber or drain cleaner means being mobile. From switching between cleaning, jetting or inspecting tasks to traveling from job site to job site, this profession depends on your mobility, so your equipment should support being on the go. You can’t do your job without your equipment, and you can’t use your equipment if you can’t get it out of your truck. Staying injury free also plays a large role in keeping you going, so portability considerations help you make obstacles easier on yourself and on your equipment.
What’s your strategy for a successful 2019? Here’s a list of nine things you can do to grow your plumbing and drain cleaning business. Make 2019 a year for the record books!
If you’re responsible for sewer and manhole inspection for a small town or a rural community, it’s likely that you don’t have the same budget or resources as larger municipalities. You might think the only way to get inspection capability is through expensive equipment. However, if you know which factors to look for, inspection capability doesn’t have to be a budget breaker—in fact, compared to hiring an inspection contractor, it can save your town money in the long run. Consider the following factors when evaluating your options.
Your website creates the first impression many customers will have of your business. Thankfully, designing an attractive and professional website is easier than ever, and following a few simple rules can keep your site looking neat, put together, and approachable. This article is second in a two part series. Check out Developing Your Business Website for tips and tricks on how to start building your website and the information you should include.
The year is nearing its end. Have you taken advantage of the tax breaks available to plumbers and drain cleaners?
Not too long ago, people relied on word of mouth or the phone book to find a plumber or drain cleaner. Now, customers are more likely to search online. If you don’t have a website, you may be overlooked. In fact, research shows six out of ten consumers expect businesses to have an online presence, and more than half of these consumers head straight to a company’s website when they want information.
The young people aging into the workforce are causing quite a stir. Commentators love to write off Generation Y, or millennials, (born approximately 1980 through the mid-1990s) and Generation Z (born roughly between 1996 and 2013) as unreliable and lazy. But while there are a few bad apples in any group, it’s not a label that should be applied to entire generations.
These traits can be found in people from every generation! Millennials' length of time at a job is no shorter than Gen X-ers when they were entering the workforce, according to a Pew Research study. The tendency to "job-hop" is not a problem with the people born during a certain decade: it’s an age-group flaw. But it is true that these up-and-coming generations are changing the workforce. For the trade industry, these changes can be jarring.