A Day In The Deck Business
A nice thing about the deck business is that no two weeks are ever the same.
I will try to explain a week starting in April/May, which is generally the busiest time of year.
Monday & Wednesday
- 7:00 a.m. – Meet or call builder to review day & work.
- 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Time for coffee number two and planning and designing time.
- 9:00 – 12:00p.m. – Work with building crew to assemble deck.
- 12:00 – 12:30p.m. – Eat Lunch, while replying to emails on your cell phone.
- 12:30 – 3:00p.m. – Continue working with building crew.
- 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Design a deck or two while taking a few breaks to make sales calls. On to coffee number three.
- 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Home for clean-up, rest, and family meal. Keep your phone on silent, but glance at the screen when nobody is looking.
- 6:30 – 10:00p.m. – See two or three potential customers.
Tuesday & Thursday
- 7:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Full day with building crew.
- 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. – Home for clean up, rest, and family meal.
- 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. – At home preparing design work and estimates.
- 7:00 a.m. – Meet / call builder to review day & week.
- 7:30 – 10:00 a.m.- Planning and designing time or early sales call.
- 10:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Work with building crew.
- 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Out on sales call, if required.
- After 5 p.m. – Off with family. Helping the spouse put up wallpaper, then take the dog out for an evening walk.
- 8:00 – 2:00 p.m. – As many first and second sales calls as required.
- 2:00 p.m. – Off with family – visiting the inlaws, and barbecuing up some burgers for the kids.
- Take the day off. Whether for religious reasons or family/personal reasons, we suggest taking one day per week off from work. It’s good for your mental health, and being refreshed makes you bounce back into the new week easier.
(Repeat for 10-20 weeks.)
In the fall there are a lot less sales calls so fewer evenings are required. In the winter months usually no building is going on so all your time is reviewing the past year, planning, hiring and interviewing, making business contacts (other trades) and small amount of sales. This is a great time for training, both with head office and on your own.