For many businesses in locations with moderate climates, winter is a season that brings fewer jobs and contracts. It doesn’t have to be that way! Construction companies across the U.S. have started to discover that this perceived offseason holds a different set of opportunities.
Some business owners have found that cold-weather services, like snow and ice removal, help maintain consistent cash flow throughout the year. If you’re looking to maintain steady revenue during the cooler months of the year, consider growing your business with winter work using these best practices.
Before you go all-in on accepting winter jobs, take some time to plan ahead and make sure your business, machines and staff can make it through the offseason. To get started, review your business plan and determine what kinds of wintertime jobs make sense.
At the end of the day, profitability in the offseason comes down to managing operating costs and maximizing the utilization of the equipment you rent or own. The winter season is often unpredictable, with large variations of snowfall year over year, so ensure that you have a financial cushion to get you through any possible scenario.
After you have redefined your business plan and identified your equipment needs, it’s time to assess your fleet, regardless of whether you have added new equipment or are sticking with your current fleet.
This step will ensure that you’re fully prepared to take on the drastically different working conditions that wintertime brings.
Things to consider:
- Are you picking up snow with a bucket and loading it into a truck, requiring extra lift and reach, or are you moving/pushing snow into piles? A vertical lift machine is ideal if you are looking at loading snow into high-sided trucks. A radius lift machine works well at mid-range or lower working heights.
- Will you be switching between multiple attachments while removing snow? If so, consider looking at a machine that has a power attachment system, which allows you to quickly switch between non-hydraulic attachments.
Construction companies don’t have to throw in the towel for the year once the cold weather arrives. Before winter comes, start thinking about how your business can adapt to work in snowy conditions. All it takes is a bit of careful planning, proper machine maintenance and an operator-focused mindset. It could be the key to increasing revenue and steadying profits year-round.
What makes a Lyon Auction unique is that all of the equipment is in the same location. Companies are able to liquidate a large fleet of vehicles in a single auction. Lyon Auction is able to help well-known companies from the conception to the conclusion of the auction. This makes it headache-free and as enjoyable as possible for both the seller and buyer. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us, we’re listening!