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Oct 26, 2022
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How to Survive Construction Business Seasonality

One of the most difficult aspects of owning your own company is having to adapt to fluctuating business challenges. For many companies, business comes in cycles.  Some months are extremely busy where it seems almost impossible to keep up with demand. Then, you can have seasons where business slows down and things are too quiet. While all businesses experience some degrees of seasonal ebbs and flows, the construction industry is particularly impacted by slower sales during the colder months.

So how can your construction company make the most of the slow season and come out on top? Consider these tips:

Offer Seasonal Promotions or Discounts

Indoor jobs like bathroom or kitchen remodels, flooring installation, or painting can still be done during the wintertime. Offer your customers special seasonal promotions or discounts to incentivize them to get these services done during your off-season.

Attend Networking Events, Tradeshows, or Conferences

Attending events like tradeshows or conferences are useful for a few reasons. They provide great opportunities for you to network with others in your industry and can help you stay up to date on the latest trends.

These events are also an excellent way to get in front of potential customers during the off-season. Remember to stay in touch with them after the tradeshow. This will help you remain top of mind when the warmer weather returns and they’re ready to begin their construction project.

Be Flexible and Expand Your Services

Being flexible and having an open approach towards new ideas and strategies is so important for small business owners. Things are constantly changing, and for construction businesses to thrive during the slow season or any difficult challenge, they have to adapt to the times and have a contingency plan.

One way to stay busy and keep bringing in revenue during the off-season is by expanding your services. Consider temporarily pivoting to areas where you make use of some of the resources and equipment that you already own. Services like snow removal, winterizing lawn sprinkler systems, and cleaning air ducts all need to be done in colder weather. You could even consider offering holiday decorating services and the installation of outdoor Christmas lights.

Secure Funding

Use the slow season to secure funding to give you the financial tools you need to keep building your business. Having extra capital in place before the busy season can really give you a leg up on your competition. You can either use the funds to:

  • Keep things rolling while business is slow
  • Hire and train new employees
  • Negotiate materials at an off-season discounted rate

Or you can use your funds later when business picks up to:

  • Pay subcontractors
  • Cover payroll
  • Manage cash flow
  • Pay operating costs
  • Make tax payments
  • Consolidate debt
  • Take on additional projects
  • Manage safety standards
  • Cover unexpected costs

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