The Clean Boot Blog
I like to pride myself in doing a great job that leaves my customers happy. Often times, my customers and other guys on the job wonder how I get so much done as efficiently as I do. So here are the main secrets that I use to save time on the job site. I would have made a lot more money if I knew these tips when I was fresh into the trades. Here are the tips in short. If you’d like to read each step in depth, check out my articles page. https://www.thecleanboot.ca/articles-information
1.) Plan Your Job Efficiently and Effectively –
Take your time quoting every job, take proper measurements, take pictures and jot notes
2.) Get Picky about Your Materials
Make a list, don’t miss any materials, know where to get materials at the best price, order specialty materials well in advance.
3.) Plan Your Route to the Jobsite
Use GPS, avoid high-traffic routes and routes with too many traffic lights, plan all your stops in a circle so you don’t have to backtrack.
4.) Plan Your Clothing
Check the weather report, lay out your clothing the night before
Work Smarter Not Harder
5.) Always Stick to Your Plans
Use your detailed notes, sketches and pictures, you’ll waste time if you deviate from your original intuitive plans
6.) Finish One Thing Before Starting the Next
Don’t allow yourself to get side-tracked, multi-tasking can sometimes be less efficient,
7.) Have Appropriate Tools for the Job Handy
Get off your wallet and buy quality tools, put your name on your tools, don’t borrow other contractors tools (they hate this), keep your tools in a common spot
8.) Communicate with Other Trades and SubTrades
Give notice to other tradespeople on the job, use your list of what has to be done and give people adequate notice
9.) Communicate with your Customer
Make sure your customer fully understands their quote, put everything in writing, touch base with customers everyday on the job, contact your customer after the job is finished so they promote you through word of mouth marketing
10.) Clean As You Go
Use neoprene safety boot covers like the CleanBoot, bring rags, garbage bags, a broom and a vacume with you, tidy your mess at the end of each day
Check out more details about these tips here https://www.thecleanboot.ca/articles-information
Let me know if you have any tips to add!!!
Here’s a little bit about my experience auditioning for the Dragon’s Den today!
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Dragon’s Den, it is a Canadian television show that showcases aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs as they pitch their products to five of Canada’s biggest multi-millionaires. If selected on the show, the Dragon’s offer their support to these entrepreneurs through their connections, investment loans, and marketing expertise.
The Dragon’s Den is now in the process of sending their producers throughout Canada, in search of the next products to hit the market BIG.
This morning I packed up my gear and headed down to Georgian College to promote the CleanBoot. I anticipated waiting a long time to pitch the CleanBoot; however, they called me up first! As you can imagine I was a little bit nervous. My plans to set up an elaborate visual display to show the benefits of the CleanBoot neoprene safety boot covers changed because the location of the room ended up being on the third floor of the building. Regardless, the pitch went great!
I walked into the room, introduced myself to the junior producers, had a couple of laughs and let them know why the CleanBoot is a product that simply makes sense for contractors on so many different levels. The product is washable, re-usable, and an environmentaly friendly option to the competition which is a paper and plastic model, that tears and leaks. The CleanBoot also has a patented non-slip grip sole so that contractors can continue to maintain the integrity of their safety boots (so they are covered by their insurance), while keeping their customer’s homes clean.
During the pitch, the junior producers were both professional and practical. They seemed to really ‘get’ the product. After the pitch they collected samples of the CleanBoot, and took a photo with me and my promotional materials.
I should hear back quite soon about whether the CleanBoot will be showcased on the Dragon’s Den next season. I’m excited about the possibilities that an opportunity like working with the Dragon’s will bring forth. I had a great vibe about today’s audition, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the CleanBoot makes it on the show. It is a product that has really helped me in my electrical contracting business, and from the popularity I’ve witnessed this product, I know that it will continue to help other contractors benefit in the same way!
Wish me luck!