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Old 02-15-2017, 02:13 PM   #31
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"What do I do when I think a bit of slow time is a coming?"
>When you're thought of being good at what you do it is because you must take pride in your workmanship. Word gets around and as a result you're as busy as you want to be regardless of season. Still, you can't control the economy, and part of my product relies on the discretionary spending of our customers. When it's not available to them then it's not available to you. This knows no particular season. Fortunately for us, not necessarily for our customers, the other part of our product consists of emergency repairs and installs, these also know no season, and represent your work base. When thoughtfully scheduling your work week, the discretionary product is used to fill in between the emergency repairs/installs. This is your best hedge against "slower times". In the rare occasion where both slow down, well hell, then there's no better time than this time to clean, repair, and re-organize your tools and service your vehicles. That's always fun too.
That said, I love Milwaukee equipment and use it almost exclusively.
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Old 02-15-2017, 08:02 PM   #32
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I am A plumber for a real estate management company. When we get slow we do preventative maintenance inspections.
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Old 02-16-2017, 07:53 AM   #33
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After 35 years in the Plumbing and Heating business there are 3 predictable periods throughout the year when we get slow in my area. First, is the holidays. Most people are preoccupied with family, shopping, and prepping for the holidays. They tend to put off most jobs to be done, except emergencies, obviously. If we have a cold snap, sometimes it can a bit hectic. Second would be the end of the school year. When the kids get out, the wife and children usually head down to their beach houses for the summer. The husbands get to commute down on the weekends. Third would be the month or so leading up to dreaded, April 15th ! People tend to get worried and hold their Benjamins close, they never know what their accountant will surprise them with. I know how they feel !! Usually when it is slow, it means it is get the projects that need to be done around my own house. The old saying, "A shoemaker's children......"
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We do not have a slow season, but we do experience slow days on occasions.

If it is a four hour window of time:

Deep clean the front of the truck / dash area. Wash truck & oil changes.
Restock truck - eliminate excess truck stock.
Separate scrap copper.
Sweep / clean-up shop.


If it is a two hour window of time:

Schedule plumbing inspections.
Follow up on previous inspections to schedule work.
Track down specialty items for estimates.
Meetings to discuss what is working / what isn't. Ideas, tricks, tips.

Sometimes we just relax knowing that it is the calm before the storm.
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Summer time the ac calls come in. As a apprentice I try to study anything that apply to the plumbing trade.
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Slow time is usually in the Winter though some can be busy with emergency calls for burst pipes. Down time I usually post a small ad somewhere for plumbing services as well as other trades I have learned over the years. I snake a lot of drains too lol.
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I seem to get busiest when people need a plumber.
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Old 02-19-2017, 01:35 PM   #38
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During a slow time, as an employee, If I finish all the jobs for the day when I get to the shop I'll clean my truck and organize to be ready for the next day. If all that is done then I start on the shop, make a list of stock that we are low on and don't have
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What do I do when I think a bit of slow time is a coming?

I took a few years off just before the recession hit. I knew it was coming, why didn't everyone else know? Spent four years in Mexico.

So when I'm slow I find some cheap airfare and visit my friends.
World class fishing, beautiful women and cheap cold beer.
( The exchange rate is fantastic now).

The food, the weather, the people are all great. That's what I do when I'm slow.
To add to my previous post and answer the question fully I have to tell you when my busy time is. I never know. I do emergency drain cleaning. Tough to predict when it's going to hit the fan. Want some slow time? Only answer the phone when it's a past (good) client.
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Yes we do. Work on systems, organization, etc. Make "happy calls" to customers and ask for referrals.
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