New Year’s Resolutions aren’t just for your personal life. January is the best time to get your trades business pointed in the right direction and ensure that 2019 will be your best year yet. We’ve identified the building blocks you can put in place to set yourself up for a killer 2019.

Get Your Equipment in Order

With many trades and tradies taking part of January off for some well-deserved rest and relaxation, it’s an ideal time to make sure the equipment that does the heavy lifting for you is in top working order.

A busted machine can cost you days of work and potentially thousands of dollars in earnings if it fails at a busy time of the year. Take advantage of the lull to get things serviced, replaced, or updated as needed and save yourself the stress later in the year.

Dollar Dollar Bills

There are dozens of ways you can set yourself up to better accept non-cash payments if you aren’t already doing so, from options offered by the banks to independent providers of mobile card readers. Commonwealth Bank, Square, Stripe and NAB all have good options to consider.

Get Trendy

Keep on top of the trends in your industry and get a head-start on your competition. There are plenty of tools out there to help you work smarter, not harder.

One of the most important things to understand is how to find work effectively. And that means knowing where customers go to look for you, and how they find you.

The other important thing is having a good network of peers. Goodwork is a great place to connect with like-minded tradies to keep yourself across the latest in your area and build a strong professional network to keep in your back pocket.

Understand Your Customers

Set up a way to get customer feedback after a job is done. That way, you can identify if there are any common themes in your feedback that you can fix, or really ramp up the things that people love about your service. It’s also an excellent way to stay in contact and get repeat work, which is much easier than trying to find new clients all the time. We love using Typeform for feedback at goodwork!

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