Most business owners struggle not being able to be at more than one place at a time. When there’s large areas to cover and only so many people to cover them, your snow business might be pressed to look for external help to cover those contracts you’ve taken on. This is where subcontractors pop into the scene.
Subcontractors help smoothen over the processes of staffing, and allow your snow business to grow to keep up with the demand. While subcontractors aren’t direct employees, they represent your company while on sites completing the service you agreed on providing your clients. We’ll outline how to hire subcontractors for the snow season, and what you should be looking for when bringing on subcontractors into your snow business.
Keeping wages competitive is key to any industry whether you’re a business or a subcontractor. While it’s easy to pay the cheapest subcontractor, you might get what you pay for, and that’s not always the most positive thing when your snow business’ reputation is on the line. There’s nothing wrong with taking advantage of a good deal, but you should primarily base your hiring on reputation, capabilities, insurance, and equipment. As the contract holder, you are liable, so make sure you’re making the right hire.
Identifying the right talent is essential, but it means nothing if they don’t have the insurance to operate in snow season. One of the biggest issues for snow businesses are slip & fall issues, and those issues can ruin a business if insurance isn’t there to cover the damages. When vetting subcontractors, it’s imperative to know whether or not they have valid insurance for the season, and that their other important documentation like licenses and certifications are up to date.
There is nothing wrong with using websites to do some of the heavy lifting for your snow business to hire subcontractors. It’s not as easy as it used to be to ask around for referrals, especially now that there’s more work than there are people to offer the services. Utilize some of the obvious websites like Craigslist, Kijiji, and Indeed to help host your job postings with the qualifications you’re looking for to bring onto the team for the snow season. Check other contractor speciality sites like homestars.com, even though they’re catered more to connecting contractors to home or commercial business owners.
The LMN Team is gearing up for winter, and we’ve scheduled workshops to get snow business owners the info they need to get ready for the first snowfall. Sign up today to register for LMN’s Snowday: Build a Better Snow Business workshop!