Contractor tips: 3 ways to stand out from the crowd

Updated: Dec 12, 2019

According to the House of Commons there are 2.4 million construction industry jobs in the UK. With so much competition out there we thought it'd be a great idea to share some of our experience and provide three ways to stand out from the crowd when you're a working contractor in the aluminium facades industry.

Tip 1:

Share your Diary. Keeping a record of where you are and what you're doing is fundamental when coordinating between different operatives. At QGS we provide this functionality to all our subcontractors but it's not commonplace. Bonus Tip: Even if you're an apprentice it still pays to keep a diary.

Tip 2:

Create End of Day Reports. This is absolutely critical to companies who hire lots of subcontractors, creating End of Day Reports on the work you've undertaken / completed makes it easier on both sides - especially when it comes to getting paid! QGS provides an electronic system for reporting but even if you don't have access to a bespoke system it's good to get in the habit of documenting your work; take before/after pictures, write a little description of any surprises - it all helps!

Tip 3:

Remember who you're working for. There may be occasions when there's a loud-and-proud Site Manager shouting and asking you to do things you hadn't planned on doing. If this ever happens make sure to pick up the phone and talk to your clients first; check they're happy for you to go ahead with the additional work before undertaking it - and get it in writing before you do! It'll make claiming for payments a lot easier at the end of the project.

Of course there's no set rules on how you work but we work with hundreds of subcontract installers and generally, if they utilise the above tips then we usually offer repeat work.

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