With spring and summer quickly approaching, we’re getting ramped up for the busy season.
*Que ‘The Final Countdown’ by Europe.
I have a love-hate relationship with winter. I absolutely LOVE the holiday season and spending time with family, but, I absolutely LOATHE the stress winter brings.
Winter in the construction industry can be brutal and no matter how much you plan ahead, there’s always something new that just adds to the list of strain. Anyone who works out in the elements in the Pacific Northwest can probably relate.
Washington weather in the winter (say that five times fast) is SO unpredictable. Is it going to dump snow this year or just straight up black ice on the roads for the next 3-4 months? Will there be constant rain and high winds that cause floods and landslides?
Either way, any jobs that were planned are now delayed.
Some will say “well then shut down for the winter.”
My response to that is usually something like “how do you pay your bills AND keep a good crew on when you shut down from November- February? You don’t!”
Winter can be hard, but it also gives us a chance to reframe our vision. I am extremely thankful that we haven’t needed to lay anyone off in the time we’ve been in business nor had clients back out of jobs due to the delays of the weather. I also love that I am able to slow down and work ON the business rather than IN it, since I have a lot more free time on my hands.
Plus, I have the freedom to leave work early and hang out with my kids. Owning a construction business in a state that has all the seasons will definitely give you a few gray hairs, but at the end of the day I wouldn’t change a thing. We have an awesome crew and there’s no doubt in my mind that we are going to rock it. Bring on the Spring and Summer!