Take Your Time When Making Big Decisions

Having to wait can be a good thing when it comes to running a business, but make sure it’s not bogging you down too much

Waiting isn’t very fun, but you’re often doing it: waiting on customers to decide if they want to proceed with the repair, waiting on supplies or waiting on your next job assignment.

Waiting is a part of everyday life, and it’s something you have to get used to. But is there a way you can make it easier? Yes.

For example, why are you waiting for the supplies? Over this past year, we’ve had a few stories on inventory systems and hopefully you’ve taken some of those suggestions to heart and improved your inventory system. You should never have to wait for supplies. Keep your shop stocked correctly and you will have everything you need — even in emergencies.

Have a big project coming up? Order the supplies early to ensure they arrive by the time the project begins. That way you aren’t wasting your time, your employee’s time or your client’s time by waiting.

There are times, though, when waiting is a good thing: waiting to start a business, buy a new truck or equipment, and even hiring the next employee.

Why would it be good to wait on hiring the next employee? You don’t want to move too fast and hire the wrong person for the job. Hiring an employee can be one of the most important tasks you do for your growing company, but you want someone who is a good fit with your other employees and customers.

When starting a new business, you want to make sure you’ve evaluated all of your options and are not rushing into a decision just to do it. Take your time, take a deep breath and wait awhile as you really consider if starting your own company is something for you. If your whole heart isn’t into running a company, managing employees and getting business, then it’s best to wait until it is.


No more waiting here though; 2019 is about to come to a close as we’ve hit December. It’s a busy month for many. Don’t let it get too busy. You still need time for yourself, and your employees need time with their families.

This past year we ran the series Getting Down to Business that focused on tips one might need when starting a plumbing company. We’re going to continue to offer those tips into 2020. Do you have a tip or suggestion for those looking to start a business? It can be an overwhelming process to go through, and any help you offer could be a blessing for them.

I would also like to get more project stories in the pages of Plumber magazine in 2020. Do you have a project that your company undertook — whether it be a tough job or a unique one? Take some pictures of your projects and let me know about them.

I look forward to hearing from even more plumbing contractors in 2020. I can be reached at editor@plumbermag.com or at 715-350-8436.

Enjoy this issue, and have a safe holiday season!


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