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Useful ways for tradies to fill gaps in their week

Published on 16th February 2023

As a tradesperson, it's not uncommon to have gaps in your workweek. These can be caused by a variety of factors, such as delays in the construction process, changes in the scope of a project, or simply a lack of new work. However, it's important to find ways to fill these gaps in order to keep your business running smoothly. Here are a few tips to help tradespeople fill gaps in their workweek.


  1. Networking: One of the best ways to fill gaps in your workweek is to network and market your business. Attend industry events, join trade associations, and connect with other professionals in your field. This will help you find new clients and projects, and keep your business running smoothly.
  2. Review your marketing: Get on top of marketing your business. Here’s an article we wrote about marketing ideas for tradies on a budget
  3. Subcontracting: Subcontracting for other tradespeople can also be a great way to fill gaps in your workweek. One off subbie gigs also often leads to ongoing work as well. If you want to be discovered for subcontracting or other commercial work opportunities, consider creating a listing on Subbie Buddy to showcase your services.
  4. Offer maintenance services: Another way to fill gaps in your workweek is to offer maintenance services to your existing clients. This could include cleaning, painting, or minor repairs for example. Not only does this help fill gaps in your schedule, but it also helps build a positive ongoing relationship with your clients.
  5. Take on small projects: Small projects can be a great way to fill gaps in your workweek. These could include simple tasks like installing a light fixture or fixing a leaky faucet. Not only do they help fill gaps in your schedule, but they can also be a good source of income.
  6. Diversify your services: Diversifying your services can be a great way to fill gaps in your workweek. This could include branching out into different areas of expertise or offering new services, such as energy-efficient upgrades or home automation systems.
  7. Get ontop of paperwork: It's not fun, but it's a necessary part of running a business. Some downtime in the work is a great opportunity to get ontop of emails and paperwork.
  8. Evaluate processes: It's always a good idea to every so often, take a step back and evaluate the processes in your business. What works well? What doesn't work well? What could run more smoothly? It's easy to get stuck in a rut of bad processes with thinking much of it. Refining any cumbersome processes could save time and help fit in any of the other points in this article.
  9. Learn new skills: Time put into yourself is a great investment. This could include taking a course or attending a workshop to learn new techniques, business skills or technologies. Not only will this help you fill gaps in your schedule, but it will also make you more valuable to your clients.

By following these tips, tradies can find ways to fill gaps in their workweek and keep their business running smoothly. Remember to always be on the lookout for new opportunities, and to be open to new ways of working. With a little bit of effort and creativity, you can turn gaps in your workweek into a profitable and sustainable business.

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