Is Remote Work a Good Choice for Your Contracting Business?

If remote work sounds like something you can only do if you have an office job, it’s time to rethink it. In 2020, many construction professionals realized that they can do more than they expected from the comfort and convenience of home. Although you obviously need to be at the job site for certain aspects of the work, some tasks offer flexibility. Here are a few ways to determine whether remote work might be a good choice for your contracting business.

You Have Access to a Workspace at Home
In order to do remote work, you have to have a place to do it. Many people set aside a room of their homes, or even a corner of a room, for working. It doesn’t have to be large or very complicated, especially if most of the work that you’re planning to do at home will be done by computer or another device. More than anything, you want to be sure that you can have minimal disruption and an appropriate working environment. Think about lighting, noise and physical comfort. If you can stay there for several hours without becoming uncomfortable or distracted, it may be a good possibility.

You Can Limit Onsite Work
When people start evaluating remote work as an option, they often begin by determining how often they would need to go to an office or job site. If you have to spend all of your time at the job site, remote work might not be a practical choice. But for a lot of people, working at the job site was more about tradition than convenience or efficacy. If you can do some of the work remotely and plan to spend a few days a week at the job site, you may save time and the hassle of commuting to a different place when you don’t need to.

You Don’t Need a Specialized Workspace
In some cases, there is no replacement for a workshop or construction site. If most of the work you do calls for access to large equipment, you may not be able to do it at home. On the other hand, there are plenty of tasks related to your contracting business that may not require a specialized workspace. For example, you could set aside time for remote work on these jobs:

These things can be done from the comfort of home, saving you the time and energy you spend by doing them in another location.

You Can Use Collaboration Software
Having a remote workforce is similar to scheduling construction work in teams that operate on different schedules. You need to make sure that everyone can collaborate with each other so that the people who are working on the job site have the most current information. In most cases, that will call for some kind of collaboration software that is accessible to everyone on the team and saved electronically, probably somewhere in the Cloud. Software like this is a great idea for your business generally because it also allows you to provide updates to clients who may not go to the job site very frequently.

You Can Bring Tools and Equipment With You
Of course, doing remote work doesn’t entirely divide your day between working with equipment and working with computers. Some aspects of your contracting business might be as easy to do at home as they would be on the job site or in the office. For example, if you have a construction vehicle that holds most of your equipment and supplies for certain jobs, you can maintain the vehicle and restock it almost anywhere.

Considering the possibility of remote work for your contracting business is a great way to simplify practices and save money on expenses. For more information about becoming a licensed contractor, visit CSLS today!