You’re probably aware that businesses can operate at any time during the day or night, particularly in construction. At times, you may consider bidding on projects that require you to work on the weekends. You might even decide that you’d prefer to work a weekend schedule. Here are a few things to think about before you determine your availability.
It’s easy to think that running a business on the weekends could be an easy way to complete more projects and possibly even start your business while you still have a full-time job. But unless you are planning to do all the work by yourself, you’ll need to confirm that you have workers available to do projects on the weekend. Construction can happen at any time, and in some cases it’s better to operate on weekends or weekday evenings. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be able to find people who want to work that schedule. It’s worth asking potential employees what works best for them before you make a decision.
Reasonable Working Schedule
Before you start counting all of the extra projects that you could do with weekend work, it’s a good time to evaluate what you consider a reasonable working schedule. As a general rule, most people expect to work no more than 40 hours per week. That is usually spread out across several days, and some of those days could include the weekend. But if you’re also thinking that you will be doing work during the week, you might be setting yourself up for more than you can manage long-term. Think about the number of hours that you can reasonably work, and see how that affects the number of days you want to be operating your business.
Once you start lining up projects, you can evaluate the logistics of scheduled labor to see how weekend work might fit. In some cases, operating more than five days a week provides you with the ability to stagger work schedules. That way, if you have tasks that must be completed in tandem, you’re not losing the weekend in order to get them done. But again, you’ll need to make sure that you can schedule those tasks in such a way that the workers or professionals you’ve hired are available at the time that you need them.
You may have the ability to operate your business seven days a week. But you should consult local guidelines to determine if they place any limitations on the type of work you do, and the time you’re most likely to do it. Local guidelines usually set restrictions on the things you can do in particular areas as they relate to these categories:
- Environmental Concerns
For example, if you’re mostly working in residential areas, you may have a shorter duration of work that you can do on the weekends, particularly if it generates a lot of noise.
Running your own business does give you a lot of opportunities to choose your own path, so it’s smart to evaluate your own personal preference. Many people like to work a schedule that includes the weekend, because it affords them more opportunities to do things in their off-hours during the week. If you’re used to working a schedule like that, or if you’d like to work a schedule like that, you may be able to make it a priority. Just make sure that you can get enough projects to run through the weekend, without having to compromise too much on the type of work you want to do.
Choosing to work on the weekends isn’t necessarily a requirement for running a contracting business. But for some people, it’s a perk. For more information about how you can become a construction professional, contact CSLS today!