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Getting The Most Out of Contractors (Tips For Tradies)

Posted by NextMinute on Feb 27, 2019 10:43:00 AM

Let's say you have got a construction project on the go, but the project scope also includes landscape design, which is not really your area of expertise.

Hiring a permanent employee for a short-term or one-off project doesn't make sense, but that's when contractors can add real value.

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Topics: Employee, Hiring, Staffing, Contractor

The 6 Golden Rules for Managing Trade Staff

Posted by NextMinute on Feb 23, 2019 10:39:00 AM

Running a trade business can be tiring sometimes.

Not only do you have to meet the clients' expectations to reduce clashes, but you also have to do all the paperwork, admin tasks and manage your trade staff, who could be at different locations.

But the question is: can you handle the jandal?

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Topics: Employee, Job Management, Time Management, Management

5 Things To Know When Hiring An Apprentice

Posted by NextMinute on Feb 9, 2019 5:39:00 PM

If you run a trade business, you’re more likely to come across the term ‘apprentice’.

Indeed, you’re shaping the future of this country by training the eager juniors into competent professionals.

Not to mention, you’ll also have some extra help with lesser costs.

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Topics: Staff, Employee, Hiring

Take Back Your Time: 4 Quickfire Tips for Small Businesses Managing Paperwork

Posted by NextMinute on Feb 2, 2019 2:42:00 PM


Your small trades business is up and running, you’ve got a decent number of employees working for you and business is growing steadily – but as your business grows, so do the demands of everyday paperwork and admin tasks.

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Topics: Admin, Employee, Job Management

3 Tips to Manage Remote Employees (Tradies)

Posted by NextMinute on Dec 12, 2018 5:26:00 PM


 It’s really hard to keep track of the remote employees when you run a small business and have so much to do by yourself. 

Really, after all the hectic paperwork, managing invoices and quotes accurately, providing the right information to the staff to get the job done and having a personal life - you most probably would not have the time and energy to manage remote employees.

So you think, “are my remote employees really working?”

“How do I make sure they’re doing their job?”

Managing all your team and subcontractors at once can be difficult because they’re probably on different job-sites. 

You could have workers situated at different sites across the city at any one time - it's complicated to keep tabs on their whereabouts and progress, right?

Fortunately technology has enabled us to better manage workers across jobs and across sites. But you cannot manage remote staff in the same way you manage your regular staff.  Hiring remote staff brings a unique set of challenges.

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Topics: Remote, Employee, Hiring, Staffing