Small business owners may hesitate to make capital improvements during difficult economic times. But plumbing repair firms, window installers, vending machine service and repair companies, pool maintenance crews and, especially, arborists, depend on their company vehicles. Here are four simple strategies to consider to enhance your bottom line by optimizing your company fleet.
1. Protect Your Tools
Even if you cannot afford to replace your entire vehicle at this time, you might want to consider upgrading the storage compartments for frequently-used items of equipment. To protect valuable tools from the damage inflicted by unnecessary exposure to rain, snow or dust, try and seek out sturdy metal tool compartments that have been primed with corrosion resistant materials. If you rely heavily on underbody storage, rotary latches and door chains protecting secure metal compartments may prevent accidental losses along the road.
2. Start with a Fuel Efficient Truck if Possible
Some startup ventures attempt to conserve resources by operating out of a small van or pick-up, or even a large automobile. Is this really a cost effective strategy? Upgrading transportation environment early can save money by allowing you to transport more parts and equipment to the job site in a single trip. Companies such as Western Truck Body MFG offer a wide variety of commercial vehicle selections, where many parts can be adapted for your particular industry’s specific needs.
3. Follow Safety Guidelines
Reasons businesses should adhere to safety guidelines include fewer accidents, happier workers and less litigation. The federal government offers some useful pointers on transportation safety at NHTSA.gov. Be sure to write policies that describe how each task should be done. If you don’t document your expectations, workers may use high-risk alternatives, and you leave your company open to legal repercussions if workers become injured.
4. Use Cranes for Work in High Places
Sadly, the Tree Care Industry Association (http://www.tcia.org) reports that arborists and loggers are significantly more likely than other occupations to suffer serious work-related injuries and deaths. Heights involve special hazards. So businesses that conduct most of their operations in high places should consider investing as soon as possible in cranes as one way to protect the safety of workers. Cranes can provide work platforms that reduce the need for ladders, help prevent falls and vastly improve line of vision. All these features may assist arborists and other high-altitude workers remain safe on the job.
The four businesses mentioned here all depend upon transportation. If you belong to one of these industries, you understand the paramount importance economical, safe transportation holds for your bottom line.