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Read here for tips on keeping your work truck professional.

Once you decide that you don’t want to work for the other guy anymore and you launch a construction business, you realize that there’s more to it than just hiring a crew and obtaining licenses and permits.

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Primarily, it means that, as the owner, you have to go out and find the customers and bid the jobs. That means looking the part. In other words, you’re going to have to dress neatly and act professionally. What’s more, you’re going to need a well-ordered and good looking work truck.

This isn’t to say that your truck needs to be all pimped out. However, it does mean that there are a few things you can do to make it presentable when you pull into a potential customer’s driveway.

Equip Your Work Truck for an Emergency

You’re the one who is going to be going into different areas to find clients for your construction business. Therefore, along with having a cellphone, you need to equip your truck for an emergency if one should happen. You never know when you might get stuck on the side of the road, waiting for a tow truck to arrive. From a tool kit and flashlight to emergency light bars for trucks so other drivers can see you, being prepared is something every owner should consider.

Keep It Clean

While this one should be a no-brainer, we still need to bring this up.

Yes, it’s a work truck. No, it doesn’t have to be perfect. However, you need to wash your truck, inside and outside, on a weekly basis. Above all, the outside needs to look nice.

It’s always good to look professional when you visit a potential customer. However, can you really do that if your truck is caked in mud? Or when the customer walks by, they can see litter inside, including fast food wrappers and trash?

So keep it clean. You’ll be surprised what clients notice when you’re giving them a bid on a job.

Keep Up with the Maintenance

You get busy. That’s understandable, especially when you’re just starting out in your own construction business. However, that’s no excuse for not keeping up with the oil changes and the other upkeep your work truck needs.

Think about it. If your truck breaks down on the side of the road and you can’t get to a job, how does that make you look to the customer? Therefore, keep up with the maintenance and you’ll be early every time.

Protect Yourself and Your Reputation

It happens. People go out with their buddies on Friday, after they complete a big job. They have a few beers, and the next thing you know, someone gets busted for DUI.

So protect yourself, your business, and your reputation by making sure you get your an interlock installation on all your company vehicles. Make sure this can’t happen to your team. After all, drinking and driving can quickly ruin the business you’ve worked so hard for.

Above All, Keep Your Work Truck Professional

These are just a few of the ways you can fix up your work truck to be professional when bidding jobs. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

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