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10 Tips for Rainy Day Productivity

Rainy days can throw a wrench in your project schedule. Depending on the job, it may be unsafe to work in extremely wet conditions. It may even be downright destructive. Instead of losing the day, take advantage of the opportunity to catch up on your administrative and equipment maintenance to do lists.

Here's 10 tips to help you stay productive and even get ahead on rainy days.

1. Catch up on quotes/bids.

You've probably found yourself wishing for a few more hours in a day at least once or twice. This is especially true in small business management. You have to work in the present and plan for the future and that means keeping up with new prospects for work. Find that rainbow amidst the gloom that's changing your workload for the day and get those quotes out for upcoming opportunities.

2. Follow up with clients.

Have you recently finished a project? This is a great time to reach out to the client to make sure they are satisfied with the results. Keeping in touch with contacts with whom you have done past business is a great way to continue word of mouth advertising for your business, as well as, to obtain constructive feedback so that you can improve if needed.

3. Review outstanding invoices and follow up on collections.

Do you have a list of client invoices with outstanding balances? Sometimes a simple call as a reminder or to request payment is needed, but you don't always have the time to do it. If you're stuck inside, take a few moments to touch base with your past due clients.

4. Work on your schedule adjustments.

Your undoubtedly going to have to shuffle some of your projects if the day becomes a wash out. Take a look at future forecasts and gauge how you will reschedule these projects without major setbacks. Review project deadlines and contact customers to let them know your plans. Sometimes a simple contact to keep the customer informed is all it takes to make an average business transaction turn into and excellent one.