Whatever sector you happen to be working in, your work tools are going to be the life blood of your business. Large or small, however you work and whatever you do, the tools you need to complete the job are essential, and if they are not well maintained then you could start to lose customers, money, and your good reputation.
It’s important, therefore, to take care of your work tools in the right way, to ensure that they are always going to be there to work for you when you need them. They say a workman is only as good as his tools, so if you want to be the best and beat the competition, maintaining your tools is a vital part of running your business. Read on for ideas on how to do it.
Store Your Tools Properly
You might not have a lot of space, but however much room you have there is no excuse for dumping your tools into a box, or even on the floor, and grabbing them when you need them. This is how they will get damaged and it will cost you money to get them fixed or even to buy new ones if that’s what the situation demands. No business can afford to keep replacing tools when they have been damaged through poor storage – there is no reason for it to happen.
If you don’t have a lot of floor space, check your walls. Are you able to hang pegboards? Pegboards make excellent tool storage areas, and you can quickly and easily locate any individual tool you might need. Plus, you’ll immediately know if something is missing because you’ll spot the gap on the wall.
You could also keep your tools:
- In a toolbox
- In a chest
- In drawers
- On shelves
- In bags
Do whatever you have the most space for and whatever works for you, but don’t leave the tools lying around as damage and even theft can easily happen and then you won’t be able to work at all.
All tools from the smallest screwdriver to the largest piece of machinery are going to need regular maintenance. Add this to your schedule and carry out a check on everything on a regular basis – perhaps once a month. It will take time, especially if you have a lot of tools, but you’ll know afterwards that everything is working in the way it should be, and you’ll know that, when you need any of your tools or pieces of equipment, it will be in working order.
It will be useful to have certain pieces of equipment in your business that can be used to check the tools too because that way you can do the job yourself and not have to spend money on hiring someone to help you. Bubble detectors are useful for any tools that include hydraulics and tubes, and calibration machines will be essential for other pieces of machinery that need to be set to an exact measurement.
Clean After Every Use
Although cleaning your tools after every time you use them might seem like a chore and even excessive, it will pay dividends in the long term. If you simply put them away without at least wiping them down, they can become rusty and unusable. When you next need them, you could find that you are unable to do the job you are being hired for, and this will affect your reputation and your income.
Make it a rule that you clean up after every job and you’ll find the tools you need are always ready for use.