2. Get Proper Tree Climbing & Tree Cuttings Skills! – Proper tree climbing and tree cutting skills will give you more work, better profitability and fewer work mishaps because a decent skill-set will:
i). Reduce risk of personal injury
ii). Cut lost business days inept operations and injury
iii) Improve your market reputation as a safe, competent operator
No-one argues that tree removal and tree trimming is not one of the most dangerous trades in the country, even more hazardous than roofing. There are countless online examples of failed tree felling incidents, horrible injuries and worse unfortunately. TCIA records around 200 deaths from tree work every year.
So you must have tree climbing and tree cutting skills to reduce the risk. Personal injury will stall your business progress and put its future at risk. So you simply must get professional training. Go work for the best operation you can find, absorb as much as you can and study for the ultimate ‘climbing arborist’ qualification. This approach will give you the best possible foundation for your young business. Join your local Arborist Society too to network with the professional independents and pick up more, best practice in the industry.
If you’re not allowed to climb trees on the job, show that you have studied the basics to accelerate your learning whilst employed.
As well as reducing the risk, a well-honed skill set will enable you to do a better job for customers. It’ll help you decide when to climb and when to use the bucket. Better service for your customers is the key to a long term, durable business. Build your reputation from the start and it’ll build your business for you …almost.