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Is A Busy Installer A Better Installer?

It almost seems counter-intuitive to say that a busy installer is a better choice.

One might think that a “busy” installer has too much on his plate and that his level of service would be adversely affected.

But it is a fact of business (and of life) that “busy people” get things done.

How do you define what a “busy person” is?

The Las Vegas Sun did a pretty good job when writing a similar article a couple years ago.

Here’s how they defined it:

“…a busy person is one who is sought after for his specific specialty because he does it well. He is the one who always has something to do and he is the one everyone chooses to help them when a task needs to be accomplished. He is not the unorganized, multi-tasker who swoops in with a flurry of activity but never really accomplishes much beyond creating chaos. The busy person I refer to is a performer and, because of his ability, is busy. He works on important things, not just busywork!”

The article went on to say that busy people are organized, they are able to delegate, they are planners of their work, and they are driven.

mirrors on stairsA quality window treatment installer meets all of those criteria. Let’s face it, the business of properly installing window treatments is a niche within the niche of interior design and home decorating.

Ask any designer and they will tell you that a good installer is almost priceless. So it is not uncommon for an installer that is self-employed to work with 5, 10, 20 different designers.

Usually the more skilled the installer is — and the better their reputation is — the busier that installer is likely to be.

Most of those same designers do not mind having to book their installation projects three or four days in advance because they know the quality of the workmanship they will receive compared to the first available “handyman” to answer an ad on Craigslist.

As a matter of fact, it would not be incorrect to question the situation if the installer was not busy for more than a few days – even in a down economy. Because even when the economy is bad, a quality installation professional is networking, looking for new markets to enter, considering ways to provide new services to fill other needs, and making plans for the future.


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James A. Holloway

James A. Holloway has been working in the window coverings industry since 2001 but it wasn't until 2009 that he took the leap and started his own installation business.

In 2011, he created the "Window Treatment Installers Network" a online forum for window treatment professionals.

In 2013 he began writing for window coverings blog called TraVerse.

And in 2014 he was recruited by the Custom Home Furnishings Academy to teach their Installation 101 Curriculum .
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