Consider purchasing a custom designed patio before summer this year.

Make the most of your summer: Invest in a custom designed patio

While the winter chills may be cutting through to the bone right now, remember summer is just around the corner. The days of warm weather and shining sun are on the horizon. Making the most of the great times ahead can be aided by considering investment in a custom built patio at your home. Become the ultimate entertainment pad by creating a space where long lunches can drift into late night revelry. 

Shed Boss offers a number of different options for those considering this approach. Making the most of your backyard and outdoor opportunities is the name of the game, with a patio offering the ultimate in satisfaction. Giving you the option to shelter yourself from the sun's rays while still feeling the cool summer breeze will make your backyard feel like paradise. 

The custom design means Shed Boss' experts can tailor the project specifically to your needs and property requirements, giving you the last say in customisation and allowing you to create a fantastic accompaniment to your home. Give your family and friends a stylish outdoor entertainment area to enjoy throughout the year, investing in your future as an entertainer in the long term. 

Furthermore, if the day comes when you decide to move on and sell your home, installing a patio is a great way to help increase the value of your overall property. Simply take care of the patio as you would any other part of your home and look forward to a boost in asking price when it comes to putting your real estate up on the market. 

If you're interested in this prospect, get in contact with the team at Shed Boss to discuss the options open to you. Getting construction underway in the coming months means you can have your new patio entertainment-ready for summer in no time! 

Building a residential shed for storage means making it big enough to store all your various tools.

How big should your new shed be?

Investing in a new custom designed garage can be a liberating experience, especially if you've been wanting more storage space around your home. Creating a space specifically dedicated to holding the various items that just don't fit with a living area can be a great way to solve an often frustrating problem. 

However, one thing to keep in mind is the space available at your home and – more specifically – the size of your garage. There are a number of different things to consider before any major decisions are made.

Many people will severely under or overestimate how big the garage needs to be for their functions. Putting in thought about the use of the space with relation to the other objects in your lot – including your house and garden – will help give you a decent grasp on just how big the garage needs to be. 

Furthermore, are you planning on parking vehicles in the garage? if so, how many? Do you still want to have space for storage of other things as well, or will you simply use the garage to protect your cars during the winter? 

Gardeners will definitely want to give some consideration to storing their tools in an easily accessible location. Depending on the main use of the garage, the size should be one of the main focuses of the development. 

It's about getting a happy median. If your garage is too small, it will be more of an inconvenience than not having one, especially if you're unable to use the storage as intended. However, settling on a garage that's too big will be a waste of space. 

Getting in contact with an expert to discuss the options available to you and finding the best possible garage design for your home is an essential part of building a satisfactory garage for you and your home. 

Think about the right location for your Shed Boss franchise before committing to a lot.

What should you consider when it comes to your franchise location?

If you're looking into opening up your own Shed Boss franchise in the future, there are a number of things to consider before the grand opening. One of the most important things for new businesses to consider is their location, which can help make or break the success of the venture. 

Before setting up shop and selling custom built patios, it could be worth doing some research into the local community you hope to be servicing. This will ensure you find the right location for establishing the shop front, which acts as one of your main points of contact with potential clients and suppliers. Having an easily accessible store makes it easier for customers to acknowledge your services and approach with queries – the backbone of your business growth. 

Furthermore, when it comes to holding supplies, samples and other things to facilitate the success of your business, having ample room for holding stock and allowing for people to move easily is paramount. Consider the area you're looking to setting up shop in and check crime rates in the region – sometimes the decision to pursue construction can take a while and you want to ensure your customers' vehicles are safe. 

Remember, you'll also have to pay a lease or weekly rent to work out of the property. Take this into consideration – especially during the early period of your business – and ensure you have enough reserve finances to afford this. It could be a while before the franchise is profitable as word of mouth and marketing takes off. 

Finally, think about the other stores surrounding yours. Are they similar businesses or completely different? This could have an effect on both how much business you end up getting and the types of customers who frequent the local area. 

Making your office paperless could help to save you money in the long run.

Have you considered adopting a paperless office for your franchise?

Australia has been slowly moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle, with people adopting various practices into their work and home lives. Whether this be replacing their light fixtures with cleaner bulbs, creating a compost heap to help reduce waste or taking part in some of the community-run initiatives, cleaner, greener living is sweeping the nation!

As the owner of a Shed Boss franchise, there will be a number of opportunities for you to adopt a more sustainable mindset within your own operations. Providing custom designed workshops and various other storage solutions to residents and businesses within your community makes you a prime example of a problem solver, so why not extend this to the internal running of your venture? 

For example, have you ever considered making your office paperless? There are a number of benefits to doing this that can help save you money and contribute towards protecting the environment from excess waste. 

What is a paperless office?

As the name suggests, a paperless office is one that operates without excessive and undue use of paper. With technology developing at such a fast rate, it's entirely possible to have your entire work system based on networks and backed up on external drives in order to avoid any corruption or complications that could come from malfunctions. 

In these offices, things are only printed out if absolutely necessary. This means things like invoices can be emailed directly to clients, and bulky physical storage systems like filing cabinets can be gotten rid of in favour of more streamlined, electronic devices. 

How can this save the environment?

For one, you won't need to use your printer anywhere near as often. This helps to cut down not only on power being used by the device, but also reduces the amount of ink and paper needed – removing the need for trees to be unduly cut down. 

Getting into good bookkeeping habits early on will help our franchise succeed.

Bookkeeping: What are the benefits of well-maintained financial records?

Undertaking a Shed Boss franchise could be the next step for you if you're looking for something new and exciting to earn a living from. Taking the reigns of your own venture and helping people to achieve their goals by providing custom built patios, sheds and other outdoor products could be the perfect thing to help you break the monotony of your current job. 

However, it can be a challenging thing to start, especially if it's your first time doing something like this. Taking note of the basics can help you learn as you go, growing alongside your Shed Boss franchise. One of the main things to understand is the concept of bookkeeping and why holding records of all your finances is one of the most important things you can do for the survival of your business. 

For one, having a strict record keeping system in place will help you in the future. In the event that something happens with either a client or a supplier and you need to be able to provide evidence of a money trail, having a well-maintained record system will allow you pinpoint the information you need and clear the complication up as quickly as possible.

Furthermore, from a tax point of view, maintained bookkeeping makes the end of the financial year much easier on you mentally. Being able to compile this data easily and file your reports with ease will help you keep your sanity. 

Finally, from a business growth perspective, having these records readily available – and putting them to good use – means you can create reports and gain insight into the health of your business at a glance. Being able to make smart decisions quickly will help to separate you from the rest of the market and allow you to continue growing well into the future. 


What type of leadership works best for you?

Stepping into the shoes of a Shed Boss franchise owner is a great way to get up off the ground and begin earning through the installation of custom designed workshops and other industrial strength constructions. However, if you’re new to the concept of being a boss, it can be difficult to wrap your head around the newfound responsibility that comes with running a business.

There are a number of different leadership styles that each have their own pros and cons. Finding out which one works best for you, your personality and the type of business you want to run is an essential factor to consider when establishing yourself as a franchise owner.

Democratic leadership

One way to work the business is to treat it as a small scale democracy, where each person is given the opportunity to voice their opinion and choices are made based on the feelings of the majority. This relies heavily on group participation and having people involve themselves in the running of the operation.

While you have the final say, seeking out ideas and comment from the body of your employees can help keep the business from becoming stale and boring, with innovation coming from different corners of the office at all times.

Authoritarian leadership

The classic “boss” role, running the business through an authoritarian model puts one person in control of the decision-making process. While this may seem like an impersonal style of leadership, it often gets quick results due to its streamlined nature.

However, it could be worth balancing this type of leadership with a more interpersonal approach – such as a democratic role – due to the negative feelings fully authoritarian workplaces tend to produce in employees.


Retaining employee morale: Tips to maintain high productivity all year round

Becoming a Shed Boss franchisee can be a great way to get control of your own business venture and begin working with custom designed sheds. But one thing to remember – especially for inexperienced business people – is the importance of maintaining the morale of your employees.

A recent study released by Australian awareness group beyondblue has found millions of people across the nation are suffering mentally from their workplaces. This fuels a higher number of sick days and an unnaturally large level of people developing workplace-related depression and anxiety –  leading to a drop in productivity and an overall dreary environment in which to spend your days.

To avoid this happening to your Shed Boss franchise, here are some tips to help make your business as engaging and positive as possible.

Make an effort to recognise individual achievement

Nothing makes people feel worse than feeling like part of a nameless mass. Fostering an approach to business that emphasises personal achievement and celebrates good work done by each employee can help staff feel more valued in the business process.

Couple this with an incentive program that gives your staff something to work towards every week, as well as including them in the wider running of the franchise, and you will give your employees a personal stake in the overall success of the venture.

Listen to complaints

There are bound to be complications that arise during work where people feel uncomfortable with something – whether it be the office temperature, technology problems or interpersonal issues. However, simply ignoring these pleas or pushing them back sends the message of disinterest and unimportance.

This can often lead to feelings of anger or frustration among employees, leading to potential issues with productivity and smooth operation in the future. Taking these issues to heart and working with employees to find a workable solution will help maintain – and even mend – bridges, ensuring workers continue to give 100 per cent at all times.

Choosing between garages means understanding your overarching needs.

What kind of shed suits your needs?

When it comes to creating a custom designed shed, there are so many options available that it can be difficult to narrow down your choices to an approachable selection. However, when you begin to think about the type of things you'll use your garage for, this could help you make a more precise, final decision. 

For example, will the garage be built at your home for personal use or at a work site for use as a commercial property? This can have a huge impact on your decision, as well as some of the design features chosen. 

Personal Garages

These are often created to store and protect smaller assets like cars or boats from the elements. Due to this, they tend to be smaller than industrial garages. However, these spaces are often large enough to comfortably fit a vehicle or two as well as a workspace for a bench and tools – depending on if you're interested in using your shed for this application. 

Commercial Garages

On the other hand, if you're looking for a more heavy duty, industrial shed for use at your work site, it could be worth looking into the commercial garage options offered by ShedBoss. These have a wide range of applications – everything from workshops and factories through to airport hangers, farm sheds and even sporting facilities. 

Due to the customisable features of these buildings, it could be worth getting in contact with a professional service provider to discuss the intricate details of your project in person. 

The ShedBoss Difference

Working with ShedBoss can make the construction process as streamlined as possible. They can manage all the aspects of your commercial garage project – everything from approvals and electricians through to builders and plumbers will be taken care of without hassle, allowing you to reap the rewards of your shed as soon as possible. 

Potential home buyers want to imagine how they'll live in your home, and a patio just might have thoughts of BBQs dancing in a prospective buyer's head.

Top three benefits of owning a patio

Plenty of Australians know the benefits of building custom built patios for their homes. However, for those who don't, you may want to understand the advantages of having Shed Boss construct you a beautiful space to relax and entertain.

Outdoor opportunities

An Australian's home is their castle, so it only makes sense to build an outdoor sanctuary that allows you to take in the streaming sunshine and cool breeze in your own backyard.

In addition to providing the ideal space in which to relax after a long day, custom built patios also present a great opportunity for entertaining guests. Why opt for a boring old dinner party when you can hang up some lights and bring the festivities outside?

Shed Boss will build your patio with your specific goals in mind, be it a place to relax or a space to entertain.

Added value

Amenities like patios add value to a property, plain and simple. This means that if you ever decide to sell your home, chances are you'll be able to count on your patio bringing added interest and extra money to your sales price.

Potential home buyers want to imagine how they'll live in your home, and a patio just might have thoughts of BBQs dancing in a prospective buyer's head.

Less lawn care

You may take pride in an immaculate lawn and garden, but let's face it – most people aren't huge fans of the time and energy it takes to keep large backyards looking great.

A patio is much easier to clean and maintain and can reduce the lawn care obligations of homeowners.

Also, for Australians who live in areas where heavy rainfall and flooding are issues, custom built patios are the ideal way to avoid a swampy, muddy mess.

When it comes to custom designed sheds, there are plenty of insulation options, including products specifically made for steel frame construction.

The importance of insulation

One building component that often gets overlooked by consumers is the importance of insulation.

According to Living Greener, half of the energy Australians use to heat or cool their buildings can leak out without insulation. That means that not only can insulation keep hot or cold air in your space, it can reduce the need for heating and cooling systems. In turn, this saves you money, helps the environment and makes your space more comfortable.

When it comes to custom designed sheds, there are plenty of insulation options, including products specifically made for steel frame construction.

Getting started right

It's said that the best time to install insulation is when your building is first being constructed, so it only makes sense to allow the professionals at Shed Boss assist you with your insulation needs. Our talented designers will incorporate insulation into your custom designed shed.

More importantly we'll help you meet any and all insulation regulations put in place by the Building Code of Australia. This means making sure insulation meets the minimum requirements for R-Values and that there is proper clearance around electrical wires and appliances.

These laws can change from state to state, and in some areas, such as South Australia, builders must be licensed in order to install insulation.

Added benefits

Besides making your shed more comfortable and offering the chance to reduce energy bills, insulation comes with a few other bonuses.

First, it can help sound-proof a space. If you're worried about loud noise leaking out from a workshop or garage, insulation can help lessen the chance of noise pollution.

Secondly, depending on the type of insulation you use, it can also make a building more fire-resistant.

In the end, the choice is up to you. But we here at Shed Boss are happy to help our clients every step of the way, from designs and insulation to a great-looking finished product.