Brian Alfred summer builder

As builders, when it comes to summer, we can sometimes feel like we’re between a rock and a hard place – or bricks and mortar; especially if we’re self-employed. We want to spend time with our families whilst the kids are off school, yet as the weather picks up the trade always gets busy with an influx of work.

The idea of a few extra quid in our back pockets is very tempting but that doesn’t mean we should miss out on quality time spent with our families or relaxing (sunbathing on a roof on site doesn’t count!)

We’re sure you’re already sorted for summer but if you’re still feeling a little cemented, we thought we’d share a few tips to help you when it comes to making the most of those (hopefully) sunny months. Both on and off site!

Book your Holiday Sooner, Rather than Later

Life’s all about mini goals! Having something to look forward to will make you less likely to want to make other plans – or, take on extra work. Get that trip booked and confirmed EARLY! so that you have something to look forward to. You can put the hours in before you go to help with spends.

Let People Know You’re on Holiday

To keep temptation away, let clients and agents know when you’ll be on holiday. This will ensure that clients and agents know not to call you offering work during that time. You’re then less likely to decide that an extra days pay will be better than some well-deserved time off.

Have Work Prepared for After Your Holiday

Whether you’re going away, or just spending a week of rest and relaxation at home, you’ll be able to switch off much better if you have a job waiting for you when you go back to work. You can make sure this is in the diary before you go on leave.

Get What You’re Owed

You’ve been working hard all year, probably footing the bill for work expenses here and there. Don’t forget, just because the summer isn’t typically ‘tax season’, it doesn’t mean that you can’t apply for a tax rebate. Whether you missed out on the April rebate boom or you’ve realised you didn’t apply for your rebate from two years ago*, the summer can be a great time to get a little bit of extra cash to spend on enjoying yourselves. For help with maximising your tax rebate, we at Brian Alfred are more than happy to help.


*did you know that you can backdate your tax rebate up to four years? You could be sat on a little gold mine!