How To Start Your Own Business In 3 Easy Steps
If you just got your plumbing license and you’re ready to get your hands dirty, there are plenty of opportunities out there, and the demand for certified plumbers shows no signs of slowing down. However, in order for your business to be successful, you need to follow some crucial steps. Here is how any certified plumber can start a lucrative plumbing business in three easy steps.
Ask Yourself Why You Want To Be An Independent Business Person
The first thing you have to identify are your reasons and objectives for starting a plumbing business in the first place. If you were working for someone else, is your goal simply to work as your own boss or make more money? In some cases, staying in your position might be a better idea. Identify your goals and make sure that they’re measurable, relevant, feasible and timely.
Next, seek the services of an accountant. Why you ask? Well, an accountant will be able to educate you on the realities of running a plumbing business. They’ll be able to explain how much insurance and taxes you can expect to pay, operational expenses, how much profit you’ll need to stay afloat, etc. They might also be able to explain which type of compliance you’ll have to worry about and how much it will cost. Also, they might be able to tell you whether a plumbing business would be lucrative in your area and how much you can stand to make.
Choose A Name and Get Online
Just like any business area, branding is essential if you want to make a mark. Ideally, your name should be something catchy that represents your business. However, you should make sure that the name is not only available, but that the domain name is available as well. A domain name is almost as important as a business name today. Choosing a name with a pre-existing domain name could lead to confusion.
Once you’ve picked your domain name, it’s time to have a website built. The single most important aspect when building a website are pictures. Professionally shot photos will go a long way when trying to come up with an attractive website. Try to get as many testimonials as possible, and think about including video testimonials as well. Companies like LinkNow build clean and professional websites for plumbers and they can get your site up and running in a matter of days.
Build A Contact List
Now that you have all your ducks in a row, it’s time to start selling your services. While mailing adverts still work, online is the way to go. Invest in some PPC ads on Google and Facebook and make sure you have a solid Facebook page complete with testimonials, promotions and video presentation of your services as well. Make sure you make your local presence felt too.
To improve your local results, make sure you register to as many local registries as possible, but make sure that they are reputable and related to your business. Also make sure that your Google business profile is complete and that your contact information and address is consistent across the board. And last, but not least, make sure you offer the best service you possibly can. Reviews can make or break you in this business. And don’t be afraid to ask your clients to review your services as well. Satisfied customers will be more than happy to vouch in your favor.
As you can see, starting your own plumbing business is pretty straight forward. All you need is to have a solid plan in place, make provisions for insurance, certification and overhead charges, and start advertising your business. The rest is up to you.