Going out on your own and starting a plumbing business is an exciting prospect. Once you’ve established a great reputation and a loyal client base, you should be able to enjoy lucrative returns and a lot of freedom. Here’s what you should think about when getting started on plumbing business!
The right plumbing qualifications and the right gear
Ideally, you should complete a plumbing apprenticeship before starting your own business. You’ll need enough experience to be able to work in a variety of contexts and to handle unexpected challenges. If you aren’t a qualified plumber, then you’ll need to employ someone who is.
In addition, the right equipment is crucial. For a start, invest in a sturdy, reliable vehicle, so that you can attend appointments punctually. Next, you’ll need a set of high quality tools.
Observing the rules and regulations
By law, plumbing tasks should always be carried out by an experienced, qualified, licensed plumber. If you’re employing staff members, you must be sure to treat them fairly by paying award wages, providing annual leave and so on. To brush up on your responsibilities, get in touch with the Master Plumbers’ and Mechanical Services Association of Australia.
Deciding which plumbing projects to take on
One of the challenges of starting out is deciding which projects to take on and which to reject. Of course, the temptation can be to say yes to everything, but that can lead to some sticky situations. For example, if you agree to a large assignment requiring a month to complete, you’ll be missing out on meeting an array of clients. Plus, you might have to wait some time before getting paid. As a general rule, you’re better off committing to small, easily manageable jobs until you’re well established.
Putting your best foot forward
You should always do the best job you can, but work ethic is especially important in the beginning. Be sure to arrive on time, complete a task as quickly as possible, respond to clients’ questions and concerns, and, if there are any complaints, follow up honestly and thoroughly. It’s okay to make a mistake; it’s not okay not to take responsibility for it. If you develop a reputation for great work, as well as integrity, you’ll be highly likely to enjoy a loyal following quickly and benefit from word-of-mouth advertising. If you’ve started up as a one-person show and completing both plumbing tasks and admin proves too challenging, employ someone else as soon as possible.
Give your plumbing business an online presence
Setting up an informative website for your small business, with a Facebook page and Twitter account is key to this technology age. In this high tech age, almost everyone searches for products and services they require on the internet, as such without an online presence your small business will be in a disadvantage position for greater growth.
However, you might be worried about the increased cost setting up a website would be to your new startup. Relax! Gone are the days where you have to hire web developers for hundreds or thousands of dollars to have a website done. With the current technological advancements, you can now create stunningly beautiful business websites without coding a single line of code. It’s as easy as drag and drop your new website into existence with the new WIX online website builder. In addition there are tons of website templates to choose from and lots of tutorial video and tutorial guides to help you get started on building your website! Best of all it’s FREE!