Starting a business that offers plumbing services isn’t as easy as just printing off a business card and getting started. Here are a few things to consider before you set out on this journey.
What Will You Be Doing?
A plumbing business does many things, in addition to maintaining sewer water pipes, commercial plumbing systems, and even installing brand new plumbing in new construction. If you don’t mind working overtime for emergencies, getting dirty, and constantly learning about new techniques and tools, then you have a good idea of what you’ll be doing every day.
Learn Your Target Market
As experts in plumbing services you know that your target market is very specific. If you want to be a gas plumber, for example, you may primarily be working for corporations or government agencies. If you want to work more with residential plumbing, you may want to limit your commercial clients.
Figure Out How You’ll Charge
Next, you need to decide how you will charge. Many plumbers charge a flat rate plus materials for a job. However, you may decide to charge by the hour or to charge extra fees for emergencies that occur outside of normal business hours.
How to Scale the Business
Unless you already have a good amount of money to invest, you’ll likely find that starting with one or two plumbers is all you need. As you get more clients and it becomes impossible for those two to handle the load, you can add new plumbers to the team. Keep in mind that you’ll need to cover certification costs for the business at first, so you’ll need to be able to juggle up to $8,500 over the next year just for the legal issues – so don’t commit yourself to a large payroll just yet.
Now It’s Time to Grow
Hilton Plumbing in Perth has been growing the business over many years. Marketing yourself as a plumber requires many approaches. You’ll need to consider everything from Internet marketing, and direct mailing, to getting word of mouth referrals. Keep growing to make your business a success.