So, you have the skills and the credentials and now you want to start your own roofing business. Great! But, there’s a difference between learning how to start a roofing business and other entrepreneurial ventures that require similar licensing.
Having the skills necessary to complete roofing jobs is a great start, but it’s not enough to be successful. You’ll need customers and equipment, not to mention the funds to start a new business.
Whether you’re in the process of starting your own roofing business or you’re wondering what it takes, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’re discussing several tips that you can keep on hand for reference as you get started. Keep reading to learn more.
7 Important Tips for Starting Your Own Roofing Business
Starting any business requires a sound financial investment, impeccable organization, and at least a few customers. Take a look at these tips for starting a small business.
1. Setting Up
First, you’ll need an office. If you plan to run the business by yourself, an office may not be necessary. But, you should dedicate a space in your home to take care of business.
Not only will having an office or dedicated space help to keep you organized, but you’ll also feel more accountable to yourself when you have somewhere to report when it’s time to get work done that doesn’t require you to be up on a roof.
You should also have a cell phone with reliable service, voicemail and text messaging. A smartphone is recommended so that you can also access GPS services and the internet as well as your email.
And, about your email – you need one. It should be dedicated to your roofing business and perhaps even include the company name.
Don’t forget to order some business cards to hand out all over town. Leave some at the local corkboards in other local businesses, too.
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For tax purposes, it’s important to have accounting software that can help you track income and expenses. There are many free and downloadable apps available for both Android and iOS as well.
You may also be required to register your business with your local municipality and state. Check online with your county to find out requirements for your state.
You may also perform a simple internet search to find organizations that assist new businesses in your area. Try searching for your town’s name with the keywords ‘small business development’.
3. Startup Costs
Insurance is one of the most important and costly areas of your new roofing business. You must carry insurance on yourself and any employees. This insurance should also cover homeowners and their property in the event of an accident during a roofing job.
Other startup costs include setting up your office, cell phone, accounting and/or accounting software and business cards.
Of course, one of the most challenging parts of starting any new business is building a customer base. You’ll need to put your marketing hat on and a great big smile with equal enthusiasm to get people to believe in your new business.
Ask homeowners if they would allow you to post yard signs in their front yards. Offer discounted services in order to do this if the home is in disrepair.
You’ll also need to hit the pavement and hand out flyers. You may also consider door hangers that can be distributed throughout neighborhoods in mass.
And, of course, in today’s day and age, you’ll need to perform at least some internet marketing. Create a website with a blog for a simple interface. At very least make sure your business name ranks in Google for maps and services.
You’re also going to need a supplier. It’s a good idea to find various quotes before selecting one that you will use on a regular basis. Take advantage of the best pricing to maximize your profits, especially in a competitive market.
It’s worth noting that building a relationship with your supplier can also lead to jobs. Many big companies are booked months in advance and your supplier is aware of those leads. Make friends and you’ll go far.
6. Purchasing Equipment
Of course, you are already familiar with the type of equipment you’ll need to perform your job as an entrepreneur roofer. Make sure to take inventory of things you already have on hand before you start shopping so you don’t have to spend unnecessary startup funds.
If you think you’re ready to get your business off the ground and running but you don’t quite have the money for equipment, consider renting for the first few jobs until you can save enough to purchase your own.
7. Building Relationships
Now that you’ve got your equipment, setup, licensing and insurance, and probably a few customers, it’s time to build up those relationships. Always be professional by maintaining patience on the phone and in person, keeping appointments and arriving on time, and delivering great quotes that your customers can’t pass up. They’ll remember you and tell all of their friends and family.
The Benefits of Starting a Roofing Business
Starting your own roofing business has many benefits like setting your own hours and bidding for your own jobs. But, the advantages of starting a roofing business are only possible if you put in your full effort. Make sure you’re conducting yourself with the most professionalism and kindness you can project and these benefits will lead to sure success!
As an added tip, you may consider offering your services to friends and family as you get your business off the ground. Have them write testimonials for your website so that new customers have something to reference when deciding if you are the right roofer for them. And, don’t forget to ask for referrals after completing new projects.
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