This website goes far beyond teaching you about starting a plumbing business. You will also read about plumber advertising, plumber seo, as well as how to rung and grow your plumbing company.
The easiest way to get started with a plumbing company is if you are already a journeyman plumber. If you are then please skip to the next section. If not then ask yourself why do you want to own a plumbing business?
Assuming you asked yourself the above question and you really do want to own one for whatever reasons you might have then let’s move on.
Since you are not a journeyman plumber you will have to hire staff as soon as the business is up and running. This can actually help you quite a bit compared to the person who decides to just start and work for themselves.
By having no choice but to hire someone right from the beginning you will automatically be giving up the control of doing the work yourself. This is one of the biggest obstacles all self employed people go through.
Since you will need to hire someone to do the work for you then you will not have an income until the business is profitable. This means you need to have sufficient capital to buy a van, tools, marketing, pay your employee or employee’s and give yourself a means of surviving during this start up phase.
The rest of the steps to getting your plumbing business off the ground are the same whether you are a journeyman plumber or not.
The first step is to decide on the structure you want for your company. Will you have partners? If so will you have a partnership or each own shares in a corporation? Or maybe you want to start a sole proprietor and work into a corporation or maybe you want to set up an LLC?
What does all of this mean? I am not a lawyer and I did a lot of research on this subject and tried to outline this topic as much as possible in my free ebook ‘how to start a business’. You can get that for free here. Even after reading that you will still want to discuss your options with your lawyer. He or she will give you a much better understanding of what will work best for you in the location where you live.
Names are very common. From country to country and state to state you will find plumbing companies with the same name and not being the same company. This happens because most of us as plumbers seem to pick our last name and put plumbing behind it. I know I did…lol.
You will have to do a name search to see if someone else owns that name. Your lawyer or city business center can help you with this. Nowadays you will also want to check to see if anyone as bought the domain name using the .com tld (top level domain).
For my own name Kramer Plumbing was taken. I could have settled on a .net or something else but I wanted a .com. For this reason I decided to not go with the name Kramer Plumbing and instead went with Kramer Plumbing and Radiant Heat.
In hindsight I should have gone with Kramer Plumbing and Gas Fitting since I do far more gas fitting jobs than I do radiant heating jobs. What is done is done. LOL
Once you have a name then you will want to tie that name to your business structure. All of this can be done when you set up your business with your lawyer or whatever local service might offer this. Where I am from I can do this at a number of places including with my lawyer, or at any number of registration offices throughout the city.
Unfortunately you will need to spend some time learning about how things work in your city and state or province. This is part of what business is all about, knowing every aspect of your company. Not saying you need to do the work on every level, but understanding every level is important.
Maybe you plan on working from home, which is perfectly fine, but you will still need a dedicated phone number. This could be another land line or a cell phone, entirely up to you. Check my resources page for more info.
If you are not going to work from home you will need to rent or lease a shop. There are many ways you can do this.
Either hire a real estate agent to find a place for you or search your local ads to see if any owners are listing a space for lease.
Once you find a place you will need to get approval from the town or city you live in. Where I am from this is called an occupancy permit that allows your business to occupy the space and do business in that location.
The next thing you will want is business cards. Once you have a name and phone number you want to start handing out business cards. You can go down to your local print shop or check my resources page for more info.
You will want to get proper insurance. This includes commercial insurance for you vehicle, liability insurance and either WCB or disability insurance in case you get hurt.
If you hire people then you will need WCB, check with your lawyer on regulations in your area.
Most cities and towns will require you have some sort of business license giving you the right to operate within city limits. These vary drastically from location to location. The fines can also vary for not doing this so you will want to be on top of your game.
The number one thing you need to do once your business is up and running is to start marketing your business. Check my resources page for more info.