by Dan Beaulieu
There is no better time to start a service business. Yes you read that right, this is a great time to start a small service business. I’ll add to that, if you are a skilled craftsperson there has never been a better time to go into business for yourself.
Let me explain, if you are an electrician, plumber, carpenter, landscaper, stone worker, or any type of skilled laborer, this is the time to hang your shingle.
Why now? Simple, there are not enough of your type to go around. All the bigger companies and yes, of course, even the smaller ones are booked out through next year. They can’t handle the work they have. Some of them are not even answering the phone when it comes to new business.
But the business is there. As people climb out of the pandemic they need things done to their homes. For over two years people have put off doing what has needed to be done in their homes and in their places of business. And now when they need someone to work on their projects from house painting to roofing to carpentry, to plumbing, they just cannot find anyone to do the work…at least right now.
Not being able to get satisfaction from their current services companies, people are not even able to get the companies and people who they once used to even acknowledge their calls. They are being forced to look for alternate sources.
They are looking for anyone who meets their needs, right now, not in a month, not in three months or five months or a year, they need someone right now.
If you have always dreamt of being your own boss, now is the perfect time to make that dream come true. People…customers are looking for you.
All you have to do is make people know that you are in business and you are available.
Here are some of the things you can do to get started:
- Set up your company. You can even do this on line for a couple of hundred dollars.
- Develop a business plan. This does not have to be complicated. Just some good strategic thinking, answering a few simple questions like:
- The name of your company
- What your company does
- Who are your customers?
- What needs do you fill? What services do you provide?
- Get your name out there. Make it easy for people to find you.
- Place an ad in a local newspaper like this one (The Town Line)
- Put your ad on local bulletin boards
- Put flyers in doors or on car windshields (In some communities you will need a permit to do this).
- Anything that will let people know you are now in business and will provide them with the services they are looking for…right now!
If you do these things people will find you and get in touch with you (a small basic web site would be great as well)
Then answer your phone and get started.
Right now, it is as simple as that. And if you are skilled and if you are ambitious you can get started immediately. In a matter of days, you can be growing your business.
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