Despite the tough year many businesses had in 2020, many people have decided to start their own businesses. For plumbers, being self-employed and running a business is one of the perks of the trade. If you want to start a plumbing business, check out our how to guide first.
Obtain the Right Qualification
Plumbing is a highly-skilled trade, one that everyone relies on at some point or another. That is why all plumbers need to obtain relevant qualifications. For some this could be completing a college course, doing a City & Guilds program or studying as an apprentice.
Get on the Job Experience
If you studied as an apprentice, you will already have ample on-the-job experience. However, if you took a classroom-based study route, you will want to get some entry-level experience before setting up on your own. Learning from a plumber who has experience behind them will help to boost your studies with practical, hard-earned knowledge.
Invest in the Correct Tools
When you set up on your own as a plumber, you will no longer have access to all the tools of your previous employers. Therefore, it is important that you invest in the right tools to get the job done. Tools will probably be your biggest financial outlay at the start.
The plumbing speciality you go into will determine which tools you need. However, all plumbers will need pipes, fittings, screwdrivers, wrenches and basic tools. You will also need a van or truck to transport your kit from job to job. You may want to invest in some specific equipment such as hole saws that will make you more efficient and your life a little easier when drilling and sawing pipes.
Choose a Sector to Work in
Choosing between being a domestic or commercial plumber is one of the key decisions when setting up your business. Your training will likely influence this decision, but you personal preference should also weigh in the balance. As with most trades, you will constantly learn new skills throughout your career as a plumber.
It is important to consider the key differences between the two sectors. In domestic plumbing, you will be attending to plumbing systems designed for just a few people to use regularly. Commercial plumbing will be more complicated, with large contracts on buildings designed for use by many people.
Think about tools you will need for each sector and whether you can scale your business to meet the demands.