Starting a business is an exciting yet daunting decision.
Your business is a labor of love. Consider the vast amount of time, money, and energy that goes into making it successful. Knowing how much is at stake, you need to be sure you're considering every possible aspect before starting your own roofing company.
There is a lot more to running a roofing company than just being a great roofer. There are many other skills you'll need that may not be as apparent.
Not sure what to do in this regard? Here's a list of skills you may not have thought about, but that will benefit you immensely moving forward.
Understand the Entire Roofing Process
Running a roofing company goes beyond just getting up there and doing the manual labor. That is just one of many moving parts that can influence your profit (and overall success).
Consider each step of the roofing process. First, your target customers need to know you exist, so you'll need to adequately advertise and market your services.
Then, you'll need to be able to calculate and provide accurate quotes, schedule the job, source and pay for the materials, and find the manpower. You must also do the work, clean up, and invoice for the job.
Make sure you have a very clear understanding of each of these steps before starting a business.
Think Like an Entrepreneur
Yes -- running your own roofing company makes you an entrepreneur. It may not be the most glamorous job, but it takes the same skillset to run a roofing business as it takes to run any other type of business.
Think about the various facets that make an entrepreneur successful. In general, they are willing to devote a tremendous amount of time, energy, and dedication to their new venture.
Forget about evenings and weekends off for a while -- you'll likely spend that time crunching numbers, ordering supplies, or catching up on invoices.
You probably won't see a financial gain right away either. It takes time (sometimes two to three years) for a small business to turn a profit. Make sure you have a plan in place to stay afloat financially until those numbers turn in your favor.
Keep in mind that you'll need to be driven, creative, enterprising (and ok with sleepless nights) prior to opening your company.
This is an underestimated skill and one that will be integral to your company's continued success. Nearly every aspect of running a company hinges somewhat on people skills.
Of course, you will need to provide impeccable customer service. It's essential to understand the basics of being a salesperson and know how to handle customer complaints. You'll need to brush up on your phone and email skills if that's not already your strong suit.
Learn more here about the traits your customers will look for when hiring a roofing contractor so you can get a feel for the skills you need.
You'll also likely be hiring (and firing) staff, managing employees and subcontractors, and working with vendors and suppliers.
Don't underestimate the importance of having this skill. No one wants to do business with or work for an unprofessional, unfriendly, or disorganized-seeming company -- even if you know you do the best roofing job in town.
Companies don't run by themselves, and there is a vast amount of behind-the-scenes work that needs to happen. Unless you have the capital to hire an office manager right away, it's likely that many of the administrative duties will fall on you.
These can include ordering office supplies, mailing invoices, and paying vendors. You'll also be scheduling appointments and managing the necessary licenses and permits your company requires.
Don't fail to plan for this important and time-consuming aspect of business ownership.
Learn More about the Skills Needed to Run a Roofing Company
It's safe to say that roofing is not the only skill you'll need to run a successful roofing company -- not by a long shot.
Although it might seem overwhelming, plenty of people open and run successful small businesses, provided they have the right resources at their fingertips.
Our job blog regularly publishes helpful articles like this one that you can use to learn more about becoming a successful small business owner. Check it out today!