How to Open a Plumbing Business

By Lanee’ Blunt

Starting a plumbing business can be lucrative. You will not have to worry about being laid off or your company downsizing. When starting a new business most people take their experience in employment and apply it to their business. If you have a plumbing background and considering starting a business there are things you have to consider.

Starting out you will need training as a plumber if you don’t have experience. There are schools available that you can go to that offer plumbing training, community colleges and vocational schools. These schools will offer training and after you graduate you can become a full time plumber. Take plumbing courses online if you already have a busy schedule.

Determine Legal Ownership
You must set up your business as a legal entity. Decide which form of ownership is best for your particular business: sole proprietorship, partnership, Limited Liability Company (LLC), corporation, or S corporation.  Starting a plumbing business as a sole proprietorship you have to file a “fictitious name” or “Doing Business As” (DBA) registration form. In some states, you have to register a DBA with the state government or the county clerk’s office. You will need your driver’s license or state ID card with your application. If you are going to hire employees as a sole proprietorship you need to use the (EIN) Employee Identification Number.  Fill-out the necessary forms and send them back to the federal government and they will return it to you with your EIN number.

Purchase Equipment
Buy the equipment you need. Purchase a van or truck for your business. Find a building that will have enough room for all of your equipment. Advertise and market your business. Get business cards printed and build a website.

SBA: 5 Steps to Registering your Business
Plumbing Training Courses: How to Open and Run a Plumbing Business; Joshua; 2011
Businessrise: How to Start a Plumbing Business; Gianna Lazarou

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