Hello, I'm looking into starting a business of residential roofing. I have all the equipment I need, but I get the license (in Minnesota) and get a bonus and insurance, all those things funny, how hard is it really going to be? I've looked around and it seems like a pain and a long process, but is it really that bad? Does anyone have any advice? How hard is licensed roofer will be obtained, under what circumstances should I approved or denied? Also what will be my best option in terms of advertising and getting my first job? I do not know any contractors who could hook me up what is the best way of doing things? I'm considering just making some flyers and going door to door to distribute only to go on and get my name out their. My goal is to get finally in commercial roofing once I get a name, but it seems to be a little easier to start by doing residential jobs. I have a pretty good idea of how I go about doing this, and I know I can make it work, but I would like some suggestions on this first. I do not want to invest all this money in the license, insurance, bonds, etc., without knowing exactly what steps to take in order to get my first jobs. After talking with others on the web, I found the answer. First – anyone who says, "What can be so difficult" definitely has not done their homework. I have advised aspiring small business for 10 years and was always true. I do not care how good an idea you have, if you do your homework, you go bankrupt, fail before you begin, or both. Second – I assume you've done roofing before? If not, find a roofer who will let you apprentice for them. You learn a lot. Then, before you throw down any cash – look its SCOR E (Service Corps of Retired Executives) Local www. Score. Org. They offer counseling and workshops for people trying to start businesses, along with information and sources to help determine costs, insurance needs, how to write a business plan (Yes, Virginia – Everyone needs a plan business), the prices of your product, hiring employees, taxes and more. You have to find out what your startup costs will be, to include licensing, course name, union and insurance (personal insurance cover if you use your truck for business anymore), advertising , materials, etc.. You'll need some seed money because most jobs pay 1/3 to the contract signing, 1/3 at the midpoint and third on the termination. You will also need a place to store the coating, equipment, etc. Do not expect to get a small business loan without a business plan sterling. Also check with the SBA (Sba www.. Org) in your area for classes and other resources. Get as much free information as possible. You can lose a lot of money and time going on a business can not afford to keep going. Try this: In terms of advertising, forget the yellow pages until it is established (after 5 years – most businesses, whether it or break it in 5 years). Did you know that if you put a yellow page ad can be up to 1 year before your ad appears in print really know? Stick with magnetic signs for your truck, business classifieds in your local newspaper, door hangers (if allowed – check jurisdiction) or ads in neighborhood newsletters. His greatest asset is the advertising word-of-mouth advertising – so do a good job and provide excellent customer service.
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