These days, the home improvement industry is estimated to be in the neighborhood of 300 million dollars. It is one of the broadest businesses imaginable with interests that include publications, TV programs and materials for countless fields of interest ranging from carpentry to plumbing to masonry. Perhaps this diversity is what is at the heart of its sustainability because as an industry it caters to the unlimited number of things to maintain in households.
If one were to go through the whole spectrum of crafts that fall under home improvement, one would come up with a very long list. For example, bathtub refinishing and re-glazing is a business in itself that many individual entrepreneurs make a living from. With the cost of a new tub going up to a thousand dollars, even at six hundred, re-glazing remains the more economical option.
Studies predict good prospects for this industry in the near future. For one thing, even if the economic trend today is for businesses to be outsourced and brought to other countries, home improvement will remain a locally based industry. While tools and prefabricated materials of its different trades can be manufactured elsewhere, the actual work still has to be done on site.
Many homeowners have postponed home repairs in the past few years because of budget constraints. These repairs, however, will not simply go away and when the economy takes an upswing, there will be a compounded demand to undertake these deferred projects. This analysis lends itself to a rosy forecast for the industry.
Getting Started in the Business
Starting a business usually means having to raise a lot of money for capital. Depending on which trade you choose, the home improvement business actually gives people an opportunity to become entrepreneurs for a considerably smaller start-up fund. Moreover, if you’re one who loves to tinker inside the house, then this is an ideal business for you.
Generally, the first prerequisite for starting a business in this industry is to get the necessary training for a license. Many vocational schools and community colleges hold classes for different home improvement skills some of their courses will even include assisting students in taking a licensure test. Once the license is granted, the next step for the new entrepreneur to take would be to get insurance and procure the required safety equipment. Obtaining storage space and buying basic materials, which have a relatively good shelf life comes next.
It’s also prudent to have a go-to place for information that will come in handy once your home improvement business is up. Visit Homeaddons for product reviews and how-to articles that cover every nook and cranny of a home, from the garden to the bedroom.
Establishing a bookkeeping system, setting up a computer, and purchasing office supplies are indispensible steps for anyone who wants to be in business even if the business is to be conducted from home. Along with this comes the task of letting the world know that the business is around. This is where flyers, business cards, a signage and a website become important tools of promotion.
Nobody gets into any business by accident. Normally, people become drawn to an enterprise because of certain factors: exposure, experience and possession of certain skills. In the case of the home improvement industry, these factors are buoyed up by a currently supportive environment and positive prospects for the future.