How to Become a Home Improvement Contractor

If you’ve successfully DIY’d a few home improvements around your house, you might be wondering how to become a contractor. After all, why hire someone to oversee renovations when you can just take on the role yourself? You might even turn it into a profitable side business! If you’ve ever wondered just what it takes to become a contractor, read on.

Accumulate work experience in residential construction.

As a home improvement contractor, you’ll be expected to handle every aspect of a homeowner’s renovation project. The best preparation for this expectation is to accumulate experience working in construction. Options include working as a carpenter for a large general contractor and working as an assistant to an established home improvement contractor. Aim to earn at least a few years of relevant work experience before trying to start your own business.

Consider having formal education.

Educational programs in construction are varied and widely available. Completing a certificate or degree program in a field related to residential construction will improve your credentials, give you additional experience, and help you network with other people in the field. Anything from a technical diploma or certificate in a building trade to a bachelor’s degree in construction management will prove useful.

Incorporate your home improvement business.

Formally creating a business is a fairly straightforward process, usually involving filing articles of incorporation with your state and paying a fee. The limited liability company, or (LLC), is an ideal structure for small businesses like home improvement contracting. This structure protects your personal assets as well as providing a favorable tax impact.

Do contractors need to be licensed or certified?

Many jurisdictions require home improvement contractors to obtain and regularly renew builder’s licenses. There are a few compliance requirements that you would need to get in place when starting a construction company.

Let’s start off with the basics. You need to apply for your company registration with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).

Once you have all the original company documents in place you can open a bank account and register with SARS for income tax, VAT and employee tax.

Get your first few clients.

Marketing your fledgling home improvement business to those first few clients can be a challenging effort. Take steps to make your business known in the local area, such as signing up at FindHire, taking out ads in newspapers, etc. Consider mailing coupons or flyers to some past clients you may have worked with in a prior construction job. Once you have obtained your first few customers, encourage them to recommend you to friends.

Build your home improvement business gradually.

Maintaining a base of loyal customers will become easier with time if you perform quality work. Growing your business may mean hiring additional laborers, and building relationships with subcontractors.

Join FindHire.

Findhire introduces you to customers in your area. By signing up on Findhire, you’ll create a profile page where you can describe your business and share photos and reviews.

Why Pros Like You Should Sign Up To Findhire

Are you a Mould/Damp Inspector? Are you’re looking for a great new job? Then you’ve come to the right place. Stop searching anywhere else, and let us help you build your own business online. FindHire gives you access to great clients and the tools to land them.

Here is why you should join FindHire professionals community:

Easy to start.

FindHire is a digital marketplace connecting Pros with ordinary people so that they can accomplish any project, anywhere and at anytime. By signing up on Findhire, you’ll create a profile page as a mould inspector where you can describe your business and share photos and reviews.

Signing up and maintaining your page on Findhire is FREE.

Signing up and maintaining your Pro page on Findhire is free. When you sign up, we give you five free credits which you can use for up to five jobs at no cost to you. Once you have tested our service with the five free credits, you only pay when you’re ready to respond to a customer request with a quote. Quotes “cost” 1 – 3 credits, depending on the type of project. You can purchase credits in a package and get great discounts while using each credit to quote for a job. Each credit costs R10. For more details on how Findhire credits work, check out our article on Buying credits for the first time.

Findhire introduces you to customers in your area.

Findhire delivers new customers to professionals in your area in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Recruiting and retaining new customers on a consistent basis is key to success, whether they come rolling in through organic search or through word-of-mouth referrals. Loyal, repeat customers are great, but you need a steady stream of new blood to keep the growth trajectory on an upward slope.

There’s no science or magical formula that will guarantee new customers, but there are certainly ways to encourage growth and referrals. A lot of it has to do with simply being nice. FindHire has a easy to use form for all the new clients. They need just to follow the steps to be introduced to professionals professional Damp Inspectors like who are ready to help.

No unsupported services.

Findhire only allows businesses to provide services, not products, to customers through Findhire. We welcome businesses whose services may come with products, but a business would not be a good fit if it only provides products (e.g. cell phones, furniture, etc.).

You can have your own profile.

A completed profile gives customers a great way to see your past work, get an idea of what you can do for them, and help them figure out if you are the right professional for their project. Your profile will be the first place customers go to if they can’t make a decision based on quotes alone, so make sure you profile stands out. Get started by logging in to your account. Then click on your profile image, select Dashboard >> Company Profile, and start editing your profile:

You can get reviews.

Professionals who have at least 1 review are 100% more likely to be hired than those without reviews. If you want to increase your odds even more, professionals who have 5 or more reviews are 4 times more likely to be hired. As you can see, it’s a great idea to ask past customers to post a review on your profile. There are 2 ways you can add reviews to your profile: You can request reviews from past customers that hired you outside of Findhire. After you are hired by a customer, you can select the Mark as Hired button on the quote. We will send the customer an email asking them to post a review once you have completed the job.

FindHire will help you to make a good first impression with your quote.

We usually see that a customer will only reach out to professionals who have sent an attractive quote. Imagine your quote as the start of a conversation. It’s the first impression of your business that customers get, so make it a good one! Once you get started, give it a fair shot before giving up—sending multiple quotes significantly increases your chances of being hired. Don’t give up even if you’ve sent several quotes and haven’t won any work yet. Chances are it’ll take around 10 quotes to land that big job, but we hope it will be worth it.

We also suggest you send follow-up messages asking the customer if he or she is still interested. Sometimes that perseverance is the difference between a good experience and a great experience for the customer.

Join FindHire

If you are Mould/Damp Inspector get listed at FindHire, it is a great way to connect with new clients. Your new clients can also give you referrals so try it now!