If a windshield cracks or breaks, a car owner will want a knowledgeable and skilled service provider to repair or replace the auto glass. As an auto-glass installation professional, you can meet that need. Before opening your own business, be sure to explore options for the type of business you launch, secure funding, obtain the necessary insurance and acquire the proper training.
Determine Your Auto-Glass Business Scope
Stand-Alone Repair Facility
Mobile Repair Service
Secure Funding and Establish Your Business Entity
Obtain Insurance Coverage
Insurance coverage is essential for business owners and should never be overlooked. In addition to auto insurance for your vehicles, you should have liability coverage to protect you in the event of an accident or problem with any of the work you do on customers' vehicles.
A general business owners' policy will protect both your property and provide for loss of income if you are unable to work. Also, workers' compensation insurance is essential if you are planning on hiring employees.
Acquire Specialized Training and Certifications
Get training from professionals in the industry so you can provide excellent auto-glass installation service. Both auto-glass manufacturers and private schools offer instruction, including in-person and online options. Display documentation of your certified professional status so your customers will feel confident in your knowledge.
Find Your Customers
Once you are open, register your business on Google My Business so you appear in customer searches for "auto glass business". Expand to other sites like Angie's List and Yelp and ask satisfied customers to leave reviews. Consider applying for preferred repair-facility status with insurance companies or AAA. These businesses refer their customers to approved repair sites and can send additional customers your way.
Elisabeth Natter is a business owner and professional writer. She has done public relations work for several nonprofit organizations and currently creates content for clients of her suburban Philadelphia communications and IT solutions company. Her writing is often focused on small business issues and best practices for organizations. Her work has appeared in the business sections of chron.com, azcentral and Happenings Media. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Temple University.