If you’re particularly crafty and willing to undergo some on-the-job training or a certification course, starting your own carpet installation business could be a lucrative venture. As long as there is new construction and homeowners or real estate agents looking to revamp the look and feel of a home, the carpet installation industry will continue to thrive. Cut costs by operating a mobile carpet business.
Learn the trade for installing carpet in residential and commercial properties. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Handbook, the majority of carpet installers learn their skills via on-the-job training. Get employed working beneath a skilled carpet contractor or enroll in a training course. The International Standards & Training Alliance offers a carpet training course that teaches floor preparation, how to match patterns, cutting methods, tools and how to address different floor plans.
Get licensed and insured. Contact your county clerk to register your business and obtain a contractor’s license, if necessary. Carpet installers aren’t required to have a special license; however, savvy customers will expect you to have at least a business permit and business insurance. Purchase a general liability policy, as well as bonding coverage, if necessary.
Study the various carpet fabrics, price ranges and colors that you intend to offer. Consider enrolling in an interior design course to help you identify color combinations and to give yourself an edge over your competition. While some customers will already have a design or color scheme in mind, others may look to you for advice.
Purchase a commercial van or truck and trailer, hauling equipment, an answering service, a merchant account if accepting credit cards, knee pads, a uniform and tools, such as hammers, drills, staple guns, carpet knives, rubber mallets, carpet shears, knee kickers, wall trimmers, loop pile cutters, heat irons, and power stretchers.
Establish a relationship with a local wholesale carpet supply company and obtain samples. Find a local dump where you can dump old carpet.
Establish your business and begin marketing. Create a portfolio of your work and a service contract that states what you will and won’t do, such as moving furniture, removing old carpet or clean-up. Ensure that each client understands the service contract. Stock your commercial van with books of carpet samples that you can present to potential customers. Ask satisfied customers to provide referrals to potential clients.
Register your business with your Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.
Once you have enough manpower to accommodate large jobs, target government offices, airports and hotels. Before you bid on a contract, ensure that you have the right equipment, enough manpower and enough time to complete the job in the time allotted. Additionally, don’t sell yourself short. Don’t undercut competitors to that point that you are no longer making a profit. Provide better or friendlier service instead of lowering your prices.
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