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5 Steps to Starting Your Own HVAC Business

5 Steps to Starting Your Own HVAC Business

5 Steps to Starting Your Own HVAC Business

Congratulations on finishing your HVAC certification! Now it’s time to focus on establishing yourself in the industry and setting up a business. Though your particular choices may differ, you can generally follow a few key steps to successfully create your new HVAC business.

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A Successful HVAC Business

Of course, no business goes from new to booming overnight. But with careful planning and strategic marketing, you can become a successful business owner in your newfound career. Here’s what you can expect to be doing:

  1. Finish any certification you need
  2. Decide how independent you’ll be
  3. Secure insurance
  4. Bid strategically
  5. Market yourself

1) Finish Any Certification You Need

Once you graduate from your class, you have all the knowledge necessary to get started. However, some states require additional certiticates or tests. Research local requirements for your area of work and make sure you’re covered before getting started.

2) Decide How Independent You’ll Be

Would you prefer to start your own small business or open a franchise location? Both have their pros and cons. If you prefer total independence and the complete freedom to set your own hours, you’d probably enjoy creating your own business. On the other hand, opening a franchise gives you the good reputation and resources available to the rest of the company. Either way, you’ll be doing all the work, so the choice just comes down to your long-term preference.

Pro Tip: If your goal is to run your own business but that isn’t quite possible yet, try to open a franchise location first. Once you’ve established yourself in your community, you can move toward independent work.

3) Secure Insurance

Your HVAC business will absolutely require general liability insurance as a precaution. If you hire employees, you’ll also need worker’s compensation insurance to protect yourself in the event of an on-the-job injury. Exact requirements for both vary between states, so make sure to do your research.

4) Bid Strategically

HVAC contractors land jobs by bidding their own prices. Learning this skill will help you secure work immediately as well as in the future. See what other local HVAC technicians are charging, and consider your own experience level and the amount of work you can provide. What’s a fair asking price for this job?

5) Market Yourself

Every business needs advertising, and you can’t go wrong with word-of-mouth. Hand out brochures and business cards, and consider offering discounts for referrals or first-time clients. Build up a positive reputation through time, experience, and quality customer service.

Starting a New Business

HVAC is a rapidly growing career field with plenty of chances to start your own business. But as with any business, every step requires careful consideration and planning. Keep yourself prepared and protected as you step into the HVAC industry.

Join the conversation to see how other HVAC contractors created and continue to manage their own businesses today!

HVAC Profession: Expectations vs. Reality

HVAC Profession: Expectations vs. Reality

For anyone interested in an HVAC career, the job outlook is generally very positive. HVAC professionals have a high earning potential, a near-constant stream of work, and the ability to choose their clients. However, don’t forget that just like any other job, HVAC has its pros and cons.

Working in the HVAC field presents its own set of challenges. Don’t expect to make your full salary immediately or establish yourself without a lot of hard work. With years of experience, you can make your new HVAC career lucrative and rewarding.

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Salary

If you apply yourself straight out of classes and constantly promote yourself and gain experience, you can expect to start earning $30-$40K not long after you graduate. As months pass and you get more successful repairs on your record, you could easily achieve $70K between new clients and regular repair visits. The main factor is your own effort. How much work will you put in to promote yourself and gain more experience?

Pro Tip: Your first jobs as an HVAC tech will require you to charge less since you have less experience. As you improve and become more widely known and trusted, you can raise your prices.

Job Opportunities

Considering the high percentage of Americans with both air conditioning and heating systems in their homes, most HVAC professionals won’t have trouble finding work. Someone will virtually always need work on their home ventilation. Summer can be a particularly lucrative season as Houstonians don’t like to go without their air conditioning during the hot months. You’ll probably also find yourself doing pre-summer maintenance and repairs to make sure the HVAC units can handle the upcoming heat. Winter may be a bit slower, but with opportunities to work in commercial as well as residential settings, you’ll still have plenty of jobs.

Training

Chris Walters’ method can make you a certified HVAC tech in as little as 14 weeks, but don’t mistake that training period for a typical 14 weeks of school. Prospective students should prepare for plenty of hands-on projects, installation practice, and in-depth training programs to prepare them for the HVAC field. The training time won’t be easy. However, successful graduates will know their education was worth it and maintain an HVAC job for years to come.

Entering the HVAC Industry

Working on heating and air conditioning can be a very rewarding profession, both personally and financially, but only if you put in the right work. Don’t expect success to come to you easily. Experience, effective marketing, successful repairs and installations, and more are required to truly establish yourself in the field.

If you’d like to learn more about the Chris Walters Method or upcoming 2019 classes, connect with us to see how we can help you start your new career.