What Qualifications Do I Need to Start a Plumbing Business?
You don’t need to be a plumber to own a plumbing business, you need strong business acumen and a commitment to customer service
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be a plumber to own a plumbing business. If you look at the successful plumbing businesses in your community – the ones that dominate the market – you’ll find that many of the owners are not actually plumbers themselves. Often, they are leaders, CEOs and entrepreneurs with a vision to provide a high level of customer service in their markets.
An entrepreneur with a strong business acumen, an understanding of customer service and the ability to recruit and manage a team has more potential to build a successful plumbing business than an actual plumber who spends all day on the truck.
But you may be thinking, “plumbing is a highly technical trade that requires expertise in a field that I’m not experienced in,” and you’re right. Plumbing is a highly technical trade, but as the owner of a plumbing business, you can hire a master plumber to provide that expertise and perform the work. In fact, you are often required to have one on staff.
Think of the restaurants in your area – the owner is often not working in the kitchen or waiting tables. They hire a general manager to run the day to day operations and they spend their time working ‘on’ the business, not working ‘in’ the business.
For bluefrog Plumbing + Drain, one of the fastest growing plumbing franchises in the nation, we prefer to have strong business owners join our franchise family. We have a mix of seasoned plumbers and owners who understand plumbing but are not licensed themselves. As a brand committed to the success of our franchise owners, we recognize that entrepreneurs with business experience and leadership skills have the skill-sets and the drive to run and own profitable plumbing companies.
“We’re the new kid on the block,” says Gary Findley, CEO of bluefrog Plumbing + Drain. “It’s all about creating a business that can thrive over the long term. People are coming to us — they’re changing careers, they’re investing their savings and they trust us to do right by them. We take that very seriously. It’s our main focus to help our franchisees succeed. I have to look them in the face, and I have to know that we’ve done right by them, that we’ve helped them achieve their goals.”
Plumbing is a recession-resistant business that’s always in demand
If more entrepreneurs recognized that the plumbing industry is one of the most potentially lucrative, recession-resistant business opportunities out there, the rest of the home services industries wouldn’t stand a chance.
This is true, especially in a post-pandemic economy where being an essential business matters more than ever before. As an entrepreneur, you want to own a business that provides a service people rely on. When an issue goes wrong with a plumbing system, a home or property owner has to pick up the phone and act quickly.
But the experience that comes after a customer picks up the phone makes all the difference. The plumbing industry is known for incredibly poor customer service – another reason why entrepreneurs with strong business acumen stand to do very well.
Bluefrog Plumbing + Drain figured out a successful plumbing business is all about providing exceptional customer service. This is a people-driven business, and by delivering the level of customer service Americans expect in all other areas of life, bluefrog Plumbing + Drain is able to drive sales, generate referral business and create customers for life.
“I’ve been in franchising for a long time, and I know that the only businesses that are truly worthy investments are recession-resistant, offer high margins and are an immediate need for a large population,” Findley says. “If you have a problem in your home, whether it’s a leak, a clogged toilet, or roots growing in your yard that bust your pipes, that has to be fixed. People for a long time thought they had to be a plumber, or have a license. No. This is a true business. We offer advice on helping you find a qualified plumber, we help you master the business model, and that’s why we’re attracting business-minded entrepreneurs. There’s nothing sexy about being a plumber, but if you want to be in business, if you want to grow, if you want to earn a great living, this is the business for you.”
Bring the fast-growing plumbing franchise to your community today
A bluefrog Plumbing + Drain franchise is a low-cost investment opportunity offering high growth potential. Join this fresh new brand as it spreads throughout the nation in 2020 and beyond. The total cost to open a bluefrog Plumbing + Drain franchise ranges from $127,130 to $370,915 — much less than the usual plumbing franchise brands due to the lack of brick-and-mortar expenses.
For in-depth details about the blueFrog Plumbing + Drain franchise opportunity, fill out our free franchise information request form.