So, you want to own your own plumbing business? The industry is booming, a higher population means more homes and plumbing systems that will need your services. It’s a good business, and it’s a business that had over 480,600 people working in it in 2016.
The industry is growing much faster than average at 16% between 2016 and 2026.
Median pay is $51,450, and working for yourself will bring in even higher salaries. It’s a business that any professional plumber can start, but there are things you need to know before you start operating your own business.
1. Nights and Weekends Are Busy
Clients can’t predict when a clog will overflow or a pipe will burst. Plumbers that are unavailable in the evening or on the weekend will lose clients. Plumbers need to be available when clients need them, which can be in the middle of the night or at noon.
You’ll work overtime often, and working more than eight hours a day is routine.
Plumbers often need someone on call, too. If you own the business, you can choose to hire someone to be on call regularly. This means hiring a person who doesn’t mind responding to emergency calls.
And plumbers will charge a premium for emergency calls.
2. An Apprenticeship and Licensing Are Required
Plumbers go through very intensive training, and it’s a very long process before an aspiring plumber is able to open his or her own business. Apprenticeships are often sponsored by trade unions or employers, and they will last four to five years on average.
And plumbers in most states will then need to become licensed.
If you look at Miranda Plumbing and A/C, you’ll notice that the company has license information for:
- Air conditioning
Businesses that expand into other specialties, such as air conditioning or electrical work, may need to have a license to be able to perform work in their respective states.
Plumbing may not require a college education, but you’ll need to have just as much training – if not more – before being licensed. Apprentices have to have 9,000 hours of experience before their apprenticeship ends.
3. Plumbers Tackle New Problems Every Day
Day-to-day work varies. You may be installing a sink or bath one day, and the next, you’ll be clearing a clog or fixing a broken pipe. There’s a lot of change, and if you’re the type of person that never wants to end up in a mundane career, being a plumber is a great choice.
Every day is something different, and plumbers may:
Fixtures, fitting and pipelines will all be maintained by a plumber.
4. Demand is Always There
Plumbers are always in very high demand. The fall is typically the busiest point of the year, but come February, this is the slowest month. There are also some months where the work will seem like it will never end.
There’s always a demand for licensed, trained plumbers.
You can also choose to work commercially in office buildings, for home builders laying down pipe, for residential clients that own homes or even for the local city as a contractor.