Getting started in a new career is always a challenge, no matter how well educated you are in the field. The home improvement industry is no different; figuring out how to run a business and find customers and make sure everything runs smoothly can get complicated quickly. It’s enough to intimidate even the most determined of would-be home improvement professionals! How can you get started without losing your mind?
To find the answer to this question, we turned to our home experts, all of whom have built successful careers in the home improvement industry. They shared their experiences, and had a lot of great advice about what to do, what not to do, and what to look for in your professional relationships. We’ve collected some of their most helpful answers here.
Below, we’ve compiled a few of the helpful answers our experts provided. Check back later in the week for a follow-up article!
How do you get started in the home improvement business?
What kind of education do you need to be qualified?
Should would-be professionals go to trade school, or get an apprenticeship? Or both?
What advice do you wish you’d had when you were just starting out?
“Finding a mentor who can share their expertise and lessons they have learned is also very helpful when starting out a career. As a young professional, there is a lot to learn that you probably didn’t learn in school, and this person will be an invaluable guide.” read more
“I think there are two questions here; one about breaking into the business I’m in and the second is being an owner.... I enjoy both aspects of my career but they are very different.... Most people realize early on if they have the personality, initiative and desire the complexities of responsibilities that come with upper management and ownership. There isn’t anything wrong with choosing a profession and also deciding ownership or management isn’t for you.” read more
“When you have built up the skills needed to start your own practice (including knowing how to set your fees and understanding contracts), I recommend you begin initially with freelance work while you still have a job with an employer, provided they allow “moonlighting”. That will enable you to build up enough of a client base to then make the jump to being a full time solo practitioner.” read more