Do you want to start a windshield repair business? If you do, you have come to the right place. Starting a windshield repair business can be the first step in a long and rewarding career. Rewarding in the sense that you get to help people but also rewarding in the sense that you can make a lot of money. But some people end up losing a lot of money when trying to start a windshield repair business because they are not well prepared. To help you avoid some of the most common and costliest pitfalls, here are some tips on starting a windshield repair business.
Don’t Go It Alone!
The idea of owning your own independent windshield repair business can be very attractive to many entrepreneurs. You get the romance of being totally autonomous and you get to keep all of your profits. Except, there isn’t likely to be any profit. Starting one’s own windshield repair business is often a fool’s errand. Very few have the expertise –both technical and business– as well as the right tools and resins for windshield repair. It would take an engineering mind with years of experience in windshield repair and a lot of money to invest into their own business to really make it alone.
Far more practical and profitable for most is to buy a windshield repair franchise. Buying a franchise gives you access to training, guidance and ongoing support from franchisors who know what it takes to start a successful windshield repair business. They can also sort you out when it comes to the tools of the trade and you get to operate under a respected brand name.
You only get to operate under a respected brand name if you purchase a windshield repair business from an experienced franchisor. It’s OK if not everybody you talk to has heard of the windshield repair brand you’re considering buying from; as long as they don’t have a negative impression of that brand. Just try to avoid new windshield repair businesses. Some windshield repair start-ups are great, but it’s far safer to buy a franchise from a windshield repair business that has a few decades of experience under its belt.
Sort Your Finances Out
It should go without saying, but you need to have your finances in order if you are going to successfully start a windshield repair business. As far as franchises go, windshield repair businesses are some of the lower cost franchises out there. You can start a windshield repair business for under $40,000, given certain circumstances. Even so, not everybody has $40,000 in a shoebox under their bed. Financing is often required for many candidates. Some windshield repair franchisors offer financing themselves.
Make Sure You Get An Apr
APR stands for “Area of Primary Responsibility”. The APR is a common feature of franchises, at least the responsible ones. Essentially, what an APR means is that the franchisor will not allow another windshield repair franchisee to start a business in your agreed upon territory.
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