Current Plumbing Company Owners
Do you feel like your plumbing business is in the same place every year?
Did you know that there are currently
over 100,000 plumbing businesses operating in the United States? In our 30+ years of experience in the
industry, we have found that there are certain categories that these plumbing
companies fall into.
Specifically, the three main categories we’ve identified are:
Unfortunately, most plumbers jump into their business without giving much
thought to creating a specific plan. This may result in a rather rude
awaking 10, 15, or even 20 years down the road into their career. They
may find that their role within the business or lifestyle is much more
restrictive than they had hoped for. This can vary greatly depending on
the type of plumbing company that has been built.
Overworked, Burned Out, and Tied Down?
The first category of plumbing company you will find in the market is the
“man in the van”, you can typically identify the “man
in the van” plumbing company by the following:
The owner of the “man in the van” company can have a difficult
time taking vacations and is usually tied to the business 24/7. He has
to take service calls at all hours of day and night and remain on top
of all appointments. The “man in the van” owner also has a
difficult time growing his business, as he is constantly using all of
his time reacting to the needs of his customer base.
Stuck in Between Administration and Tradesman?
You can recognize the “plumbing company stuck in transition”
by the following attributes:
The owner of the “plumbing company stuck in transition” has
a little more freedom than the owner of the “man in the van”
company but struggles with a unique challenge. The issue is that the owner
becomes caught in the middle of running service calls and managing the
office. This means they must be reactive to customers and team members.
The business relies heavily on the owner, as there is a lack of proper
systems in place. When an owner finds themselves caught between running
the administration side of their company and responding to service calls,
it can hamper growth, limit long-term freedom and ultimately lead to the
business owner feeling burned out.
Growth, Development & Freedom
The third type of plumbing company is what we refer to as a “Strategic
You can recognize a Strategic Plumbing Company™ by the following
What Are My Next Steps?
The owner of a Strategic Plumbing Company™ is in a completely different
position than the owners of the “man in the van” and “plumbing
company stuck in transition.” The strategic owner knows their role
is to build and manage a service company while their peers focus on being
a tradesman in the plumbing industry.
Some of the key benefits that owners of a Strategic Plumbing Company™
- Ability to take time away from the business without fear of the business
declining as a result of having fine-tuned back-office systems in place,
reducing business owner burn out.
- Peace of mind to hire due to consistent growth from results driven marketing
and sales systems.
- Confidence that the business will have re-sale value after years of working
in the plumbing industry because healthy profit margins were maintained
over an extended period of time.
- Passion for the business for the long haul because the trade knowledge
gained is being utilized to generate profit for re-investment, creating wealth.
The bluefrog Plumbing + Drain® Franchise System™ is the solution
our franchise owners use to own and operate a Strategic Plumbing Company™.
To learn about how the system we deliver to the owners of existing plumbing
companies to help them build a Strategic Plumbing Company™, review the
bfpad Franchise System™.