How to go Into Business for Yourself as a Roofer

Roofer working in special protective workwear, using a pneumatic nail gun installing roofing tiles on top of the new roof

As an experienced and expert roofer, starting your own roofing business may be time. Almost all structures need a roof, whether a government building, school, business, or house. Roofers enjoy consistent workflow as roofs need repairs and maintenance from time to time.

So, how do you go into business as a roofer?

  1. Create a Business Plan

A business plan for a roofing business does not have to be a formal or fancy document with tons of graphs and charts, and you don’t need a master’s degree to write one. Develop a business plan that clearly states your business goals and how you intend to attain them.

You will have to pay federal and state filing fees for the registration of your roofing business. A roofing business can initially be operated from home, but keep in mind that you may need storage space for your roofing materials.

Also, consider roofing materials, transportation costs, office supplies, overhead expenses, and employees’ wages. Do not forget about insurance premiums.

Identify your target market. You can start by catering to customers in your region and branch out later as the business grows. While at it, decide on the roofing services you want to provide. You can offer roof repair, roof replacement, leakage repair, or installation of new roofs. It would help if you chose whether to provide commercial roofing services, residential roofing services, or both.

  1. Choose a Business Name

Choosing the right name for a business can be challenging. Follow these tips when picking a roofing repair and replacement business.

  • Stay away from long names or challenging to spell
  • When you have a few possible names, look them up online to ensure that they do not belong to other businesses
  • Consider how your chosen name will appear on social media handles and your website URL. Example:
  • Avoid including your name in the business name.
  1. Exploit Resources from Small Local Businesses

Your local business community is an excellent source of knowledge and insight. You can link up with professionals who have been there and gained knowledge from their mistakes. Working with a small business mentor or joining a networking group will give you access to assets and people who can help you with issues like recruiting your first employee to choose the right type of insurance for your roofing business?

  1. Business Licenses and Permits

You may require a contractor license to start a roofing business and work as a roofer. But, roofing certification and licensing vary across states, cities, and counties. Check with your local authority and State Contractor’s Board to establish what you need to run the business.

  1. Obtain Business Insurance

Buy the required type of insurance for your roofing business and workers. You should buy:

  • Worker’s compensation insurance
  • General liability insurance
  • Commercial vehicle insurance