How to start a Blinds Business
Here are five easy steps to follow when establishing a blinds business
Over 167,000 new businesses have already been established in the UK this year. It’s time for you to stop being a wantrepreneur. Become an entrepreneur and join them by starting your own blinds business.
So many people dream of going it alone and establishing their own business. Not only does it give you the opportunity to earn tonnes more cash, but you can finally do something that you are really proud of.
Yet, you might not even know where to begin. Luckily, you don’t need a business degree to start your own window treatment business. We’ll show you how with this simple step-by-step guide:
STEP 1: Research the Market
Before you start your business, take the opportunity to stake out the competition. Local competitors are unlikely to share their secrets of success willingly, so you have to do your own research. This will provide you with much insight on things such as what extra services to offer, which types of blinds to offer, pricing, how to market your business and so on.
STEP 2: Get Materials
Research blind manufacturers and purchase wholesale blinds online. Be sure to get some samples that you can show to potential clients, too. Assuming that you already know how to fit blinds, you will also need to buy the right tools for jobs, not forgetting your handy tape measure.
STEP 3: Create a Digital Presence
Come up with a catchy name for your blinds business and put your name out there on the web for all to see. Every small business needs a website nowadays, but if you can’t afford one right away then start with social media. Setting up a Facebook page is easy to do. Plus, you can invite friends and family to like the page and encourage them to help spread the word.
STEP 4: Market Your Business
With your business established, it’s time to focus on acquiring customers. Have flyers or business cards printed and distribute them in your local area. Continue to work on your digital presence at the same time. You can get free directory listings online from sites such as Yelp. Also, set up a Google My Business page, so that local people can find your business when they search online.
STEP 5: Set Up Appointments
Use your phone’s calendar or a good old-fashioned diary to organise appointments. Make sure you arrive on time and look professional. Measure up their windows and ask the right questions. What style of blind are they looking for? What materials do they like? Give the customer a quote and celebrate because you’ve just bagged your first job!
All that’s left to do now is to get to work on the jobs you’ve booked. Don’t forget to continue to market your blinds business. Soon enough you will get to the point where you have enough customers that you can hire help and grow your business. Now it’s over to you. Start researching the blinds industry asap.
Get in touch with one of our Window Blinds Experts today.