Welcome to the Rich Contractor, the ultimate business resource for contractors, service professionals, and those who dream of some day dumping their dead-end job in exchange for the wild world of small business ownership. Consider yourself lucky, because you’ve just found the playbook that I wish had been available to me when I was getting started.
MY ROUGH START
Around the time of my 30th birthday I decided that it was time to rock the boat, so to speak. My day job was sucking the life out of me, and the idea of breaking free and starting my own business was the only thing that got me through each workday. Finally, after years of dreaming about it, I got off my butt and did it. I started my own home services business. But it wasn’t a walk in the park. I was tackling an industry in which I had little experience, and I was clueless about how to get started and how to run the operation. Searching the internet for answers, I realized that there wasn’t much in the way of helpful information on the web for people like me. I also noticed that many of the other contractors in my city were just as “lost” as I was when it came to running and marketing a business.
Well, I forged ahead with my new business anyway. I learned a lot during those first few years and devoted myself to consistent improvement whether it came to marketing, customer service skills, or simply running a more streamlined operation. As time went on my tenacity and willingness to learn began to pay dividends, and I eventually became one of the most highly-regarded professionals in my chosen niche worldwide.
But it still nagged at me that so many of my new-found friends and peers in the contracting industry were having a difficult time with their business. I realized that many of them were still as lost as they had been years earlier, and would always struggle financially unless they learned a new way. I knew that it was time for somebody to step up and develop an online resource that was truly helpful and comprehensive, and since I had some basic web publishing knowledge and the work ethic to see it through I decided that person would be me.
THE RICH CONTRACTOR IS BORN
So I started RichContractor.com towards the end of 2007, my primary goal being to educate, inspire, and empower other contractors and would-be contractors who were eager to succeed but lacked basic business know-how, just as I did years before. The rest, as they say, is history. It’s now one of the most authoritative sites in the world on the subject of starting and running a successful contracting or home improvement business. So how can it help you?
Well, let me point you toward a few different entry doors:
Door #1: If you want to become a professional contractor but haven’t started yet, first read my epic post about how to become a contractor.
Door #2: If you’ve already started your business and need help with marketing or getting new business, I would suggest you begin by reading my posts about starting a blog, getting free construction leads, and choosing construction business cards. You should also check out how to get projects through realtors, which is a fantastic tutorial by Jonah from Canter Construction in Charleston.
Then just keep working your way through the site. There’s a mountain of information available to you here, so you’d be wise to bookmark the site for later reference. Well, that’s all for now, folks. Now go grab a cup of coffee and start reading…it’s time to turn that dream of entrepreneurship into a reality!