What You Need to Start a Sealcoating Business

April 20, 2020

What You Need to Start a Sealcoating Business

Getting your sealcoating business started doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal. There are businesses out there that you can start with a small amount of money and only one person: you. It all depends on what kind of work you are willing to do and where your abilities are. In fact, you can start a sealcoating business with just a truck, a seal coat tank, some tools, and you. Starting a sealcoating business is simple and a great way to make full-time or part-time money. Sealcoating is a service that lots of home, business, and property owners need and, if you are in the right climate, you can do it year-round. Here’s a short list of what you need to start a sealcoating business.

Set the Business Plan and File the Papers

To get started, you will need a business name. Come up with something original that isn’t already registered with your local Secretary of State. Register your business with them, and then with the IRS. They will issue a tax ID number for your business. Then, you can open bank accounts and get insurance for your company.

Get Reliable Transportation

Sealcoating requires a lot of tools and a heavy tank. To get your tools and yourself to the job site, you will need a reliable truck. A standard pick-up truck with a trailer hitch will do the job, and if you can find a 4x4, that’s a bonus. Get what you can afford first, but eventually, try to get one that looks nice. Driving up to a customer in a beat-up rust bucket doesn’t send the right message for your business.

Start Sourcing Tools

The tools you will need are not complicated to operate. Odds are, you already have experience with most of them. As mentioned, you will need a sealcoating tank that you will pull with the truck. The tanks are large, hot, and dirty, but it’s the first tool you need to buy. In addition, you’ll need brushes, scrapers, shovels, a squeegee, and sprayer. That’s really the bare minimum of tools—there are others you can acquire as you expand your operation to include other services.

Utilize Marketing Materials

Get business cards to pass out to each customer you gain, so they can call you again next year. Market your business online, via social media, and in newspapers so that everyone is aware of you. Keep business cards on you all the times; that way, you can pass them out to people you meet. You never know who needs your services.

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