Reach Out to Other Owners and Firms to Give You Guidance

Taking on the ownership of a company — either starting it yourself or assuming control — can be a scary and overwhelming experience, but there is help out there.

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A couple months ago the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs were battling it out for a spot in the Super Bowl. The people teaching those players and drawing up the plays were Andy Reid, Matt LaFleur, Bruce Arians and Sean McDermott — the head coaches.

Coaches are an important piece of the puzzle for any team, whether it is a professional sports team or, let’s say, a team of technicians for a plumbing company.

Without the coach there is no direction for the players, or technicians, and no work would ever get done. Coaching isn’t an easy job, and you can’t become one overnight. It takes years of practice with a lot of ups and downs. A good example is Andy Reid starting in Green Bay as a low-level position coach, eventually working his way up to head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, and then getting fired from that job and landing in Kansas City.

Ups and downs are part of the job if you want to be a head coach, even if it’s for a plumbing company.

IT TAKES TIME

Don’t expect to become a head coach — the owner of a plumbing company — overnight. It likely won’t happen. You’ll need to put in years of work for other plumbing firms first before you might even be ready to take the helm of a company.

During that learning period, do everything you can to get experience. Watch what the other owners do and how they conduct themselves and interact with staff. Do you want to be just like them, or do you want to be different? Why?

Learn as much as you can in your jobs, both with working in the field and office. That way when you do take on your own company, you can help your employees with the questions they will have.

ASK FOR HELP

When you do become the head coach of your own company, don’t stop learning and don’t be afraid to seek help from others.

Lucas Elsing, owner of Kegonsa Plumbing, based in Madison, Wisconsin, learned that right from the start. Elsing knew his strength was in plumbing and didn’t know very much about running a business.

Instead of winging it on his own, Elsing reached out to a consulting firm. That firm helped him develop business skills that he would need — and he still uses them.

Kegonsa Plumbing, featured in this issue, has grown significantly since it started operation in 2018 and a big part of that is the help Elsing got from the firm.  That helped him become a better leader for his company.

There are many other avenues too for you if you’re looking to start up your own company or take the reins of an existing one. Join one of the many plumbing associations out there, like PHCC in your state, and connect with others in the industry.

If that isn’t an option, look at local community colleges where you can take business management classes when you aren’t busy with the company.

DON’T GIVE UP

Finally, you’re going to learn a lot when you break out on your own and it might seem easy to just throw up your arms and quit. Don’t do that. There is help out there for you to better yourself and your company. It might take some additional work, but it’s worth it.

For those of you already owning your company, what helped you along the way? Reach out to me at editor@plumbermag.com or call 715-350-8436.

Enjoy this issue! 



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