Pagtubero o plumbing negosyo: Magkano puhunan, tubo at kita

Michelle Ang
is a Businesswoman in Hong Kong

Mahilig ka bang magkumpuni ng mga sirang tubo sa bahay? Nag-eenjoy ka ba sa tuwing nakikita mong nagiging masaya ang mga tao sakanilang mga tahanan dahil sa maayos na tulo ng mga gripo at malinis na tubig? Maaari mo itong pagkakitaan sa pagiging tubero o magtayo ng plumbing business.

Small businesses must be resourceful to survive. With smaller budgets, big ideas need to be as proactive as they are cost-efficient, taking into account everything from consistent industry changes, cash flow, customer needs and the unexpected challenges you never saw coming. Multitasking to keep up with the big guys on a fraction of the budget is why small businesses have become known for bootstrapping (using existing resources or with as little capital as possible to solve problems), and being creative about their approach to staying competitive.



Demand


Isa sa mga mahahalagang bagay na binibigyan pansin sa paggawa ng isang bahay, opisina o building ay ang water system. Mahalaga na maayos ang mga daluyan ng tubig at wala itong mga leak. Hindi magiging malinis ang isang bahay kung may mga leaks o butas sa mga tubo at malaking perwisyo ito sa mga tao lalo napagdating ng kanilang water bills. Mataas ang demand ng mga tubero sa kadahilanang ang bawat tahanan ay may mga tubo, gripo, shower, atbp.


Investment costs


Hindi kakailanganin ng malaking halaga sa pagtutubero. Ang mga kagamitan ay maaaring gamitin sa tuwing may magpapaayos sa kanilang bahay. Ang mga ibang materyales naman ay maaaring ipabili sa may –ari ng bahay. Ilan sa mga kagamitan ng isang tubero ay ang mga sumusunod:


· Wrench Set – Php 500 pataas


· Pipe Cleaner – Php 40 pataas


· Bolts and Nuts – Php 20 pataas


· Teflon Tape – Php 5 pataas


Halos pwedeng ipabili sa maybahay ang mga kagamitan na nabanggit, maliban sa Wrench Set. Ang wrench set ay maaaring gamitin ng pangmatagalan at ito ang investment sa kabuhayan na ito. May mga ibang kagamitan pa na maaaring hindi nabanggit ngunit kinakailangan gaya ng valve, shower head at marami pang iba.


Kapag mayroon ka ng mga customer, maaaring bumili ng mas maraming tools at gamit, at maaari narin mag-hire ng mga tauhan.


Regulations/Laws


Kung ikaw ay magbibigay ng home service sa pagiging tubero, hindi na kaikailanganin na kumuha ka pa ng business permit. Maaari itong gawin sa umpisa. Kung ninanais na magkaroon ng opisina at ng mga tauhan, nararapat lamang na iparehistro ang iyong business at kumuha ng Mayor/Business permit. Naayon din sa National Plumbing Code of the Philippines na ang mga plano sa paglalagay ng plumbing system ay kinakailangan may approval at pirma ng isang licensed master plumber. Kung magkakaroon ka ng mga malalaking projects, maaari din naman na kumuha ng license as Master Planner sa Professional Regulations Commission o PRC.


Profit/ Kita


Ang maaari mong kitain araw – araw ay nasa 250 pesos hanggang 1500 pesos kung ikaw ay magho-home service. Mas marami kang customer, mas malaki ang kikitain. Kung ikaw naman ay magbubukas ng opisina, dapat lamang na ibawas sa budget ang bayad sa renta, kuryente, tubig, at sahod ng iyong mga staffs. Ang iyong kikitain ay depende sa laki ng iyong market at projects.


Marketing/Advertising


Makakakuha ka ng marami pang customer kung magiging maayos ang iyong trabaho at natuwa mga nagiging mga customers mo. Hindi ka mahihiyang magpa-refer ng ibang kakilala ng iyong customer, kung dumating ka sa oras na napagusapan at natapos mo ng tama ang iyong trabaho. Maaari ka rin mag iwan ng business cards sa mga naging customer mo upang matawagan ka nila kapag may kailangan at para na din sa pagre-refer sa iyo sa iba. Isa pang paraan ang pagkakalat ng mga flyers o pagdidikit ng mga karatula sa bahay, sa kanto o sa mga poste sa iyong lugar, o sa bulleting boards ng mga condominiums, townhouses, o subdivisions. Siguraduhin lamang na humingi ng permiso sa mga opisyal ng barangay o ng mga homeowners officials.


Forty-five percent of small business owners said they are worried about looking for new customers, making it their number one overall concern. Small business owners today mention customer attraction and retention as two of their most pressing concerns, but many set aside minimal budgets for marketing. In fact, 25 percent of small business owners report that they don’t spend any money on marketing

Don't do it alone. You need a support system while you are starting a business (and later on). A family member or friend that you can bounce ideas off and who will listen sympathetically to the latest business start-up crisis is invaluable. Even better, find a mentor. Good mentors will make your dreams achievable more quickly. The best mentors are those who have done what you are trying to accomplish before, successfully, and who are helping you for friendship or self-fulfilment reasons. They may be formal Board of Advisor or Director members, friends, colleagues, or interested peers.

Work out. Exercise. Be fit. The stress you are going through is probably the highest you have experienced in your life, and if you don’t work out now, your ability to be at your best will start to fall, quickly. Take a break at lunch and do 30 push-ups, 30 sit-ups, and 30 jumping jacks daily. Work your way up to a solid 20-40 minutes of exercise daily.

Set deadlines and goals for yourself and adhere to them. Determine your goals for your business, write them down and give them to a trusted friend with a date set for 5 months or a year from then to review them with you. On a daily basis, set your goals for the day and at the end of the day review them.

Do what you love. You're going to devote a lot of time and energy to starting a business and building it into a successful enterprise, so it's really important that you truly deeply enjoy what you do, whether it be running fishing charters, creating pottery or providing financial advice.

Don't wait until you've officially started your business to line these up, because your business can't survive without them. Do the networking. Make the contacts. Sell or even give away your products or services. You can't start marketing too soon.


While the journey of every company from start-up to success is different, there are some steps that every business must go through. Buy into your own vision and don’t waiver it just for a pay check. You know your vision better than anyone else, and if you lose sight of it, the world will too. Build the best product you can, and make sure it has long-term value.

 

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