New Guy Checklist Help

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New Guy Checklist Help

Post by RC_Reggi » April 25th, 2019, 11:54 am

Hey guys! I'm Reggi and I wanna get in the Rock Chip Business! I'm 29 Years old located in Baton Rouge, LA. Currently working a dead end retail job same jobs I've been working since I was 18. It pays the pills barely but its time to change, I have been researching and planing and read this forum and watching you tube videos for about 3 weeks now. I have most of the info but I need to be sure because I don't have the money out of pocket to start. Thinking about getting a loan hopefully from family but i'm doubting that and i wanna have everything ready but as of now idk if im missing anything. I've spoke over the phone with Delta as im gonna the EZ-350s Kit and I was told to get insurance and the LLC (or something like that) before i can do customers windshields so im trying to calculate it this way.
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Not sure if its all correct but anyways. What are the first steps i need to complete before starting this business. Like 1-5 atleast and ill research them on my own if listed. Just have noone to talk about this to but here so its nice to be able to communicate with you guys.

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Re: New Guy Checklist Help

Post by KCBen » April 26th, 2019, 10:30 am

I am knew also, I bought my Delta kit, then I called one of the local windshield replace company's in my area and asked for a windshield it was given to me free of charge. then I started practicing. Once I felt confident I started with friends and family. I took a 1 day class with Delta just got lucky they were in my area, and my confidence is now there. There is more to the business side of it all, that I am still struggling with but its getting easier. Some of the local WSR guys might even hire you on for a while, MAYBE just be honest about the whole thing!! Here where I am at, I was offered a chance to work with a WSR company I even told him I was looking to go at it on my own at some point he had no problem with it and asked me for at least a one year commitment, not bad.

Do your homework, practice, have patience and have fun.

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Re: New Guy Checklist Help

Post by RCRNR » April 28th, 2019, 8:02 am

I started 8 months and love it. Delta has a new business checklist on site. That checklist seemed to cover almost everything I needed to get started. You will need a way to account for business as well. I use Pro Ledgers from Money Ledgers it is only around 100 dollars and no monthly fee. Also on Delta site it has the information needed to get set-up with the TPAs. Get set up with Safelite, Lynx, HSG, and Gerber. I use the script Delta has on site for speaking with the TPAs and non TPA insurance companies. Not sure which model you will use I am using the tent model at a mall location it works good. I will also start this summer going after a few fleets for the slower winter months here. The staff at Delta is much more savvy than me and have always been there when I had a question. For my business model the TPAs are a must being that accounts for 80 plus percent of my business. To this day I am still figuring out Web Design and how to advertise but a busy location has been my saving grace. You can see my main form of advertising on my web page www.rcrnr.net. I am on Google my Business as well now. Good luck and I hope you love this as much as most here do.

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Re: New Guy Checklist Help

Post by RC_Reggi » April 28th, 2019, 11:23 am

Sorry guys something happened couldn't see this post for days but now I can. Thanks for the advice!

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Re: New Guy Checklist Help

Post by Brent Deines » April 30th, 2019, 5:04 pm

Here is a link to the new_windshield_repair_checklist that RCRNR mentioned. You can download it in .pdf format at the bottom of the page.

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Post by RC_Reggi » May 1st, 2019, 12:38 pm

Has any of you guys ever had to write a business plan for this type of work. I'm trying to get a small loan of like $1400-1500 to cover the kit and everything i need to start but I cant go empty handed and all this business lingo on the template is confusing to me. I'ts the first time i've done something like this and don't have any physical help.

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Post by Brent Deines » May 2nd, 2019, 3:24 pm

Not sure where you are located but our local Small Business Development Center provides assistance on how to write a business plan, as well as just about anything else business related that you can imagine. I've been in business for myself since the 80's and I still find their classes and one on one assistance extremely valuable, but for someone just starting out it is a tremendous resource. Here they run the SBDC through the local community college but it may be different in your city and state. The Small Business Administration is also a great resource, and in addition to helping you write a business plan may also be able to help you with a loan. https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/plan ... iness-plan

If you are already using one of those resources and that is what you find confusing, ask them where you can get one on one assistance. Here is a list of additional resources but you should have some local ones that are not on this list: https://www.score.org/resource/list-startup-resources

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