Have you ever wanted to own and operate your own service business? Perhaps you would like to take your existing business to the next level. Ray Gessner, P.E. has been running a chimney sweep business for the past 20 years and has operated in over 7 states. We have a class A contractor’s license, A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and wonderful reviews on Yelp and Google. The key to our success is exceptional training, standard procedures and offering the best service to our most valued clients.
We plan to expand our brand nationwide and are looking for individuals who would like to own and operate in their own local territory. This operation is not a franchise, but simply a marketing agreement with trademark name use availability. Read below to see how you can become part of a nationwide expansion and pre-order of “Become a Chimney Sweep.”
There are 10 levels to become part of our nationwide expansion. The concept is designed to allow for our expansion companies to slowly develop their business into a world class company and decide if becoming involved with the “A Step in Time” brand is mutually beneficial to all parties.
Level 1: Simply show interest in the chimney sweep business. Research your local area regarding the laws of contractor licensing, feasibility of start-up cost, insurance requirements, tools involved and whether you would like to take the leap into becoming a chimney sweep business owner. Many people who have wanted to own and operate their own business have not considered the correct path towards success and that is why nearly half business are no longer in business after 5 years. Fail to plan and you plan to fail.
Level 2: Business license, insurance, contractor’s license and training. A Step in Time offers three sets of training which is designed for the Apprentice, Journeyman and the Master chimney sweep. Most of the training provided is to provide detailed understanding of state and national building codes which regulate our industry. The second level of training involves proper chimney inspections, safety concerns and complete report generations to properly communicate findings with our clients. The third level of training is designed to provide knowledge regarding proper repairs for commonly encountered problems. The journeyman level of training focuses on complexed inspection issues and difficult chimney repairs including relining and repairs. Finally, our Master Chimney Sweep training and certification fully encompasses IRC building codes, mastery of NFPA 211, detailed testing along with proven hands on experience.
Level 3: Report generation, marketing materials, training with office support, pricing for service and repairs, adwords implementation, radio and television ad generation. Service location map advice and service scheduler with mobile functionality. Training regarding report presentation and client satisfaction training.
Level 4: Servicing clients, quality control and service report review. GPS installation of vehicles and critique of photo, analyses and report documentation. Report generation of customer satisfaction and online review management.
Level 5: Advertising budget and profitability analysis. ROI lead reports and strength analysis of operation. Asset analysis regarding employee strengths and weaknesses, competition analysis and suggestions for business developments.
Level 6: Complete lead generation and marketing solutions. Analysis of cost per lead and return on investment with recommendations.
Level 7: Path option analysis whether business owner should continue as self contractor with existing name or forge path towards A Step in Time location.
Level 8: Google, Yelp and Facebook review analysis. Detail investigation regarding contractor licenses, insurance reviews and employee safety training and procedures. Business growth, program satisfaction review and profitability study.
Level 9: Master Chimney Sweep completion and two year authorization of A Step in Time name use agreement implementation.
Level 10: Certified Master Chimney Sweep completion and full authorization of A Step in Time name use agreement implementation.
Pre-order your copy by email for $25 (paid at a later date)
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