Traveling Roofing Salesman
Stormchaser: The Life of a Storm Remediation Specialist
In 2010, Hailstorms in the United States caused nearly $10 billion in property damage to homes across the country. The vast majority of these storms take place from March through September.
Due to the sheer volume of damage and demand for roof (and siding, gutters, etc) replacement after a storm, local contractors cannot meet the needs of homeowners after a storm. Further, they are not as adept in the insurance replacement process as storm specialists are. Because of this, an entire niche industry has evolved over the past few decades in order to properly restore communities after storms.
A new type of contractor has been created: “the stormchaser”. Highly mobile, moving state to state and responding to homeowner demand created by storms. These contractors are licensed in every state in which they work, or will create business partnership with a local roofer and perform the work under their name. Contractors, however, are only part of the process. Marketing and sales for this industry is just as important, that’s where you come in. Compensation models vary from one contractor to the next, but one can reasonably expect to profit between $750-3000 from each and every job. About half of all HailRecruiting clients actually offer an optional base salary.
The demand for quality a Roofing Salesman remains incredibly high. When a hailstorm hits, time is the critical factor and competition can be as frenzied as a gold rush, so effective sales and marketing becomes critical. While even moderate stormers make good money ($75k- $125k/year), a good and dedicated salesman will readily double that amount.
A Roofing Salesman is often – a 1099 contractor – who is under contract with the construction contractor to represent him to the marketplace and sell his services, some HailRecruiting clients now employ W-2 salesmen individually. As such, the Roofing Salesman reaps all the tax benefits of self-employment. Travel, food, lodging, etc on the road is tax deductible (bear in mind that some contractors pay for some of this for salesmen, so it’s not out-of-pocket, thus not tax deductible).
Typically, the traveling Roofing Salesman is on the road for 3-4 weeks at a time and works Monday-Saturday when on the road usually up until dusk. Their mornings are generally spent doing administrative paperwork and their afternoons and evenings are spent selling, because that’s when homeowners tend to be more available. They do, however, enjoy the opportunity to take months of vacation during the winter, during the off-season. Many seasoned reps only work 6 months out of the year while still making six figures.
Travel is extensive and one must be sure their lifestyle can accommodate this. There is simply no way around it. Time is the enemy in this industry and we need to accomplish as much as possible as quickly as possible after each storm event in order to maximize our own revenue and profit potential.If you can envision this fitting your own lifestyle, there’s an enormous amount of work out there for you. We strongly encourage you to contact us and explore it further.
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