I am starting a business in the home automation industry in Atlanta, GA and would like some feedback on what you think of my thoughts.
I am currently working for another company so my personal time is limited to after work hours. I was thinking of using my home as an office and showroom to invite clients over for meetings and to display the technology I can provide. I don’t have enough money to invest in an office so I thought this would be a good idea. This way I can show what I have to offer and how it works in an actual living environment. Investing in a store and investing in equipment would be too expensive. Do you think this would be a good idea?
Basically, I can show a complete home automation that my company will design, install, and program using Crestron technology. They will see audio and video distribution for the whole house, lighting control, security, HVAC, and more all displayed on touch panels. They will see some control solutions including in-wall and hand held Crestron touch panels, iPhone, and iPads. They will also see on the touch panels things like the weather and news headlines. I will even do a small theater. For everything else I would not have in house, I plan on creating brochures to show other options.
The reason I am starting my business is 1) it’s my passion. 2) The current company I work for do not treat their customer’s right and don't provide their workers with the necessary tools to get the job done correct as well as other issues. 3) I want to be able to take the time to design systems correctly so that on sight work is more accurate and faster to install when you have a plan on paper as well as having the client know that we are taking his system seriously by documenting all aspects of the job. Many clients say that I should start my own business and now I feel the time is right.
I started off as an installer and worked my way up to designing and programming the systems as well. I have successfully done many jobs in the Atlanta area including some celebrities. Since I started doing my business after hours my clients have been very pleased and I want to be able to extend this service further. I know having something to show means allot and that is why I thought setting up my house would be a good idea. I already have a website which I will be updating soon, business cards, a portfolio showing my process of design to ensure the home owner knows and sees what he is investing in, and I will be creating some brochures soon. Money is tight so this seems like my only solution. As far as products, I am already licensed to sell and have access to equipment and I have installers ready to work. All I need know are customers and a good marketing solution. This is not my expertise so I would need help in this category as well.
Thank you for your time and your feedback! If you have any suggestions they are all welcome. I am also considering getting a business partner but I have not found a good candidate as yet. I feel two heads are better than one but for now it’s a thought.
If anyone out there is considering getting a AV system installed, Know someone who would like something like this, or, is interested in learning more, dont hesitate to contact me.