Monday, January 27, 2014

Georgia Water *Treatment*???  GWT is now the Georgia industrial representative for Orival filters.  I've used these the past few years as my standard self-cleaning 5-10 micron filter.  For rainwater, we used them for flows from 5 - 150 gpm.  But Orival has standard products up to 24" and 10,000 gpm, with custom manifolds bigger than that.

You can catch a glimpse of one of these in action here:

Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Week Wasn't Over!

The LLC registration allowed me to do all the other stuff that I needed right away.

Bank Account - Since I use Bank of America for personal checking, I signed up for a business account. A little scary that I could transfer all the startup money to the new account, with just a phone call!  

Logo - This was a great process, and I highly recommend Crowdspring.  Here's a link to the project, which will be viewable until mid-February only.  For $300, I had over 100 choices, from dozens of different artists.

Now I need to print business cards before my Monday appointments!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Checked off the list this week:

LLC registration (tip:  Legal Zoom was worthless, and Georgia Secretary of State website VERY easy to use)

Business License - Dekalb County was a pleasure to work with.  Really. Had a little trouble categorizing the business, which surprised me.  How many manufacturer rep firms are there??? According to these guys anyway, the NAICS number is 541613.

The zoning department could have been my biggest obstacle, as there could be a real problem if I were storing the huge tanks in my front yard. Nice to see a little trust, even if they make a note to later check on me.

Liability Insurance - For a small company like mine, shopping the web was easiest.  I definitely recommend using a few of the services, especially if your business doesn't fit a neat category.  GWT is going to be mostly sales, but also a little jobsite labor.

Both the Licensing and the Insurance people want to know "how much are you going to sell this year?"  So do I!  I decided to guess low.  I think that they audit these things after your first year, and adjust next year's bill accordingly.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Freeze Protection

After this week's cold snap (low was about 7°F), we have seen quite a bit of freeze damage. The concerns with above-ground water tanks include:

  1. Damage to the tank or liner.  Probably only going to happen if the whole tank freezes, as water can expand above or below the waterline.  We would need a full week of temperatures below 20 in order for that to happen.
  2. Damage to pumps or piping when the ice begins to thaw.  This is more likely.
  3. Damage to exterior above-ground piping.  MOST LIKELY.  But we can prevent this the same way we protect any other pipes.  Insulation and heat tape, drain, or bury.
If you have any tips for leak-free installations, please add them in the comments.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Hello World!

Back into the rep business.  I've learned so much the past 20 years.  I've seen successful rep companies, and some that weren't.  Big markets and small.  This is going to be fun!