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Tiny Home Bootcamp - Business Planning, Designing, and Building

by Keith Cronin • Last updated 04/2022

 

Course description

Business opportunities to design, construct, wire, sell, and market tiny homes.

Tiny homes are becoming more attractive as companies allow for remote work and housing costs continue to rise. This presents a big opportunity in the marketplace for those who are ready.

Join HeatSpring instructor and owner of the Solar Ambulance, Keith Cronin, as he details not only how to design and build a tiny home with all of the functional systems, but also business opportunities and processes associated with the tiny home industry.

What you'll learn

  • Deep electrical experience for sizing the solar + storage system
  • DC versus AC appliances
  • Battery storage
  • Appliances - appropriate selection for the application
  • Plumbing options and using PEX piping
  • Hot and cold water systems
  • Grey tank
  • Shower buildout
  • Heating fuel sources
  • Hot water tank
  • Propane versus other systems
  • Toilet options - cassette versus composting
  • Beds - home-sized versus folding
  • Budgeting a build using an example
  • Costing using spreadsheets
  • Contracts and why they are important
  • Setting a project timeline and managing your expectations
  • Managing the expectations of your team and clients
  • Estimating times to perform tasks
  • How to find partners in your area
  • Coordination with other subject matter experts
  • Where to source materials
  • Setting an agenda with a client
  • Defining scope of work
  • Communicating value
  • Progress evidence (photos, systems working, etc.)
  • Milestones
  • Payments
  • Option for ongoing maintenance
  • Referrals

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Learning Objectives

Participants in this course will upon completion of this course, be able to:

  • • To learn how to design and build all aspects of a tiny home
  • • To develop new skills to be used in the renewable energy and/or sustainability movement
  • • To explore tiny home design and build as a business model or additional revenue stream

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Full course outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment.

  • Set up email notifications and your student profile
  • Introduce yourself on the discussion board
  • There Will Be a Test
Module 1 - Welcome!

  • Welcome to Tiny Home Bootcamp
  • The 3 Opportunities - Technical, Business & DIY
  • Goals for You
  • How to Find a Project- Stationary Home- ADU or Mobile
  • Budgeting for Your Build
Module 2 - Tiny Home Electrical

  • Introduction to Tiny Home Electrical (01:59 minutes)
  • Electric and Solar Panels (06:26 minutes)
  • Review of Solar Equipment- Inverter, Charge Controller, DC to DC Charger, Bus Bar System (06:29 minutes) Preview
  • Electrical System Review- Difficult or Easy (01:25 minutes)
  • Electric System- Batteries and AC Components (09:45 minutes)
  • Ambulance DC System- How This Relates To Any Build - What Runs on DC? (09:44 minutes)
  • Electrical Connections-Terminations: Hydraulic Crimping Versus Ferrule (16:45 minutes)
  • Solar Panel Spec Sheet (.pdf)
  • Tiny Home Solar-Electrical Drawing - Download (.pptx)
  • Tiny Home Solar-Electrical Drawing - Video (13:56 minutes)
  • DC Fuse- MEGA - Video (02:27 minutes)
  • DC Fuse - MEGA - Spec Sheet (.pdf)
  • DC Fuse- ANL - Video (02:06 minutes)
  • DC Fuse- ANL - Spec Sheet (.pdf)
  • The LiFePO4 Chart Video Explanation (04:10 minutes)
  • The LiFePO4 Chart (.xlsx)
  • Which Solar Panels To Buy? (08:01 minutes)
  • Voltage Drop Calculations And Calculators (06:15 minutes)
  • How To Do An Energy Audit And Know How Much Power You Need? - Download (.xlsx)
  • How To Do An Energy Audit And Know How Much Power You Need? - Video (10:33 minutes)
Module 3 - Tiny Home Plumbing

  • Plumbing In a Tiny Home on Wheels - Water, Shower, Pumps (09:35 minutes)
  • Gray Tank- Where Does The Water Go? (07:38 minutes)
  • The Complete System- How To Plumb Everything (07:10 minutes)
  • Plumbing - How To Use Pex Piping; Connection Methods (09:33 minutes)
  • Plumbing - Toilet Options (04:54 minutes)
Module 4 - Business Planning For Success

  • Tiny Home Contract - Video Explanation (07:25 minutes) Preview
  • Tiny Home Contract - Download (.docx)
  • Ambulance Budget And Cost (09:53 minutes)
  • Ambulance Budget And Cost Excel File (.xlsx)
  • Spreadsheet to Create Flat Rate Pricing
  • Progress Evidence (Photos, Systems Working, etc) - Read This!
  • Setting an Agenda With a Client - Document (.docx)
  • Setting an Agenda With a Client - Video (11:49 minutes)
  • Payments - For Work Completed and Upcoming For Cashflow
  • Final Completion
  • Maintenance (optional) Contracts
  • Strategies To Go To The Market
  • Referrals & Testimonials
  • How To Create A Price Book For Solar Power Systems (09:59 minutes) Preview
  • How To Create A Price Book For Solar Power Systems - File Download (.xlsx)
Module 5 - Heating and Cooling

  • Heating Options - How To Stay Warm (17:50 minutes)
  • What Are The Best Heating Options
  • What Are The Best Cooling Options
  • Sizing Heating
Module 6 - Where To Find Items

  • Overview of Where To Research & Buy Items (08:47 minutes)
  • Electrical & Solar
  • Beds - Sofas
  • Appliances - What I Bought & Where to Get Them
  • Cabinets - What I built
  • Cabinet Build- Pull-Out Lockable Drawer Slide - Video (14:29 minutes)
  • Plumbing - What Did I Use?
Module 7 - Takeaways From The Course

When you complete the class you’ll have a strong understanding of the processes and strategies needed to either work at a company and have the requisite skills or start your own business. You’ll also be able to take these skills internationally and work in remote places and make a positive impact in the developing world. We will connect you to business opportunities where companies are seeking people with this background and experience.

  • When Will You Begin?
Module 8 - Bonus- Budgeting For Your Business

Watch these videos and download the excel file to create a budget for your business.

  • Video Lesson 1: Introduction to Budgeting Your Business (03:30 minutes) Preview
  • Download: Budgeting Excel File Template- Uses Macros (.xlsm)
  • Video Lesson 2: Budgeting Labor (04:55 minutes)
  • Video Lesson 3: Labor Productivity (05:25 minutes)
  • Video Lesson 4: Overhead- Introduction (05:19 minutes)
  • Video Lesson 5: Overhead- Advertising (02:32 minutes)
  • Video Lesson 6: Overhead- Professional Services (02:28 minutes)
  • Video Lesson 7: Overhead- Training (02:43 minutes)
  • Video Lesson 8: Overhead- Summary- Allocation (02:26 minutes)
  • Video Lesson 9: Overhead- Cost Summary (04:30 minutes)
  • Video Lesson 10: Overhead- Minimum Labor Goals (05:23 minutes)
  • Video Lesson 11: Company Breakeven (05:14 minutes)
  • Video Lesson 12: Gross Margin - Company Annual Budget (08:18 minutes) Preview
  • Video Lesson 13: Consulting-Commisions-Sales-Tool (03:14 minutes)
  • Download: Consulting-Commission-Excel File Template (.xlsx)
Module 9 - Clients, Buyers Journey, Storytelling Journalism

This week will get you focused on thinking about your clients in new ways. As Joseph Campbell coined the phrase - "The Hero's Journey", let's walk through how a buyer goes through the process of interest to decision to work with you. It can be said that everything your client does or doesn't do, revolves around a story (same for you as well). If you want to know what is driving their behavior (and yours), watch this series. From Madison Avenue ad agencies to Hollywood to anthropology, its all here. What does journalism have in common with your business? Everything. Look at how this relates to you and your business.

  • Who Is Your Client (55 seconds)
  • Client Service - Video 1 (04:11 minutes) Preview
  • Client Service - Video 2 (04:14 minutes)
  • Client Service - Video 3 (03:34 minutes)
  • Client Service - Video 4 (04:00 minutes)
  • Client Service - Video 5 (03:59 minutes)
  • Client Service - Video 6 (04:13 minutes)
  • Client Service - Video 7 (04:55 minutes)
  • Client Service - Video 8 (03:24 minutes)
  • Client Service - Video 9 (02:57 minutes)
  • Customer Service (.docx)
  • The Buyers Journey - Download (.pdf)
  • The Buyers Journey - Download # 2 (.pdf)
  • The Buyers Journey - Introduction (46 seconds)
  • The Buyers Journey - Video 1 (05:03 minutes) Preview
  • The Buyers Journey - Video 2 (04:04 minutes)
  • The Buyers Journey - Video 3 (04:50 minutes)
  • The Buyers Journey - Video 4 (04:53 minutes)
  • The Buyers Journey - Video 5 (03:51 minutes)
  • The Buyers Journey - Video 6 (02:36 minutes)
  • Storytelling - Framework- Download (.pdf)
  • Storytelling - Introduction (02 seconds)
  • Storytelling - Video - 1 (05:06 minutes) Preview
  • Storytelling - Video - 2 (05:43 minutes)
  • Journalism- Download (.pdf)
  • Journalism- Video - 1 (05:02 minutes)
  • Journalism- Video - 2 (05:18 minutes)
  • Journalism- Video - 3 (05:06 minutes)
  • Journalism- Video - 4 (04:17 minutes)
Module 10 - Copywriting, Google, Testimonials

Copywriting is distilled down to person to person communication. Let's see how this works in things you purchase and why it is so powerful to speak to one person and not everyone. Google are the masters of communication. In all their might, is simplicity. Learn how they talk to you in subtle, yet powerful ways. Testimonials - Why are they important? Today if you have a smart phone, its never been easier. And here's why.

  • Copywriting- Introduction (51 seconds)
  • Copywriting- Download (.pdf)
  • Copywriting- Download - Overview (.pdf)
  • Copywriting- Video - 1 (04:59 minutes)
  • Copywriting- Video - 2 (04:49 minutes)
  • Copywriting- Video - 3 (04:30 minutes)
  • Copywriting- Video - 4 (03:57 minutes)
  • Google- Introduction (43 seconds)
  • Google- Download (.pdf)
  • Google- Video - 1- WWHN (07:00 minutes)
  • Testimonials- Introduction (46 seconds) Preview
  • Testimonials- Download (.docx)
  • Testimonials- Video - 1 (07:01 minutes)
  • Copywriting Framework- Download # 2 (.pdf)
Module 11 - Your Team, Recruiting, Hiring, Ad Writing

As we look at the second pillar of your goals, after your clients, is your team. This section will look at finding the best, leading them and making leaders out of them. How to attract the right person for the role? Often it comes down to what you say and how you say it.

  • Recruiting- Introduction (55 seconds)
  • How To Hire - Download (.pdf)
  • The Hiring Guide- Video - 1 (04:15 minutes)
  • The Hiring Guide- Video - 2 (04:33 minutes)
  • The Hiring Guide- Video - 3 (04:14 minutes)
  • The Hiring Guide- Video - 4 (04:13 minutes)
  • The Hiring Guide- Video - 5 (04:20 minutes)
  • The Hiring Guide- Video - 6 (04:41 minutes)
  • The Hiring Guide- Video - 7 (05:06 minutes)
  • The Hiring Guide- Video - 8 (05:03 minutes)
  • The Hiring Guide- Video - 9 (04:33 minutes)
  • Ad Writing- Video - 1 (06:59 minutes)
  • The Hiring Guide- Video - 10 (03:31 minutes)
  • The Hiring Guide- Video - 11 (03:30 minutes)
  • Ad Writing- Introduction (54 seconds) Preview
  • Ad Writing- Download (.docx)
  • Ad Writing- Video - 2 (06:53 minutes)
  • Ad Writing- Video - 3 (09:20 minutes)
  • Ad Writing- Download # 2 - CAFA (.pdf)
Module 12 - Project Management, Service Agreements, Marketing Calendar

Project Management - How do you keep it all together? Simple software that is free (or their paid version is amazing as well). Service Agreements - Having work throughout the year is essential. It is also important to be a resource for your clients as new things come to market to help them with. Let's walk through how these work for you and your business. Marketing Calendar - Often we need to look to other industries to see how we can adapt and integrate their strategies with ours. Take a look at this idea for your business.

  • Project Management - Introduction (01:21 minutes)
  • Project Management - Software (05:46 minutes)
  • Service Agreements- Introduction (01:06 minutes) Preview
  • Service Invoice Agreement-Member Protection Plan- Download - Contract (.pdf)
  • Safety Inspection Checklist- Download (.doc)
  • Safety Inspection Checklist- Video - 1 (01:48 minutes)
  • Service Invoice Agreement-Member Protection Plan Video - 1 (06:13 minutes)
  • Marketing Calendar- Introduction (44 seconds)
  • Marketing Calendar- Download (.xlsm)
  • Marketing Calendar- Video - 1 (03:40 minutes)
  • Marketing Calendar- Video - 2 (04:25 minutes)
  • Safety Checklist- Download # 2 (.pdf)
Module 13 - Flat Rate Pricing, Request for Proposals, Customer Acquisition Costs, Sales Strategies

Eat at a restaurant- do they charge by the hour? How about when you buy a refrigerator? Lets show you how you can FRP in your business. Request for Proposals - While you might not do these solicitations, go through this lesson to learn why incorporating the strategies in it, will bolster your own proposals. Customer Acquisition Costs - As the industry has known, this number is excruciatingly high. How can we bring it down? This lesson will offer some insights. Sales Strategies - While every company has different strategies for O&M, here are a few ways to approach it.

  • Flat Rate Pricing- Introduction (45 seconds) Preview
  • Flat Rate Pricing- Download (.xlsx)
  • Flat Rate Pricing- Video - 1 (03:40 minutes)
  • Flat Rate Pricing- Video - 2 (03:23 minutes)
  • Flat Rate Pricing- Video - 3 (03:43 minutes)
  • Request For Proposals- Video - 2 (05:27 minutes)
  • Request For Proposals- Introduction (54 seconds)
  • Request For Proposals- Video - 3 (05:32 minutes)
  • Request For Proposals- Download (.pdf)
  • Request For Proposals- Video - 4 (06:36 minutes)
  • Request For Proposals- Video - 1 (03:24 minutes)
  • Customer Acquisition Costs- Introduction (43 seconds)
  • Customer Acquisition Costs- Guidelines (05:22 minutes)
  • Sales Strategies - Overview (06:58 minutes)
  • O&M Strategies - What should you offer? (07:59 minutes)
Module 14 - Your Company, Budget Tool

This section of the course is dedicated to your company. Budgeting, to the ScoreCard tool, Service Agreements, Line Extensions, O&M, Self Funding, Customer Acquisition Costs, Exit Strategies and Why I Sold.

  • The Budget Tool - Introduction (49 seconds) Preview
  • The Budget Tool - Download (.xlsm)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 1 (07:32 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 2 (02:52 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 3 (03:18 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 4 (59 seconds)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 5 (02:10 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 6 (01:27 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 7 (05:28 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 8 (03:45 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 9 (03:22 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 10 (05:48 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 11 (02:11 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 12 (05:52 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 13 (04:48 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 14 (03:54 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 15 (02:23 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 16 (04:26 minutes)
  • The Budget Tool - Video - 17 (09:20 minutes)
Module 15 - The ScoreCard

Want to know the difference between sales and profits? You've come to the right place. This is an extensive excel tool to help you wrap you and your team around performance. It will help you make better team decisions from this day, forward.

  • The ScoreCard- Download (.xlsx)
  • The ScoreCard- Introduction (01:36 minutes) Preview
  • The ScoreCard- Video - 1 (04:33 minutes)
  • The ScoreCard- Video - 2 (08:28 minutes)
  • The ScoreCard- Video - 3 (06:33 minutes)
  • The ScoreCard- Video - 4 (05:59 minutes)
  • The ScoreCard- Video - 5 (03:09 minutes)
  • The ScoreCard- Video - 6 (01:35 minutes)
  • The ScoreCard- Video - 7 (02:21 minutes)
  • The ScoreCard- Video - 8 (04:49 minutes)
  • The ScoreCard- Video - 9 (04:08 minutes)
Module 16 - Line Extensions, Partnerships, Self-funding Your Retirement

Line Extensions - What are they and how you can add them to your offerings. Partnerships - Who to partner with and why? Self-funding Your Retirement - We all know that the world is headed towards self funding our retirements. This is a way to do it.

  • Line Extensions- Introduction (53 seconds) Preview
  • Line Extensions - Download (.pdf)
  • Line Extensions - Video - 1 (04:54 minutes)
  • Line Extensions - Video - 2 (05:00 minutes)
  • Line Extensions - Video - 3 (04:51 minutes)
  • Line Extensions - Video - 4 (04:14 minutes)
  • Partnerships- Introduction (01:14 minutes)
  • Partnerships- Download (.pdf)
  • Partnerships- Video - 1 (04:58 minutes)
  • Partnerships- Video - 2 (03:41 minutes)
  • Partnerships- Video - 3 (04:53 minutes)
  • Partnerships- Video - 4 (03:59 minutes)
  • Self Funding- Introduction (51 seconds)
  • Self Funding- Download (.xlsx)
  • Self Funding- Download- PDF (.pdf)
  • Self Funding- Video - 1 (06:12 minutes)
  • Self Funding- Video - 2 (04:29 minutes)
  • Line Extensions - Download # 2 (.pdf)
Conclusion - Feedback and Additional Resources

This is our last module but you still have access to the all of course materials for 12 months (1 year), so keep working and you'll be able to complete the course at your own pace. After your year of access expires you can optionally extend access with a HeatSpring Membership. Enjoy the course and keep in touch!

  • 1 Year of Access to Course Materials
  • Feedback: 2-minute Exit Survey
  • Consider Joining as a HeatSpring Member
  • Certificate of Completion: Request a Certificate

Instructor

Keith Cronin

SunHedge LLC

Keith Cronin is an in-demand business consultant. He has helped solar companies achieve their goals through his perspective, recruiting, coaching sessions and products. After his company was acquired by SunEdison, he decided to help people and serve others in Hawaii and across the globe. After his tenure with SunEdison, he founded SunHedge. SunHedge assists small... Learn more

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Frequently asked questions

How does this course work?

You can begin this online course instantly upon enrollment. This 16 module course is delivered entirely online. This course is self-paced and you can set your own schedule to complete the materials. You can begin the lecture videos and other course materials as soon as you enroll. During your year of access the instructor will be in the course answering questions on the discussion board. After successfully completing the course, you will be able to generate a certificate of completion.

How long do I have access to the materials?

Students get unlimited access to the course materials as soon as they enroll and for one year (365 days) after enrollment. Rewatch videos and review assignments as many times as you want. View updates the instructor makes to the course as the industry advances. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world. After the one year of access expires, access can be extended by joining as a HeatSpring member. A single membership extends access to course materials for all past enrollments.

Is there a certificate of completion?

Yes, when you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our LinkedIn integration.

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