Laying the Foundation for Your Construction Business

A lot of people dream about starting their own business rather than spending their life with a 9-to-5 job. If you are one of them, then you need to know that while the path to becoming a business owner is satisfying and exciting, it’s not without its share of challenges. So, before you jump in with both feet, make sure that you are ready for it and willing to do whatever it takes.

Starting a Construction Business

starting-construction-businessYou can launch your own construction business easily if you take the right steps. These are:

  1. Establishing Your Company’s Mission and Vision

Fact- mission-driven workers are 54% more likely to stay in a company for at least 5 years and 30% more likely to become high performers than those whose sole motivator is the salary. This only goes to show how important it is to have a company mission and vision.

One of the best ways to identify your own vision and mission is to take some time out for yourself and think about the main reasons why you want to start the company in the first place. You can ask yourself questions like:

  • What do I plan to achieve with my company?
  • What change can I bring with my company?
  • How can my company be different and better than other construction companies in my location?

Once you have the answers to these questions, you will be able to write down the perfect mission statement and vision without a problem.

  1. Draft a Business Plan

There are many reasons to have a strong business plan. For instance, it can help you devise a step-by-step strategy to success. It can also help you manage your cash flow and plan business expansion, etc.

To create a solid business plan, just follow these steps:

  • Write down a brief description of your business along with its specialty and mission statement.
  • Create a list of construction services that you want tp offer. Write down the estimate price range for each service.
  • Cover the various strategies that you would like to use to acquire new customers and how you can compete with the existing players in your area
  • Identify your biggest competitors and list them down along with their strengths and service rates
  • Identify your team which includes both your employees and the contractors. Also, mention the other workers that are contributing to your business
  • Write down the details of the cash flow projections, capital requirements, and debt (if you have any)

As soon as your business plan is ready, you will be able to have a better idea about your current situation and the kinds of challenges that you may encounter as you proceed. This information will help you make appropriate preparations so that once you start working, there will be few roadblocks in your way.

  1. Get Licenses and Insurance

get-license-insuranceIt goes without saying that you will need to get appropriate licenses as per the regulations set by your municipality. You will need a general contractor license to start with. However, if you want to offer expert services in certain construction jobs, then you may need a specialty contractor license. Of course, the specifics and the formalities you need to learn by doing some research on your end as the rules change from one state to another but you will most likely be required to show work experience, balance statements, etc. for the latter.

You also need to insure both your business and employees as per the law. However, it’s also a smart move as it can prevent massive costs in case things go south in the future.

You will need general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance as a bare minimum, but you can also check out comprehensive policies to see if they offer better value for your money.

  1. Learn the Latest Industry Trends

No matter where you are located, chances are that you already have competition. So, you want to make sure that you are prepared for the same and know the secret sauce that will help you acquire customers.

You want to learn about all the latest industry trends so that you are not looking for answers when you get some of your biggest projects. For instance, you want to know what kind of new equipment and tools are available in the market, the latest sustainable construction methods in the industry, etc. Basically, you want to come off as knowledgeable and experienced construction business rather than a new player that’s still learning its way around.

  1. Work on Marketing and Branding

Marketing and branding are important for every business, and it’s no different in the construction industry. The following are a few tips that you can help you with both of these:

  • To create a unique brand, learn how to design top-quality construction logos There are all kinds of online services that allow you to create your own logos in a matter of minutes.
  • Create an online presence for your business with a premium website and also a blog if possible. You should also be on social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
  • Learn the basic techniques of search engine optimization (SEO) so that more and more people are able to find your business on the Internet easily. If you don’t have the time amd money isn’t a problem, then you can also contact a professional digital marketer to do the work for you.
  • Get your business listed in online directories and also optimize your website for local searches since most of your clients will be based locally.

Starting your own business is never easy, and it’s even more challenging in the construction industry as there are a lot of legal formalities to take care of. That said, if you have a firm determination and a go-getter attitude, then you will be able to make your dream come true for sure. Besides, this guide will be able to make your job a lot easier. Good luck!

Erin Emanuel