The construction industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world right now. Homes are always in short supply and don’t forget all the business properties springing up everywhere. You don’t have to be building skyscrapers to feel the benefit though. As long as people have money in their pocket, they’ll be looking for ways to improve their homes.
So, even if you’re a one man band, looking to start up a small construction business, now is a great time to do it! Here’s a list of some of the equipment any construction business, big or small, needs to have.
You need to make sure your construction company is legal and permitted to operate. Operating under the radar of the authorities is always a bad idea, don’t be tempted. It’s pretty easy to get your license in place, just contact your local authority and they will give you the guidance you need.
If you want to appear professional to potential clients, it is also a good idea to register with a respected trade association.
Every construction worker needs a way of getting from job to job. But you’ll also have a lot of equipment to transport. This means a car won’t be adequate; it’s a much better idea to invest in a van. A good quality van is practical, and it makes you look more professional. Have your company name and contact details painted on the side, and it’ll look even better! If your business expands, you might eventually end up with a whole fleet of vans.
Don’t neglect your safety on the job, it’s only you who’ll suffer if something goes horribly wrong. Different jobs require different safety measures. If you’re working with gas pipes, you’ll need a multi gas detector, and if you’re working with heavy material, make sure you’re wearing safety gear like a hard hat.
You might want to go on safety courses so you’re as prepared as you possibly can be. And if you’re building a business, it’s helpful to have as many relevant certificates and qualifications as possible.
A Strong Set of Basic Tools
As a construction worker, your tools are your lifeblood. Without them, your business is worthless. The exact tools you’ll need will depend on the kinds of services you plan on offering to customers.
If you don’t know what you need, then it’s probably not the right kind of business for you to be starting. You should already of plenty of construction experience before you think about starting a business.
A Good Contact for Specialist Equipment
Occasionally you’ll need specialist equipment to carry out jobs. It doesn’t make good business sense to buy this kind of equipment, so just hire it.
You might have to try a lot of different suppliers before you find a good one. So, when you find a reliable supplier who charges good prices, keep hold of them! Building a strong relationship with those kinds of people is one of the keys to success.
Effective Advertising and Marketing
Every business needs to have effective marketing and advertising strategies. As I mentioned above, having your name and contact details on your van is a good start, but there’s a lot more to be done.
If you have the money but not the expertise, you could outsource your marketing to a specialist company. They’ll know what they’re doing and take some of the weight off your shoulders.