If you’re going through life, wandering and wondering what bigger things are out there for you – you’re right to do so. A lot of people are content in having a nine to five job in an office, going home, and doing that all over again, and again. But some people don’t get anything from that. They need adventures, they need something that changes every day – no two days the same, and requires them to really use what they’ve been blessed with. The idea of doing anything else may shatter them. – Does this sound familiar?
If you know you’re a creative soul that knows your way around tools, and are the go-to handyman at home, then why not use your skills and experience that you’ve mustered up for however many years, and build up your very own construction company?
You will be able to provide yourself a source of income – that means you’re your own boss – no working under anyone – you work for yourself! Going by your own hours, and deciding when you want to work, and when that much-deserved vacation is in order.
As this is only the beginning, your business will start small, just like any other startup, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy nonetheless. You will need to plan very carefully, with a lot of research and time taken into making this happen if you want any kind of success. It is also essential that you follow all the different regulations that are required for the industry you are getting into. All while working hard and doing all you can in terms of the service you put out to ensure that you earn your customers confidence. Remember, you’re not just trying to persuade them to buy a product off you – you’re encouraging them to trust you enough to accept a service that you provide, and that will take a lot more motivation, time, and effort. Having said that, it’ll all be worthwhile when you’re doing what you love.
Here’s how to get there.
Write out your business plan
Your business plan is a written document (produced by you) and essentially maps out exactly how you plan on getting your company up and running. You should include all the goals that you have, along with what you think you need to do in order to reach them. You will also need to add all the financial aspects of what your business will require, like the budget to get it started – the tools and equipment that are needed, not to mention all the different forms of marketing to get your business out there to the people. And don’t forget about any potential business partners that you can work with along the way. Think about it, you’re going to need supplies, like wood, so you’ll want to contact timber harvesting suppliers who can help you with that.
Consider taking out a loan
If you don’t have thousands of pounds worth of savings to help, then your best bet is to apply for a loan so that you have enough money to fund your new business. Rather than just going to the bank and asking, you should bring your business plan with you, and show the banker exactly what you intend on doing. Talk about all of the reasons why you want to start your own construction business, and most importantly, all the reasons why you think it will be a successful one. Then you can go through your options, and look properly at the interest rates and terms and conditions.
Get all your tools ready
Have a good look through all of your tools and equipment to make sure you aren’t missing anything vital. Any equipment that isn’t brand new, make sure you service it to ensure you get the best outcome and desired effect, as, over time, some things won’t work as well and may even need to be replaced. Buy anything that you don’t already have and know it will be needed for basic tasks, like measure levels, ladders, saws, and any little drill bits and pieces.
Market your services to the world
If you don’t market your business well, no one will even know you exist, and how do you expect to be successful that way? Advertise what you offer with different media outlets, whether that be the tv, radio, or online via social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can draw in some faces by offering discounts to new customers, or by them referring other people to you. Lastly, you can ask friends and family to spread the word, as most people find their services through word of mouth recommendations.