May 25, 2021, 2:35 PM
So You Want to Start a Concrete Company? Here are 5 Tips!
Getting into the concrete business is an excellent way of providing financial security to yourself and your family. It may seem difficult at first, but it doesn’t require a huge capital or a big staff.
It is also the type of business with excellent potential because you can grow it as large as you want it to be. However, a successful business requires careful planning, ensuring enough capital for operations, and acquiring everything needed to thrive in the market.
Build a solid foundation for your upcoming business! Here are five essential tips to help you come up with a concrete plan:
Identify a Suitable Market
Locate your target market and the types of masonry work done in that demographic. This will help you decide your business structure, what type of concrete services you want to provide and the tools you’ll need for them. For instance, you may want to start with pouring driveways or sidewalks, targeting homeowners directly. You may also choose to become a concrete subcontractor to larger contractors at first.
Take Small Steps at First
As with any business, you need to start small and provide only a few services instead of trying to offer everything under the sun. That’s because several specialized services in the concrete industry call for costly equipment with few uses. Avoid wasting your startup capital on expensive tools that will only be used occasionally for projects requiring customized services.
Register & Attain the Necessary Licenses and Insurance
Those business cards can wait. Getting your corporation registered is essential for a new business: only after that will you be able to obtain the proper state, county, or local city licenses. Apply for one or more of the following types of insurances as well:
- Property insurance
- General liability insurance
- Commercial auto insurance
- Worker's compensation
The goal here is to protect your business from various liabilities related to clients and employees.
Buy or Lease Equipment
A concrete business needs special equipment, such as a volumetric concrete truck and hauling van to complete your jobs on time and with desired results. If you’re going to open an office, it should have the usual equipment such as a computer, stationery supplies, etc.
Set Appropriate Goals
As a new business owner, you need to determine all the ways to create a positive cash flow once you’ve covered the start-up costs. For this, decide the pricing of your services and estimate the costs of each job: materials, machinery, equipment rentals and workers. After sourcing all the funds that will be needed and determining the amount of profit you want to earn in a given time frame (a month or by the end of the year), you will get an idea of the number of projects you will require to reach your profit goal.
Ready to take the plunge? Contact one of our friendly and professional sales experts to set your business up with the equipment that will help to make the work easy.