The U.S. is home to 3,609,869 construction businesses with growth in the industry of over three percent from 2020 to 2021. The construction industry has plenty of room for startups but it helps to have a little business savvy first.
Are you wondering how to start a home building company? Take a look at our guide to get you off on the right foot.
Research the Market
You need good information about your local market. While many areas of the country are thriving, some aren’t. You want to start your home building business in an area that isn’t oversaturated with construction companies.
Ask these questions first:
- How many home building construction companies are in your area?
- Do they have a good reputation?
- How much do they charge?
- Is the type of home and target market the same as yours?
- What is your target market?
- Are they lots of potential customers for your type of home building business in the area?
You can get help answering these questions from the Small Business Assoication. If there’s room for your home building niche in your market, then you’re ready to start a home building business.
Startup Business Plan
Every business needs a business plan. A business plan helps you stay on track and you won’t get funding without one. A few things to include in your plan:
- Types of services provided
- Structure and management of the business
- Target market
- Number of employees
- Estimated startup costs
- Billing management
- Marketing plan
This looks intimidating but by answering all these questions, you’ll have a firm guide as you start your business. You can get help from the Office of Small Business Development Centers (SDBC).
Registration, Licenses, Permits, and Insurance
Register your business with the state for legal and tax benefits as well as personal liability protection. Look into all the local and state rules, including zoning ordinances, before registering your business.
Don’t operate your business without the proper registration, license, and permits. The state levies hefty fines for businesses that break the rules.
You’ll also need insurance coverage for your business and employees. The construction industry has inherent dangers, so make sure your business has good accident coverage.
Most people don’t have the cash to start a business without a loan. Include enough for your startup costs plus a cushion for your first few jobs. Clients don’t always pay you on time.
Ask clients for some money upfront to cover your materials before you start a job.
Growing the Business
Businesses don’t grow on their own. You need a website, an up-to-date blog, and a good contractor internet marketing plan.
Be honest and communicative with your clients because happy clients are great advertisements! Underpromise and overdeliver as often as possible.
Give your clients a clear and coherent timeline for all projects. Put everything in writing.
Starting a Home Building Company
Starting your own home building company is challenging but rewarding. Do your research, write up a business plan, and secure your registration, licenses, permits, and insurance. Get your funding and you’re ready to start!
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