Concerns You Shouldn't Ignore About Running A Construction Company
By Business Desk
Wednesday, August 3, 2016.
Running a construction crew isn’t easy. That ought to be well known by now. There should be few people who go into construction without any concerns. But there are those who go into it without a proper consideration of the problems and necessities that will pop up. People who won’t plan and will end up stopping and stuttering in their business. This can cost money, so you need to avoid it. We’re going to help you do that with the considerations below.
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The number one concern
In case you haven’t guessed, it’s safety. Construction sites are among some of the more dangerous workplaces in the world. So you need to do more to ensure the health and safety of your employees. Carry out regular checks of equipment and make risk assessments often. Train and re-train as is necessary. Appoint a safety officer for the crew if you need to. Invest in all the right signs and clothing to keep your team safe.
Speaking of the team, it’s not just safety that matters. It’s the skills that the bring to the crew as well. Obviously, you’re going to need people who can operate equipment and who are physically fit for construction. But that’s not all. Having a keen eye and administrative mind is good for a safety officer. A salesman will help you cinch those deals. Scheduling, HR, project management. These are all tasks that could need a role set up for them as you grow. Be prepared to invest training in your team as well as hiring. That way, they have even more uses to you.
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Efficiency is key
Don’t just train people to be more efficient, either. Make sure that you organise the business efficiently. For example, plan equipment placement well before you begin work. Reduce the amount of space and time it takes to set-up and get from one task to the other. Make it less necessary for your workers to leave the site by providing utilities right there. For example, portable restroom trailers.
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Finding your clients
Construction is a business that is full of opportunity. But it’s also full of competition. So you need to be fast to act on clients. Making yourself a more attractive offer is a big part of it. Reaching for those accolades that you can proudly advertise on your site. Then making sure you provide a variety of ways for clients to get in touch with you. Email. Phone number. Twitter. Even on-site chat.
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As with any business, money is a crucial part of it all. Just another reason why you might need to think outside builders when you’re making roles for your team. But the biggest risk of losing money in construction is not understanding the costs of a job. Not tracking overheads and not calculating whether or not a job is profitable in the first place. You need to build the skill of giving accurate estimates. Sometimes, the job isn’t worth the money it will get you.
You’re going to come up against plenty of other challenges running a construction business in future. Hopefully this article should help you get the bigger concerns out of the way.