Commercial construction brings plenty of challenges as everything is bigger, more challenging, requires real experience and probably a lot of help. So, what do you need to know if you are jumping into this area of the construction world and plan on starting your own business? There are plenty of places you need to start but let’s focus on what you need to do to get work and make sure that you are delivering at a high level of quality. Doing one project the right way will open the door for plenty of other projects and keep you pretty busy throughout the next several years. Quality, especially in this industry, usually is what wins out at the end of the day.
You’re committed to providing quality work but you need to find some ways to market yourself. A great place to start is LinkedIn. Remember, people probably are not heading to Google to find a contractor who can build a mall or school. They want someone who others recommend. LinkedIn allows you to connect with architects and builders in your area and introduce your brand. They may give you some small projects to start but if you prove yourself to them, they are probably going to send you bigger work because you are making them look very good.
Another thing you need to do is to take some time and work with subcontractors in your area, talk to them about the type of work they’ve done in the past, especially their commercial experience. This can be valuable because it tells you who the best teams are for plumbing, crane rental, electrical, concrete and so forth.
Having these teams together and working directly with people who have the trust of the decision makers on these bigger projects can help you get your new company off the ground and stay steady when it comes to work, especially if you are delivering high-quality work yourself. Give these options a try as soon as you get started with your new business.