• What You Need to Know Before Venturing Into Contracting and Construction

    A contracting and construction venture can be very profitable, but starting a business is never easy. First, you must understand what goes into opening a construction business.

    Before starting your company, there are many things to consider. Read on for steps you can take to become a successful construction startup.

    Come Up With a Business Plan

    Create a business plan outlining your business's goals. According to this guide on how to start a business with ZenBusiness, the plan should describe your business and discuss how you'll provide services. It must outline all the stages of your business development, the time frame, the funding necessary, and the amount of money needed in each phase.

    It should also explain the business structure under which you’ll operate. Carefully evaluate the pros and cons of each entity type to help you decide what makes the most sense for your situation. For example, if you’re looking for self-employment tax savings and the option to exercise pass-through taxation, a VA S corp is a smart choice. If you only need asset protection to prevent your belongings from being liable in business matters, filing an LLC is a safe bet.

    Handle Legal Requirements, Taxes, and Insurance

    You must comply with the laws, regulations, and standards to instill confidence in your business and show prospective clients that you're organized. Obtain the necessary licenses, certifications, registrations, and permits for the business.

    Your business will have tax and insurance responsibilities. An accountant can walk you through the documents you need to file your tax returns. Your books should always be accurate since audits can happen, albeit not often.

    For insurance, arrange a meeting with an insurance agent to discuss the coverages needed for your business. You'll need to protect assets and personnel against work-related damage and injuries.

    Secure Your Financing

    Before starting your company, you must lease, rent, or purchase vehicles and equipment. You'll also need to pay for advertising and other bills. Moreover, you'll have to secure your financing before bidding on the first contract. Therefore, the earlier you apply for financing, the better.

    Network With the Right People

    Try to network with other contractors, suppliers, and business associates. Establish credit with suppliers, and ensure you have great relationships with other contractors who may help you finish jobs if issues arise. Finally, it's essential to have relationships with professionals, such as building investors.

    Hire Freelancers

    You may be unfamiliar with many of the issues involved in operating a business, so hire people with expertise in these areas to help you out. The best and fastest way to source help is to hire freelancers. Work with a recruiting agency that has vetted personnel who can handle activities such as design, tech, and marketing for you.

    Focus on Marketing

    Your business's success depends on how well it becomes known, and marketing is the most effective way of creating awareness about a business. Decide on the best marketing method based on your location and business goals. Options can range from TV and radio ads to blogs and brochures or a business portfolio.

    Budget for Construction Software

    Set aside funds for construction management software. This will enable you to automate and streamline business processes, including budget management, communication, scheduling, and invoicing. The best construction software solutions and applications can reduce the amount of time devoted to a project by hours or even days. Search online for the most highly-rated ones to choose from.

    Start Your Company Today

    Follow the steps above to ensure that you put your best foot forward when entering into the construction and contracting industries. The time you spend hiring freelancers, designing marketing, and working out the other specifics of your business operations will pay off in terms of success. 

    Join the Vienna Business Association for access to valuable resources and advocates who will help you grow your business!

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