When work needs to get completed on the side of a property, you need a safe and reliable method of getting up to the working height you need. The most common way to do that is to use scaffolding.
It’s an affordable way of building a secure platform on the side of any building. One of the great things about it is you can build a working platform according to your requirements, thanks to its modular nature.
Have you spent some time working in the construction industry? If so, you will understand how essential scaffolding is to builders and other tradesmen. You might also know that it’s an essential and affordable service to provide.
Are you thinking of setting up a business offering scaffolding services to the construction industry? If so, today’s handy guide will tell you what you need to know to get started!
Setting up your Business
The first thing you need to do is establish a legal entity for your new enterprise. In other words, you have to make it “official” that you are a business. Before you do anything, it’s worth thinking about the type of business you want to register.
Some scaffolding firms start off as self-employed, one-man-bands. While others prefer to go down the official company route for tax purposes. It’s worth speaking to a local accountant as they can advise you which option is best for your situation.
Once you’ve got the legal stuff out of the way, the next step is to work on a business plan. In a nutshell, it’s a document that outlines what you want to achieve and how you’re going to reach your goals.
You will need to make a compelling business plan because it’s what you will use to get funding for your new business. Ensure that you detail how much money you need to get started.
It’s likely that you’ll approach a company that offers scaffolding equipment finance. You need to think about who your target market will be so that you can borrow enough money to pay for the scaffolding you need.
Getting a Vehicle
As you know, scaffolding is made from steel. You will need some way of transporting your scaffolding from site to site. The answer is to lease a vehicle (i.e. a truck) adapted to carry those heavy metal pipes!
I wouldn’t advise buying one. Instead, lease one for three years or so. That way, you don’t have to worry about major repair costs as the vehicle gets older and racks up mileage.
The people that rent your scaffolding will want you to come and set it up for them. Unless you only ever plan to work on small-scale projects, you need to hire people to help you.
Ensure that the people you use have proper training to safely install and set up the scaffolding. They should also have adequate health and safety training too. After all; the last thing you want to do is worry about your employees injuring themselves or other people on the job!
Thanks for reading today’s guide to setting up a scaffolding business. Good luck with your new business!