Business Idea

Start A Construction Company

About

Starting a construction company requires a great deal of effort, dedication, and most importantly passion.

If you're interested in how to sell construction, or selling construction online, you can use this page as a guide for everything you'll need to know.

Want to learn more? You can check out our full guide on how to start a construction company ➜

Key stats

market size
$180B
revenue (monthly)
$350K
starting costs
$212K
gross margin
42%
avg product price
$154000
time to build
12 months
growth
SEO
business model
Consulting
time investment
Side project

About

Starting a construction company requires a great deal of effort, dedication, and most importantly passion.

If you're interested in how to sell construction, or selling construction online, you can use this page as a guide for everything you'll need to know.

Want to learn more? You can check out our full guide on how to start a construction company ➜

Key stats

market size
$180B
revenue (monthly)
$350K
starting costs
$212K
gross margin
42%
avg product price
$154000

 

time to build
12 months
growth
SEO
business model
Consulting
time investment
Side project

Startup Costs

Min Startup Costs Max Startup Costs
Office Space Expenses $750 $7,000
Employee & Freelancer Expenses $151 $352
Equipment & Supply Expenses $566 $5,700
Website Costs $303 $7,215
Business Formation Fees $5,600 $20,400
Inventory Expenses $300 $10,000
Specific Industry Expenses $500 $4,000
Vehicle Expenses $2 $10,004
Other Expenses $0 $2,300
Software Expenses $162 $3,094
Advertising & Marketing Costs $75 $4,786

Successful Businesses

Business URL Rank
The Blue Book thebluebook.com #36,995
Construction Review Online constructionreviewonline.com #76,585
ConstructionPlacements constructionplacements.com #84,000
Dodge Data & Analytics construction.com #91,668
Construction Dive constructiondive.com #94,425
Building Design + Construction bdcnetwork.com #104,499
Forbo Corporate forbo.com #138,887
Fluor fluor.com #147,933
Green Design-Build Construction korteco.com #163,066
Bechtel Corporate bechtel.com #164,144
Kiewit kiewit.com #184,341

Pros & Cons

Pros Description
Flexibility You can put as much time into the business as you'd like. If you like the work and have some initial experience, you can start small and manage all aspects of the business on your own.
Scalable With businesses and processes changing daily, there will always be demand for new features, products and services for your business. Additionally, there are several different business models and pricing tiers you can implement that will allow you to reach all types of customers.
Meaningful business connections You never know who you will meet as a construction company. This could be the start of an incredible business opportunity!
High customer retention rates Once a customer invests in your product, they've invested their time and energy to utilize your product/service which is highly valuable to them. Typically, your product or service becomes indispensable to your customer.
Pick & choose the clients you work with Construction Companyes have the ability to choose the clients they work with. You have the freedom to work with only a few loyal clients or with hundreds of clients!
Control of workload With starting a construction company, you have the unique ability to choose how little or how much you want to work. You also have the freedom to decide which projects you want to work on, and can turn down the ones that do not interest you.
Cons Description
Finding The Right Supplier Most businesses in this space go the supplier/manufacturer route, which isn't a bad thing! However, finding the right supplier can take a lot of time, energy and trial/error. If done properly, this process can save you months (if not years) of time and energy. More on this below in the "finding a supplier" section.
Low margins The gross margins for your construction company are typically around 42%, which can make it more challenging to incur new expenses and maintain profitability.
High employee turnover In the construction company, employee turnover is often high, which can be quite costly and time consuming for your business. It's important to try and avoid this as much as possible by offering competitive pay, benefits, and a positive work environment.
Stressful work This line of work can be stressful for both you and your clients. This type of transaction is a significant financial decision for your client, so expectations are very high for you. Although this career path can be very rewarding, it also comes with its challenges and stressful moments.
Niche Market A niche business is not necessarily a bad thing, in fact, it can be the key to your success. However, it can be more challenging and time consuming to find the perfect niche market and target audience.
High overhead expenses With starting a construction company, there are overhead expenses that come with selling a physical product. You will want to make sure you strategically budget for these overhead costs. We discuss this more in the startup costs section below.

Marketing Ideas

  • 1

    Affiliate program

    Affiliate marketing is a great way to bring in a new revenue stream, especially when you don't sell products or services.

    Simply put, an affiliate program is an agreement where a business pays another business or influencer ("the affiliate") a commission for sending traffic and/or sales their way.

    The affiliate typically gets a unique link where clicks and conversions can be tracked.

  • 2

    Direct Sales

    Direct sales strategy implies a direct contact between a seller and a consumer without the involvement of any third party. Direct selling is popular in sectors where sellers communicate with their clientele personally. The sales technique occurs at non-store locations which include at home, work, or online.

    For direct selling to succeed, hire a few (or many) salespeople to support the sales conversion process. It's critical that you assign them specific roles and responsibilities to nurture the client and provide excellent support.

  • 3

    Word of mouth

    Word of mouth is when a consumers reflects their interest in a company’s product or service in their daily dialogues.

    Therefore, word of mouth advertising is essentially a free advertising triggered by the customers experience.

    According to Nielsen, 92% of people trust recommendations from friends and family.

    Therefore, in today’s hyper-connected world, a single recommendation through a word of mouth can have a huge impact to your business.