Have you spent a lot of your time studying for or working in heavily practical jobs? Do you have skills from manufacturing and construction but you want to start a business in a different sphere?
Maybe you’d like to get a little more creative than you’ve been able to before. Working in fabrication allows you to take on all sorts of projects for all sorts of clients. But as well as the practical metalworking skills you already have, you need to know a few other things.
1. Know your opportunities
First, you have to realize that there is a very broad range of demands for a fabrication business. You might take on one contractor and do most of your work for them. Or you might take on individual projects for public and private customers alike.
Regardless of which opportunities you go for, you have to start adopting the qualities customers look for in fabrication providers.
You need to be able to tell them what your capabilities are, in terms of what materials you work with as well as what tools you use for the job. They need to know whether you can do cutting and forming, welding, assembly and others. There are opportunities for all kinds of skill-sets. You just need to be very clear on which opportunities you can take.
2. Know the equipment you need
You’re obviously going to have a need of the actual tools you use for fabrication. Metal-working relies on some serious equipment, after all. But you also need to start finding your suppliers. Get in touch with local metal suppliers as well as those for equipment you’ll need to keep ordering in.
For instance, companies like Welding Outfitter will be essential in providing and repairing a lot of your safety equipment. When you get in touch with suppliers, it’s a good idea to let them know you’re a business with the demands of a business. That way, they may be willing to start a longer-term relationship with you including discounted prices.
3. Know your people
As well as knowing the skills and equipment to keep the practical side of the business running, you need to know how to appeal to your market. One of the best ideas in marketing a fabrication company is by finding a niche.
Do you specialize in creating goods for manufacturing industries to implement? Or are you more suited to creating things like sculptures and artistic works for companies and public services?
Fabrication is a job that’s much more fit for the individual customer than common industry practices. You need a problem-solving head as well as the right equipment to tackle those problems. We hope this guide helps you spot the opportunities for you in that rather exciting career.