Operating a business to install residential and commercial fencing materials will require well-trained employees. Most homeowners or business owners have very specific needs for fencing property, but serving those needs will require good workers who provide an excellent installation every time. No amount of great materials can make up for a poor or average installation job. Running the business will largely center on obtaining good contracts and paying employees well, so they will remain loyal. Employee turnover can rapidly erode profits in any business.
Obtain a business license before opening a fencing business. Rent or buy space for an office, along with adequate indoor or outdoor storage for fencing materials. Install a large fence on company premises, with security system, to protect supplies on hand, if materials will be left outdoors.
Interview contract workers available for part-time or full-time work, if hiring actual employees is initially too costly. Ask for references and ask to view recently completed jobs. Discuss details of all fencing installations that will be offered to discover how much training will need to be conducted.
Create a display to provide ideas for potential customers. Erect small sections of fencing materials to give the idea of what an enclosed property can look like. Provide leaflets and brochures that describe the products offered and all warranties available. Don't overlook installing invisible fence systems, too.
Rent or buy a truck for delivering materials to any work site. Obtain bids right away, once a truck is ready to deliver the materials. Make sure you are well-trained to service all types of fence installations. Obtain phone numbers for teaming partners who might furnish additional workers for large contracts. Spend time developing a workforce and training all workers for unique or large jobs, so the business can grow quickly.
Hire a consultant for any jobs that seem beyond worker expertise. Don't necessarily turn down work that seems challenging, but never send workers to a job without an excellent supervisor. Keep in mind that any customer can sue the company for time lost in certain situations, not just materials lost on a poor job. Avoid this by using a consultant hired from a neighboring county, versus hiring someone who works for a direct competitor.
Talk with key personnel at a concrete company to ensure concrete scheduled for fencing jobs can be done on time. Use good communication among customers, employees, and all stakeholders to ensure a fencing job is completed in a timely manner. Never assume concrete can be delivered in a specific date, for example. Always make sure by calling ahead.
Judi Light Hopson is a national columnist for McClatchy Newspapers. She is founder of Hopson Global Education and Training and co-author of the college textbook, Burnout to Balance: EMS Stress. She holds a degree in psychology from East Tennessee State University, and has been a professional writer for 25 years.