There are many facets to working on a construction site. Even though construction is annoying and a hassle to the surrounding residents, it’s one of the largest employment opportunities because it offers so many jobs. There so many things that need to get done from set up and break down crew to fork lift drivers, brick layers, electricians, bulldozer drivers, plumbers and more. However, one of the most major jobs besides the actual building itself, is the clean up. Construction leaves such a mess in it’s wake, the construction site clean up crew may have the hardest job of all. If you are wanting to start a business, getting into construction cleaning services might be the way to go. Here is how you would go about starting a construction site clean up company.
- The first thing you have to do is apply for a business license, just like any other company. The business license will allow you to operate the construction site clean up business. Your local county clerk’s office or small business administration office will be where you need to go in order to find out about all for the forms you need to file and fees that need to be paid. If you are considering a partnership, forming a corporation or a limited liability company then your upcoming business also needs to be registered with the state’s secretary of state. Once this is done then you can apply for an employee ID number with the IRS. This is what you will use on all business documents including your taxes. Business insurance should be a consideration at this time especially for this type of business. In the event of an accident or injury on the job, you’ll want to be covered.
- Once all of the above is completed and approved then you’ll need to start hiring employees. The best employees for a construction site clean up company are those with a background knowledge of industrial clean up. Your employees might have to be bonded in order to be able to legally work in a construction zone. Surety bonds can help to cover any legal fees so it’s not a bad idea to make it a requirement for employees to purchase their own surety bonds from the insurance provider. If you do this then you’ll need to make sure you get copies of the surety bond certificates. Hiring employees can be pretty difficult. You should research the kinds of employees that you’ll need to hire before you start conducting interviews. This will help you to know what you are looking for when you talk to potential hires.
- Before you decide who you are going to hire, you’ll want to purchase all of your construction and clean up equipment and materials. Of course you’ll need cleaning supplies like chemicals, brooms, dustpans, metal polish and window cleaner. You’ll also need things like big garbage bins, specific cleaning supplies for different materials like wood, metal or stone. Aside from that you may even need small bulldozer in order to remove any extensive construction debris that was left behind. Safety gear like dust masks, first aid kits, hard hats, safety goggles and appropriate uniforms should also be on your list. Lastly, you’ll want some sort of company truck or van and in order to carry the clean up equipment to each of the job sites.
- Now, you are ready to get started. Once you have your equipment and crew, you can start calling around to local construction companies as well as property management companies, renovation businesses and janitorial services in order to market your services. You should have a brochure put together in order to let people know exactly what you have to offer. On the brochure you should include your contact information, what services you offer, before and after photos and what hours you operate.
And that is basically it. You will just have to continue marketing and soliciting business and trying to find work until someone calls you back, eventually. It might be difficult getting started but all you need is a few big jobs where you do a great job and then word will start to spread.