Starting a plastering business is not easy. This is simply because if you cannot deliver quality, it will start showing from Day 1 after you finish your job. Therefore, either you have to be an expert plasterer yourself or open a company and hire the best in business. The demand for plastering has shot up exponentially in recent times because there is a boom in land development and construction activities all over the world. Hence if you plan to get into the plastering business, the time to do so is NOW!
There are two ways that you can go about it. The first is working on your own as a one-man-army if you are confident about your abilities or starting your business with hired help if you are not an expert in this trade. Both the possibilities will be discussed here in a nutshell.
As an Individual entity
The first thing that you should do is to enrol in a course that gives theoretical lessons as well as hands-on practical training in plastering. You can opt for extensive trade diplomas stretching to a year or two or short term courses where the focus is on a particular aspect of plastering. Your next step is to get a licence as a plasterer. Here you should enquire thoroughly about the requirements as statutory requirements differ from State to State. For example what is needed for a licence for commercial plastering in Melbourne, Victoria might not be the same for some other city or State.
Before you establish a company, you will do well to do private jobs to sharpen your skill sets further. It will also be an opportunity for you to market your skills and build up a portfolio of satisfied clients. Once this is done, you can be sure that when you ultimately launch your company officially, you will have many references to bank on for business.
Finally, plastering is an art and even the slightest of errors can blow up into visual glaring blunders. Hence invest in top quality tools, even if it is expensive at the initial stages itself. It will help you to deliver high standards of work and will pay you back many times over in the long run.
As a commercial enterprise
Once you have decided to start your own plastering company, the first step is to decide the structure of the company. Do you want to be the sole owner or wish to take in partners? If it is a limited company, you should hire professionals for its registration, understand tax obligations and to get a license for trade. You have to open a bank account with the name of the company. Do not mix company and bank accounts even if the business bears your personal name.
You have to arrange for necessary finance, the bulk of which will go for buying equipment, office furniture and other infrastructure and a van to take your team around. To stay connected in the modern digital environment, you have to invest in PCs, software, servers and smart phones as well as get a domain name and a website up and running. More business orders are received online today than any other medium and you should be geared for it.
Finally do not forget to take out business insurance. It will protect you personally from any liabilities and litigation from clients or your workers.
These are some of the resources required for starting a plastering business.