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Tools of the Trade: Equipment Needed to Start Your Own Construction Company

Tools of the Trade: Equipment Needed to Start Your Own Construction Company

In the midst of starting up your very first business, it can be easy to forget a lot of things. You have to write up a business plan, get all necessary business licenses and insurance, and legally register your business. You also have to find a physical location and hire qualified employees to work for you. No matter what type of business you’re starting, all of these things are important to get done, but you also must remember to buy all of the necessary equipment and materials needed to run your business effectively. Here’s some basic equipment that you’ll need when starting a construction business.

Heavy Machinery

The main job of a construction company is to build new buildings and structures and remodel older ones, and this job requires a lot of heavy machinery to get the job done. When writing your business plan for your company, financing for your business as well as all the equipment you need will need to be detailed in the business plan.


A backhoe is a very useful piece of equipment that contains a digging attachment on the back and a loading bucket on the front— which can also be replaced with a hammer or other piece of equipment. You can get a lot of work done with just this one piece of equipment, such as digging holes, excavating, demolishing small projects, and breaking up concrete.


Excavators are one of the most recognizable pieces of equipment used by construction workers. They’re tractor-like vehicles that have a long arm with a digging bucket connected to the end. Excavators are needed for digging/ shoveling, heavy lifting, and they can even be used for cutting. There are different types of excavation equipment, such as a dragline excavator, used for different-sized construction jobs.


Trenchers are similar to excavators but are used to dig trenches in soil, which are used for drainage or cable purposes. Also like excavators, there are different types of trenchers. They’re also used when excavators can’t cut through hard ground.

Other types of machinery used on construction sites include bulldozers, graders, loaders, pavers, tower cranes, and wheel tractor scrapers. A trash hopper is another useful piece of equipment to have, and so is a truck and trailer attachment that can carry your necessary equipment to each construction site. Keep in mind things like towing capacity, loading limits, reliability, and safety when choosing a company vehicle for your towing needs. Your equipment needs may vary depending on the type of construction you’re specializing in and the projects you take on.

Basic Tools and Other Materials

The tools and other materials that you’ll need will also vary depending on what type of construction you’re doing, but you’ll definitely need the basics. Even the basic tools can slip your mind when planning an entire business. Some of the basics include:

  • Adhesive
  • Drills
  • Drywall
  • Hammers
  • Ladders
  • Paint
  • Saws
  • Screwdrivers
  • Sealant
  • Timber
  • Toolbelt

Another thing you’ll need for your construction company is some type of construction software. We live in a digital world, so having software to help your business run smoothly is necessary. Construction software will keep track of things like construction projects of every size, the amount of time you and your team spend on a project, and how you can work more efficiently, how satisfied your customers are with your work, and accounting, bookkeeping, payroll, taxes, and other financial aspects of your business.

Starting a construction business or any type of business can’t be done on a whim— it requires a well-thought-out plan. Another thing to keep in mind is that you also want to have good customer service in order for your business to grow. If you have a reputation for not completing a job or not doing your job effectively, not many people will want to hire your company for business. Always make sure you’re doing your best work and effectively communicating with your clients.

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by Brian Perry // Brian Perry is a contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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