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Using Steel Buildings to Jump Start Your Business


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Every business comes to that point where it must make a key decision to increase its capacity in order to grow. For most, the answer is an affirmative, “yes, I want to grow my business. " However, the daunting task of procuring space looms.

Finding local accessible space can be hassle that takes critical time away from the day-to-day tasks that you need to perform to keep your business going forward. Of course, there are available solutions that save time and money, as well as the headache of leasing or buying. Prefabricated steel buildings present a quick and effective solution for commercial applications.

Here are some ideas that will help you in choosing the right one for your business

1. Plan for growth. If you are a manufacturing business or anticipate product storage, make sure you plan ahead. A commercial steel building costs far less than building a standard structure. So, if you have the space on which to erect this metal building, plan to purchase 150-200% more space than you currently need. It would be a shame to be short-sighted if you'll need the space within the next few years.

2. Think convenience. If you have the space to erect a metal building next to your existing facility, you will be able to increase your capacity as well as ensure the efficiency of operations. This definitely is better than a storage building down the street or across town.

3. Do it yourself. If you are a contractor, have the resources, possess the ability and can take on such a project, you can look into metal building kits as well as steel garage kits. You can save time and money.

4. Does it need to be permanent? There are many portable building options available. These portable storage buildings are a great idea if your business is not going to be staying in the same location for an indefinite period of time or if you will need to set the storage building up at a work site.

5. Think outside the box. Metal buildings can have many usages other than storage or manufacturing. Barns, churches, airplane hangers, and garages are just some ideas that smart entrepreneurs and business people have used prefabricated metal buildings for.

6. Grow now, not later. Pre-engineered steel buildings can be erected in a relatively short period of time. Rather than worrying about the design, look to function. Chances are that someone else already thought up a solution, it may just be sitting in a catalog.

7. Do your homework. The Internet has a lot of information on the makes, models and sizes of the steel structures that are available. Ask questions. Talk to the dealers and builders. Explain your needs and seae what solutions they can offer.

One of the insights that business owners that have gone the route of using a pre-engineered metal building have offered is to see what the builder will do for you. Some will help you obtain permits as well as provide design plans to local building inspectors. This can save lots of time and hassle. An experienced builder will walk you through the process.

Overall, if you are looking to grow your business, then a metal building might just be what you need to keep the momentum going. Smart business owners will seize the opportunity to grow now, not later.

Jim ‘G’ Davidson is a freelance author for


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