Brickyards as a start-up business opportunity For Beginners
Get Yours Started Right
It may seem a daunting experience when you first consider starting your own brickyard, but setting up your first one is not unlike laying the foundational stones of your first actual construction. In this article, we’re going to explore how you can make the very most of your first brickyard, and we’ll be providing you with helpful hints and tips to guide you along the path towards success.
You Don’t Have To Go Big Or Go Home
Often, people forget that large machines require significant financial investment. That isn’t always the option for many first-time entrepreneurs looking to get their first business off the ground.
Its all about cashflow
Apart from financial limitations, bigger machines consume raw materials like it’s nobody’s business!
Additionally, while a larger machine may produce more bricks, you’ll find yourself having to procure more machinery to maximise on your block and/or paver productions. While you may find that larger machines produce more bricks, your mixing throughput increases along the same lines. If you find yourself slacking on the mixing station, you’re going to need a skiploader “to reduce the cycle time of the mixing station by pre-loading the aggregate to mix”. according to Doubell’s blog. This means significant investments for someone trying to get their small business off the ground.
Carefully consider the start-up capital you have with which to fund your brickyard. Keep in mind that often you may have to rent the premises for setting up your production facility on which to build your bricks. The old property refrain of ‘Location! Location! Location!’ is important here. Find the perfect spot and evaluate whether the costs involved with renting suit your available budget. Don’t forget to factor in equipment, materials, labour, water, electricity, and maintenance bills to the list of expected expenditures.
Bricks Aren’t The Only Building Block You’ll Need
Finance, sales, marketing, spreadsheets, income statements, assets, liabilities … All of this jargon needs to be something you’re familiar with. If you don’t already have the necessary skills with which to compile a sound, solid business plan, then you might want to consider signing yourself up for a business skills course in order to ensure that you have the requisite skillset with which to lay the foundation for a business that will not only endure, but thrive!
Use the skills you’ve obtained from your course to compile a business plan which details your strategic focus, operations plan, financial plan, staffing requirements, and marketing plan. Your business plan should serve as the guiding measure for what you want to accomplish.
Scout Out The Competition
Once you start attending courses on business skills, you’ll see that one of the primary factors to consider in terms of marketing is what differentiates you from your competitors? Think about what it is that your business can offer which dramatically differentiates you from others in a similar field.
Consider the various ways in which the product you are capable of producing in your brickyard is different from – or more desirable than – something offered by someone in a similar industry.
Ensure You Have The Right Equipment
Here’s where buying a Hydraform machine just makes sense. With a one-stop DIY machine, you can plan exactly what kind of output you’re looking for and cater to the kind of production and available area size accordingly.
The Hydraforms machine range covers all the conventional cement bricks, blocks and pavers as well as the ISSB [interlocking stabilised soil cement blocks}
ISSB makes use of local materials, for instance, only 8-10% cement is required when mixing, which means that you will drastically save on your costs per square metre of laid wall.
Roof tile machines are also offered and can form part of a successful manufacturing setup.
Hydraform Interlocking blocks Brickmaking Machines rely on innovative interlocking mechanisms, so you won’t require as much mortar in your structures either.
On top of cost-efficiency, Hydraform machines also give you a relative amount of freedom in terms of where and how you position your brickmaking machinery.
Hydraform machines are mostly portable. While some of our machines may need to be kept stationary, they can also be transported to more remote areas, which gives you a far greater degree of flexibility than more traditional machines.
Hydraform technical guidance is provided to your team. Should you require further training, Hydraform also offers training opportunities through their South African head office.
As you can see, Brickyard 101 is not quite as complex and intimidating as it may initially seem. What are you waiting for? Pave your own way to a better future and get in touch with Hydraform today!