Civil Engineering Consultants: Opening your Own Consultancy Firm

Has your family been growing and you need more room? Learn more about finding the right contractor for a home renovation.

Civil Engineering Consultants: Opening your Own Consultancy Firm

Civil Engineering Consultants: Opening your Own Consultancy Firm

22 February 2017
Construction & Contractors, Blog

If you are a civil engineer, opening a consultancy firm is one option for your career. Of course, you must first have the prerequisite academic and industry qualifications. These are some of the key factors that your future clients will be looking at before they hire your firm. If you have been in the industry for many years and do not want to retire, opening a consultancy firm is one way of ensuring your skills and experience is put into good use as you become your own boss.

What You Need

You need a lot of experience under mentors. Your engineering consultancy firm will mostly be involved in drawing designs, planning projects, and doing budget review. Actual implementation is very limited. Your field experience will play an important role in performing all these duties to ensure project implementers are guided by expert designs and project plans.

Project management skills are very crucial if you want to succeed in consultancy. You may be required to follow up or monitor the projects that you design.

What Size Business to Consider

Are you planning to be a one-man consultancy firm operating from your home office or planning to have partnerships and employees? These factors will determine the size of your company and its scale of operation. In addition, the size of your consultancy – in terms of personnel – will determine the type of clients you will get. Clients with big projects that have tight deadlines will always look for a consultancy that is well resourced in terms of workforce. In addition, operating solo has its own advantages.

How to Have a Niche

Having a specialty makes you a guru in your relevant area of your specialisation. In addition, this creates an impression that the consultancy firm has vast experience in the area of specialisation. In civil engineering, there are several areas of interest you can make your specialization based on your career experience. You may specialize in bridges, airports, buildings, highways, energy and power, rail, or any other areas of civil engineering based on your expertise.

How to Market

We live in a digital age, and embracing social media sites should be your first priority as a marketing strategy. Put your engineering consultancy firm on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and any engineering professional organization that will give you meaningful social presence. Whether you are a small firm or big one, you need a great website with plenty of content and graphics to showcase your work.

How to Look for Work

Build your reputation by applying to firms and doing your best work. You should aim at referrals; therefore, you need to provide excellent services to your new clients. You can apply to private companies with building projects, engineering firms, or even the government.

About Me
The Benefits of Using Contractors Around Your Home

When my husband and I bought our house, we didn't realise we would eventually have such as large family. First, we had a little girl, followed by two little boys. Then, somewhat unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant with twins! We love our current property, so we didn't want to move. We decided instead to extend our home to add additional bedrooms and a playroom. We worked closely with various different construction contractors while the job was being completed, and we are really happy with the result. Since then we have used the same contractors to complete many other jobs around our home. This blog is a guide to the benefits of using construction contractors.