If you have been working for some years in the construction business, you may have the desire to start your own construction company. However, the first consideration is what kind of construction have you been involved in? If you have been working for a large company doing specific niche tasks over and over, you may not be ready to start your own business. To start a construction company or to become a self employed construction superintendent, you will have to have a good understanding and experience in being part of all the pieces of a structure coming together. Consequently, it's a good idea, even if you've been working in a large company to be sure to get some experience in a smaller company that gives you more well rounded experience with all the factors in building a structure.
People become building contractors because they want to advance financially in a profession that involves the trade and work they have done, finding it rewarding and satisfying. And unless they decide to only work on one comparably small job at a time, they will likely have to give up most of the hands on work they have done for years in favor of spending their time on the particulars of what is required to run a contracting business. Having to oversee all of the factors to bring together their, or someone else's job as a construction superintendent, they will not have time to put their hand to tools, boards, and metal. They will be too busy hiring and dismissing employees, delivering supplies, writing and ensuring contracts, obtaining licenses, meeting government requirements, and on and on it goes.
Bringing construction projects in on time, coming in on the customer's or company's budget, and finishing with a profit are the three factors that determine a contractor's success. And since these are the factors that determine whether a contracting business succeeds or fails, it is wise for a self employed contractor to put his or her focus on the big picture of the business rather than the physical details of individual jobs.
However, there are many skills necessary to bring together a construction project successfully. And it is in using those skills to bring together all the pieces of the puzzle, there is a great deal of satisfaction for most self employed building contractors in knowing that using those skills has accomplished a profitable project.
A building contractor now has the satisfaction of hiring good people, coordinating all the labor, strategically using sub-contractors, and making the job come together. Many former tradespeople turned contractors find even greater satisfaction in their new role once they find out how enjoyable it is making a structure come together through their knowledge and experience.
In the past, the natural progression from someone working in the building industry for years to self employed contractor was a rational one, that they could be prepared for on the job. However, today, with the complexity of modern construction techniques, higher education degrees and certification in related fields is advisable and for some jobs essential. Those who have well rounded experience on the job and have furthered their education through college degrees are well ahead of the game of becoming a construction contractor.