Getting your manufacturing startup up and running is an exciting time, as well as challenging. Unlike many startups, manufacturing has a lot of moving parts — Literally. But with a bit of know how, you can launch your manufacturing startup in a powerful way. And there is certainly a lot of opportunity in the manufacturing industry today.
The key is to get your facility picked out, equipment purchased, materials sourced, and client list robust. Products you make can also be your own products, or products you manufacture for a third party business.
This, of course, all takes money. Doing it right is essential to ensuring you get your manufacturing startup launched on time and on budget. To help, here’s a manufacturing startup guide with the top four essentials for success to consider. Let’s take a closer look!
1. Manufacturing your manufacturing startup for success
Having a plan to create your manufacturing startup is the most essential step. Proper, detailed planning allows you to stay on track and get all critical startup tasks accomplished. Having a strong plan can also mitigate potential obstacles that might otherwise be ahead in the long and short-term.
For instance, equipment malfunction and repair issues. Many manufacturing startups opt for used machinery in order to cut costs and grow as the client list does. But used machinery can need repairs. The loss of productivity alone can be crippling to a manufacturing startup. That’s why having vibration monitoring to detect current and future equipment problems is a must.
2. Ask the right questions to avoid future problems
Being prepared is essential for your equipment, and also for your overall startup. The good news is that you’re not the first entrepreneur to start a manufacturing business, so there’s plenty of insight to draw from for growth and success. Here are a few essential questions:
- What is the product you want to manufacture?
- Is there a strong market for that product?
- What is the least amount of equipment needed to manufacture that product efficiently?
- What is the solution you are providing with that product?
- Who will you need to help you manufacture that product?
- What state and federal guidelines do you need to adhere to?
There is also the issue of future planning. It is always good to look toward the future, not simply the essentials you need to get your startup started. “Make sure you consider the need to plan for future years,” Larry Light of Forbes. “Economic downturns are inevitable, so in a strong economic year you should not only create a balanced budget but also start building up a cushion for the anticipated rainy days.”
Always be thinking about material and equipment too. Those are the foundational components to ensuring your manufacturing startup will grow into a successful company down the road.
3. Research, research, and more research!
When starting a business, whether it’s an ecommerce store or a manufacturing startup, research should be a priority. Researching as much as possible is a great way to help you build a powerful business plan, cut as many costs along the way as possible, and keep your funding needs and spend on target. In fact, funding is the second reason most startups fail, according to CB Insights.
“In the idea/experimental stage, use your own financial resources, such as money from a savings account or careful use of personal credit cards,” Alan Hall said in a Forbes article. “Wise deployment of these precious dollars is critical.”
4. Attract and retain the right manufacturing team
Another essential for success when it comes to your manufacturing startup is having a strong team in place. And you can’t simply hire employees without a plan. Attracting talented manufacturing team members is important, especially if you have specialty machinery equipment that needs to be operated and maintained for top notch production.
You also need to have retention in mind when building your startup team. You will not have much time to train, and or babysit your team once your startup goes operational. You will need to seperate yourself from the day-to-day facility operations and focus mostly on building your client list and overall business. This is very time consuming and will need your full attention if you want your manufacturing startup to be successful.
Are you ready to start production?
The above four essential to success for starting a manufacturing business are only the tip of the iceberg. There are a number of essentials that you will need to consider and employ in order to grow your startup into a company. The above, however, are among the most important to consider from the get go. From equipment problems to building a team, are you ready to push that production button?
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