Make use of right platforms to rent your heavy equipment

When you are dealing with highly priced items, it is very important that you follow the right platforms to deal with them or else it may lead to various sorts of complications in the future. It may also lead to losing the heavy equipment forever. In order to avoid any confusions or hindrances, it is crucial that you follow the right platforms and you will find things going your way. Construction equipment is quite expensive. You buy a machine for thousands of dollars and put it to use for few years. After which you feel the need to upgrade your arsenal and have to do away with the old machine. However, if you are not a filthy rich guy, it will definitely pinch you hard to just let go the old metal. If possible you may want to retain the machine but if you do not see any use of it, then there is absolutely no point in keeping the junk with you.

In such a situation it is prudent that you let-out the machine to another user and collect monthly rent from him. In this way, you still possess the equipment and also have put it to use and simultaneously getting good money as rent. Now, when you talk about renting the machine, it is quite imperative that you follow few parameters that will let you rent the equipment without any risk of losing it. Following few essential parameters means that you rent the machine through proper channels and by following right set of rules.

First and foremost you should be checking the right channel through you can search takers who would be willing to take your machine on rent. You can depend on newspaper classifieds or websites that exclusively deals with heavy equipment. Most of the websites that deals with purchase and sale of heavy equipment also works in the sphere of renting them. You have to classify one such website that is pretty famous within the masses. By posting the heavy equipment in that website will increase its viewership. People from across the country will get access to check the ad and anybody is interested will get in touch with you. You can then decide if you want to ship it to a different city or want to give to someone who is from your city.

You may charge the shipping cost from the taker but that has to be informed to him in advance. One more thing that is more important that discussing the shipping cost is the rent amount and the period for which they are seeking to rent the machine. Also, you got to state them very clearly the duration at which they need to service the machine. If the machine will be used extensively then servicing the machine should be more frequent. Make sure that you prepare a proper rent agreement with the taker and mention all the valid points that you guys have agreed to in the agreement. Once the agreement is signed, you can ship the machine to the taker.

Safety tips that a construction worker should always follow

The construction sites are one of the most accident-prone areas and workers are highly vulnerable to possible accidents, falls and other sorts of health damages, if proper safety measures are not taken. The construction equipment and heavy machineries are meant for enduring extreme work pressures and hence, they are very strong and heavy.

Loading and unloading heavy construction material, rubble etc. and excavating and filling grounds, removing, lifting and placing heavy material are some of the common actions of the construction sites. During these actions, it is highly possible that the workers encounter accidents, damages and health hazards. Therefore, taking proper safety measures is a must.

Here are some of the most essential construction safety tips that you must follow.

  • Wearing helmets and construction jackets:

 

A rule of the thumb is that the workers of a construction site always wear helmets and safety jackets with high visibility colours. This will make sure that the workers are safe from being hit by hard objects that might fall from a height during construction. Even they can be warned to stay away from a site that is potentially threatening. As the heavy equipment move, the crew members must stay away or be removed from the site and the jackets help them to be noticed.

  • Skilled drivers:

 

To run the construction equipment, it is a must that you have workers, who are skilled, trained and experienced about how to run the construction equipment and machineries. With lack of training and knowledge, there is always a chance of accidents.

  • Maintenance of construction equipment:

 

Servicing and maintenance of the construction equipment and machineries is very important to make sure that all the levers, switches and pulleys are working in proper condition.

  • Alarm:

 

When the heavy construction equipment is run, the driver needs a 360 degree panoramic view of the surrounding. However, it is not always possible for the driver to keep an eye on the surrounding and this can lead to an accident. Hence, a backup alarm to notify block, hindrance or possibility of damage must be there at the construction site.

  • Other gears:

 

Along with helmets and jackets, there are some other body gears that must be worn and used by the construction site workers. These include –

  • Ear muffs to stay protected from extremely loud sounds of concrete breaks or metal sounds
  • Breathing masks to stay protected from dust
  • Eye gears to protect the eyes from dust, metal particles or glass.

These gears are easily available in the market or online.

  • Keep the materials separate:

 

Inflammable materials should be kept separately and under high protection. The workers must be equipped with fire extinguishers, so that there is easy control of fire in case of any.

  • First aid box:

 

A first aid box is one of the very basics of safety measures that the construction sites must have. In case of any cuts, falls or damages, the workers must use the first aid box as a primary step to treatment.

Training the workers about the working process and guiding them about how to stay away from possible accidents is very important.

Referring to excerpts of experts can be really helpful

It is unlikely for an individual to know the depth of everything as he can master himself in one sphere if not more and therefore for things that he do not know, he needs to depend on others. It is quite obvious that we can’t perfect everything in our life span and when it comes to the construction domain, it becomes all the more difficult for a person to know all about this industry. It may take him years of his involvement in this industry and still he may find something new to learn in the following day. This can only suggest how wide this industry is and how much absorbed you have to be to become an expert in this kind of business.

It is not that this industry lacks experts. You will certainly come across people who possess good knowledge about the construction domain but they may not know much about the heavy equipment sector. They may be able to answer few generic questions about machines (some may even answer more than generic) but if you try to get into details, they may not be sure of their answers or opinions. A strategist in a construction company may not be able to speak a lot about the engineering part of the business and the operator will not have any idea how to handle the financial transactions. In such a scenario if one gets stuck at a point and needs some help, they have to approach the expert of that field.

Ask a person whom you can trust:-

It is crucial to have a mentor in this industry who can guide you in different stages of your career. It is not necessary that the mentor has to be an expert of his domain but he got to be someone whom you can trust. A person who will not misguide you ever and is also known for speaking things that make sense. If you know such a person, you can put your worries on his shoulders (not literally though) and pursue his guidance.

An experienced person can be real handy:-

If you get jammed with some issue and do not know how to get out of it, it is advisable that you speak to someone who has been in the line of business for many years. They have witnessed a lot of scenarios in their life and have defeated many troublesome situations. It becomes prudent to approach such an experienced person and knowing what you can do to get out of the trouble. In case, you get caught in some legal issues, there you take the advice of an expert attorney.

Become a member of the heavy equipment community:-

You can join a heavy equipment community and can read the post of expert writers, members who have been writing for years on subjects of your interest. If you need any help in particular, you can post your query and wait for someone to answer on it. These sites really work for people who are new to the construction domain and are looking for some help or expert opinions.

Rent a Track Loader and earn decent rental income

In a construction job, there are various types of heavy equipment used and many heavy equipment are more or less similar as far as their work is concerned. This means that one type of heavy equipment is compatible to do work of other heavy machineries as well. Though they have certain limitations but can certainly be used in the absence of the primary machine. One such heavy equipment is a Track Loader which is competent in excavating land and loading the debris automatically on the truck.

Though people prefer using an excavator for digging deep in the ground but something that does not require digging that deep can be done with a track loader. At the same time, since excavators are more in demand, they are also highly priced machines. You can find a track loader to be anytime cheaper as compared to an excavator. However, a track loader is more often rented than any other machine. The reason could be that it is available within the budget of a mid-sized construction company.

By renting a track loader, you can earn good rental income. So in case you have a loader that is not in use and you have decided to sell it, you should perhaps give it a second thought. Selling the machine will give you a good chunk of money but that will be the end of the story but if you let it out for months or year or so, you continue to get the rental income and also by regular servicing of the machine, you can lengthen its life and therefore keep its selling price intact.

Getting a taker for the loader is also quite simple. With the help of internet, you can post the machine on an online portal and write in details about its description. Try to post as many pictures as you can so that people by getting a look of the machine can assume it to be a good one. Quite truly, the machine has to look good to catch one’s attention. Therefore, if the loader is dirty and looks filthy, get it washed and painted. If there are any dents, get that removed and replace any parts that have ceased to work. All this needs to be done before you put the pictures on the listing. A detailed description is important for people to know what they are getting into. Normally, takers wish to contact the owner of the machine before striking the deal. So you can write all that is true and wait for the takers to call you.

While you list the Track Loader, please specify the rental amount in clear terms. There should not be any sort of confusion pertaining to that. If you are ready for negotiation, you can entertain the taker or else strictly mention that you are not willing to negotiate the price. Ideally, you should keep a window for negotiation and not be so rigid with the price.

Selling your heavy equipment through your blog

We can make use to technology to do almost all kinds of job that one can think of. Selling which once upon a time was done through a salesman does not necessarily require the intervention of a salesman anymore. A layman can also sell his items on the internet by sitting right at his home and using his home computer. Things have become far simpler than what it was a decade ago and hopefully technology will definitely take us way forward and will simply many more things to come. We can share our ideas with the help of internet and get connected to lot of people at the same time. Now people who are in the construction sector had a tough time selling their used heavy equipment as they were not able to arrange buyers for their machines. The problem that they encountered was they could not reach out to people allowing them to know that he has a machine to sell. This hindrance is now a saga of the past. The present is different and it is for better.

You can also try to sell your used heavy equipment on a blog. Ideally people make use of blogs to write about stuffs that they have expertise in. So for a guy who has expertise in different kinds of heavy equipment can prepare a blog of his own and write on various topics pertaining to machines and the construction industry. Now if he has old heavy equipment which he intends to sell he can make use of the same blog and write a small statement mentioning that he wishes to sell his heavy equipment. Mention the amount that he wishes to sell, the model of the machine, the situation that it is now in and his contact number. He can also mention the time when he can accept the calls.

The readers who are usual on his blog will read the message and if they are interested will get in touch with him or else they can even spread the message in their circle and if they come across someone who is looking for something similar to what you want to sell, he can pass on your number to the prospective buyer. So people who believed that a blog can be only used to share your views or write articles now also has this as an option to sell things.

The only drawback is the number of viewers you will find here will be comparatively lesser than what you can expect to get on a site that deals with selling heavy equipment. There you will find a lot of buyers and sellers present with the intention to buy and sell heavy equipment. The buyers will also have more options out there and therefore you might not expect magnanimous amount of people coming to your blog. However, if you just have one machine or a couple of them to sell then trying to sell it on a blog makes sense than paying to the website to list your item.

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Construction companies should be bilingual

To know a language that is not your first language and able to speak, read and understand the language fluently is a great skill. Not many in the United States can speak more than one language. It is perhaps we are brought in a way where we have heard and taught only English. There are few institutions that teach languages spoken by people of other countries and it is always going to be beneficial for you if you are able to learn it well.

America is a country where people from various countries have come in and are living with a feeling of togetherness. They contribute big time to our society and also bring more businesses from their countries. In a situation like this, it will be handy if an American can speak their language. This will certainly impress the client and there will be not much gap in communicating with the counterpart.

Construction industry is one such industry where you got to deal with clients from several countries. You do not want to miss the opportunity of a business getting clicked just because you can’t communicate with the other person in their language. Remember not everybody around the world is fluent in English and they prefer talking to someone who knows their language.

The construction industry in US gets lot of investment deals from the Chinese and Japanese. You will not find many people from these two countries to speak in English. If you have a delegation of around 10 people, you will hardly find 2 who can fluently communicate in English. Rest will depend of those 2 guys who will later explain the conversation to them. This is perhaps not the way how businesses are conducted in a construction industry and therefore it is high time that the construction companies go bilingual.

Construction companies will not want the labor to be bilingual as they do not have the need to communicate with people from other nations. However, the guys in the Admin or at the reception should have a fair understanding on languages spoken in Europe. You should also hire guys who can speak the language of the country that your client belongs from. We have a lot of people in US who speaks Spanish and Chinese and there are also many offices who hires receptionist who can effectively communicate in these languages. This should be also followed by the construction companies. The marketing team should have people who can speak multiple languages at the same time. It is always a plus point to know as many languages as one can.

Few big construction companies have already gone bilingual. They have started to hire staff who can speak more than one language. They have realized the importance of being bilingual. Being able to speak the language of the client they already get half way through the deal. The rest they have to generate the confidence amongst the client that they have the ability to complete the work on time.

Design Build Highway construction

A country’s economy is largely dependent on the quality of highways it has. You need big roads for huge vehicles to move on and these huge vehicles carry tons of weight on it. This means that you need highways that are strong and long lasting. Now in order to have long lasting highways you need a solid design to go with so that the construction of the highway goes in accordance to the design being made by the engineers and it remain strong to cater to thousands of vehicles that passes each day. There is something known as “Design Build” which is majorly used in construction of roads and highways. Here the design of the highway and its construction are done by the same entity. This means that no 2 different entities will be in the picture and the entire responsibility of the highways construction remains with only one construction company who has taken the order to construct the highway.

Earlier there was something known as Design Bid and Build that was followed by construction companies. In this particular scenario, one entity used to prepare the design of the highway and the other followed the design and worked on it. This created lot of problems with who will take the accountability if something goes wrong in the making of the project. The company who designed the project will point fingers at the company who has taken the construction work and the later will do the same on the company who has designed the project. In this case, the ultimate sufferer is the common people, the taxpayer of the country who has paid for the project and what they got in return is something worthless. This is why the concept of “Design Build” came into existence where the sole responsibility of the project remains with one company and if anything goes wrong then we know who to catch hold of.

Reduces overall costs of the project:-

Since there is only one company involved with the design and construction of the highway, we can expect a sizeable amount of reduction in the overall cost to the project. The construction company can work on the design and if it finds any changes to be made which happens quite often in a project of this magnitude can have a talk with the guys who did the design work for them and get it redesigned to their convenience. Had there been 2 entities, the redesigning thing would have taken huge sum of money from the project and have also made the process quite time consuming. Moreover there are chances of ego clash happening and if that happens it becomes more difficult to complete the highway on time.

The designers and the contractors are in sync:-

The Design Build concept has brought in a greater sense of responsibility by generating strong team bonding between the designers and the contractors. Since they belong to the same entity they have to work in sync with each other and it has been seen that people who work in a team derives better result that guys who work alone.

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Hard work can make you the best heavy equipment salesman

We may have heard the proverb “There is no substitute for hard work” a million times but when it comes to working hard in literal terms, we will not find many who indeed does that. We all want to do it smartly taking minimum effort but we expect the maximum outcome. Well, it may work in some case but not every time. Your luck may favor you at times but if it will also ditch you when you are not prepared. For a salesman it is all about hard work. The luck factor plays a small role in his career. As long as he is not good in his work he will just not be able to excel. He will never be able to achieve growth no matter how long he stays a part of the industry. There is one more thing that plays a vital role to become the best salesman and that is positivity. Some also call it as being motivated but motivation comes when you have positivity flowing inside you.

Learn selling techniques:-

Having good communication skill is not enough to sustain in the selling industry especially when you are selling heavy equipment. If you are a good communicator you can speak well but it should also make sense to the listener. This means that you got to the point and can’t deviate from the subject. This means that you need to learn some selling techniques. Heavy equipment is in itself a largely complex subject and it certainly takes time for a person to learn it well. If you are a salesman, you should be prepared to answer questions that are technical and may require in-depth knowledge of the subject. Here is where your selling technique may come to your rescue just in case if you do not know the answer. You can probably use the technique and seek an exit from the question. This does not mean that you will evade the question all together but will hold it for a day or for some time so that you can check that from your mentor or from a veteran.

Watch training videos:-

Training videos can be very helpful for new entrants. They can learn some selling skills watching the videos and can also expand their knowledge about heavy equipment and its ancillaries. While selling heavy equipment it is very important to know when you should stop selling the machine and begin selling its ancillaries. Not every buyer will be ready to buy the machine. They may be looking for certain parts of the machine or some kind of attachments. The training videos will help you realize your mistakes that you normally do while on a sales call or during a meeting. Remember that these videos help you to strengthen the foundation on which you will set your career.

Talk more about machine with your mentors and people from the construction industry who deal with machines. Catching up with an operator will always help you to learn more about heavy equipment and how it works. You can get to know the problems that an operator usually experience and on that you can pitch your sales line whenever you go for a sales call.

Do not misrepresent your listing on online portal

Doing business is not the same as it was few decades ago. Then people had to put their stuffs in big stores for buyers to come and buy. It is no longer the same now. Today, we have websites that deals with buying and selling of every possible item that one can think of. You can even sell your dozer on one such website and still expect a good price from it. Selling of heavy equipment on such websites has become the trend now. There are plenty of people who are listing their heavy equipment on sites like eBay, Craigslist, Amazon etc. Each of these portals has their own way of listing items. They have formed certain rules that they want their members to follow and one such rule that is being followed quite stringently is to not misrepresent the listing on the website.

We will be discussing in length as to why almost all the online portals that deals with buying and selling of heavy equipments follows this rule so stringently.

Misrepresenting is equal to cheating the buyer:-

When you are misrepresenting your listing, it clearly indicates that you are not true with your listing and you keep the intention of cheating the buyer. Else you will not mention anything that is by any manner sounds to be untrue. Viewers while they checking out your listing, they keep some level of trust on the online portal as well. For instance, if you are checking out a crawler on Craigslist, back in your mind you have the belief that whatever is listed on Craigslist is genuine and the seller will not misrepresent the item there. So you go as per the description stated on the listing and if you like the product, you go for the sale. Now if Craigslist does not give much importance to the description part, sellers will get the freedom to write anything on the description and that will for sure lead to the debacle of the website. Buyers will undoubtedly feel cheated and will look for some other option.

Sellers will also lose their credibility:-

It is not just the portal that will lose its credibility but also the seller will affect his reliability. Buyers will find it hard to trust any seller. This is not in any manner a healthy sign for the online business. Sellers will be able to make few sales by misrepresenting the item but once the buyer finds out that he is cheated, he will definitely leave a poor feedback for the seller. This negative feedback will go completely against the seller and there is also a possibility that he will be expelled from listing any further items on the website. The website will not want people to list heavy equipment who falsify the description part and stern action can be taken against such members.

The online websites have given many of us a great opportunity to sell construction machines without any hassles. We should respect this opportunity and ensure that we list the machines giving most accurate description that we can.

Blowing your own trumpet is essential in construction business

In order to become a successful businessman, it is quite essential that people know about you and the business that you are into. Also it is important for others to know about the nature of your business. For instance, if you own a bar or a joint that provides nutritious food or anything that involves your dealings with the end user, it is important for you that others know you well and also that you have a good reputation in the market. So when people talk about you they talk mostly good. This is perhaps the most important ingredient that is required to sustain in the service industry. Construction business to a larger extent is connected to the end user and in order to grow the business in your area or in your city, it is quite instrumental that you blow your own trumpet so that people know about you and the kind of work that you are into. Your success in the business becomes your portfolio and so are the existing projects that you have under your belt.

When we talk about blowing your own trumpet we specifically mean that you market your business more aggressively than never before. Reach out to as many people as you can and talk to them about your success story. However, do not ever try to blow things out of proportion or you will get caught. You have to speak what is true. The only difference will be that you will be more vocal than before and mention about all the feathers on your cap to the person with whom you expect some business to come. If needed hire ace marketing guys who knows about the industry and let them do the talking business. You have to get the stuff ready for them so that they can do the talking and get business for you.

You can get guys who are simply exceptional when it comes to market things. They are basically freelancers who do not work on one particular company and can work for any company at a given point of time. All they need is some material and facts to speak on. So when you give them some solid facts and figures that your company has been able to achieve, it becomes simple for them to go and perform. Right from cold calling to fixing an appointment and then meeting the person and turning him into your client, they will get everything done for you. You probably have to go for final meetings as you are the face of the company and people will be ultimately dealing with you.

Social media is one more way to spread the word at a shorter time to a larger crowd. Many construction companies are using Facebook as a tool to promote their business. They also have accounts in other social media websites that are meant for professional use. Here they mention almost everything about their company, right from the inception to the values and the projects that they work on. Many have found them to be quite useful to promote their business and take it to the next level.