The hardest decision may have been made and now you’ve committed investment, your own and borrowed, to your new startup manufacturing business.
With your workplace secured, what’s next? Well, any entrepreneur or seasoned business owner will tell you, there are many tough challenges ahead, none more so than taking on the established competition in your sector. To get to this stage however has not happened without thorough due diligence and the formation of a robust business plan.
So what’s next? It’s a good time to go over your plans. Probably the biggest challenge will be to win lucrative contracts, so in the near future alliances and partnerships that are synergistic by nature need to be locked down, for your business to hit the ground running, as soon as it’s operational. Leveraging of the success of your partners while your business builds its reputation is a smart way to bring in much needed revenue.
To get operational, Douglas Machine Inc., the manufacturers of case and tray packaging machines say to get operational these three areas of your business must be organised:
1. A Full Time Workforce
The first thing your company should be working on is getting a workforce interviewed, hired and trained. While there will be lots of interest from designers and other skilled workers so make sure your company hires the best. Either get your HR staff in place, or at least subcontract the job out a recruitment agency. Some roles will take longer to fill so start on those roles as soon as you can. Ideally, you’ve got many of the key personnel already secured and ready to deliver, so get them familiar with your new premises and settled with whatever they need to do their job, including the usual safety equipment.
2. All Pertinent Heavy Machinery
In a manufacturing facility, all kinds of heavy machinery is going to present. Forklifts are needed to lift and transport palettes from storage areas to waiting trucks.
Conveyor belts might bring products from one part of the plant to the packing area. Much of this machinery is going to have to be transported from far distances, then assembled, checked for safety and tested.
Give your company the time needed to get all heavy machinery ordered, tested and your staff used to operating it before it’s needs operationally.
New members of staff must be confident and fully qualified to use the equipment.
3. Meet OSHA Regulations
When you go into a manufacturing plant, you should be able to see clear indications of safety protocols and standards being met. This means more than having your staff wearing steel toes shoes and hardhats.
From eyewash stations to signs telling employees what federally mandated freedoms they have a right to, you need to check to see that all safety standards are being met. First, even additional violations of OSHA rules can lead to massive fines for employers. Second, you leave yourself open to huge lawsuits in case of employee injury where safety rules are not clearly outlined.
Starting a business is not for the faint hearted and more businesses failure than succeed. It’s hard work and more so in industries like manufacturing where the lead to being operational is a lot longer. More investment is needed to set up and carry the business through the initial start up phase. However once the systems are in place, the focus for your operations manager can be on ensuring it’s a dependable service. Of course the challenges never stop even when your business has attracted global interest.