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Chandu Nair advises entrepreneurs and enterprises about creating and building their business.
He has direct experience in angel, venture capital and strategic investor funding. Over the last three decades, he has made a name for himself in industry, consultancy, media and information services.
Nair is on the advisory boards of the Chennai-based private equity firm Fulcrum and the social impact fund, Menterra. He's an independent director on the board of India's first retail building products company, Shankara Building Products Limited.
He was the co-founder of Scope e-Knowledge Center, a pioneering knowledge process outsourcing company, as well as the co-founder of a business-to-business e-commerce venture, both of which he successfully exited.... more
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Hello Mr. Nair, I intend to start Defence coaching academy. My father is a retired Army Officer and running his coaching at a small scale operating from home. My idea is to scale it up by taking space on rent . I also want to go for on-line coaching. Need your advice on how to go about it so that the venture is successful. Thanks

Ans: You have not given me any idea of your background or how you intend to finance this. There are several such coaching classes and companies already existing online and offline. Pl study the market thoroughly and understand what exactly it is that you offer which is compelling for which target segment, how large that segment is, and other details. Also study existing competition and how strong they are. Based on all this, you can come up with a plan. Best of luck.
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Dear Sir, I am a civil engineer living in Chandrapur it is a small city. I have a experience of 25 years as quality in-charge. Hence i want to start my own business as a consultant for constructions and civil solutions. Please guide me how an from where I shall start
Ans: One should first gain as much practical experience as possible before starting on your own. As mentioned by you, you are strong at structural subjects at B-Tech level. But you will see that practical structural design is way different than the theoretical ones.

Though the design concepts remain same, the onsite execution factors play an important role in finalizing your design data. Additionally, you being an independent consultant, you will have to learn the entire process starting from Tendering, preparing BOQs, Design report submissions, onsite visits etc.,. To understand the nuances of each step, I would suggest you to get some 5 years of exposure under some consultant and then you will be confident to start on your own.

Coming to software's (which will be helpful even for working under a consultant), you should start from AutoCad (for building plans, drafting etc.,) then for analysis part you can use any of the renown building packages like MIDAS, CSI products, Bentley Products. There is no hard and fast rule to follow a particular one. You can get a grip on any one of these and perform the tasks. All the very best for your future!

There are a few construction business ideas for beginners that can get you started in this exciting and ever-growing industry. The construction industry is full of opportunity, so if you’re considering starting your own business, now is a great time to do it.

Many different successful construction business models can be effective in the construction industry. The key is to find the model that best suits your company’s strengths and weaknesses.

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