Starting a Civil Engineering Business

Civil engineering provides engineering services to clients. Civil engineering has different sub-disciplines.

In starting a civil engineering business, one of the first things you must consider is the existing competitors.

Determine if you will be able to provide service with higher standards than those of the existing civil engineering businesses.

If you are not a civil engineer yourself, consider hiring civil engineers with very good skills in engineering. Your business’ name and reputation merely rely on the skills of your civil engineers. They represent your business whenever they service a client.

Another thing to put into consideration is your budget. Before anything else, think about how much capital you are able to give out. This will help you in determining if you can afford to hire civil engineers who already put up a good reputation or not. Also your capital will play an important role in searching for your business’ location or office. Your office should have the usual front desk just like any other businesses to entertain your clients’ inquiries. You should also be able to provide a showroom to show your clients with the sample accomplishments of your civil engineers. Use digital cameras to take photograph of the buildings your civil engineers have designed if there are any.

Insurance is also a thing to think about. Since you are dealing with professional services, shop around for insurance companies who provide professional liability insurance. Shopping around will help you in choosing which insurance company provides the best professional liability insurance policy. If you are still having difficulties in determining which insurance company you would choose, consult an expert. Consult an owner of the same line of business; it does not necessarily need to be a civil engineering business too. Since they have already put up their own business, assume that they already have experienced what you are doing right now and you should ask for recommendations on which insurance company provides the best plan that will go well with your civil engineering business. And if possible, ask them the dos and don’ts in the same line of business. But never seek advice from your future competitors; do not expect them to give you a considerable piece of advice because that will be the last thing they want to do unless they want their business to have a good competitor, you.

Also, put into consideration what sub-discipline of civil engineering you will be having area of specialization in. This will give you an advantage over your future competitors. The following are some of the sub-discipline of civil engineering:

  • Coastal engineering – this mainly deals with the techniques on how to prevent erosions and floods in areas near the seas.
  • Earthquake engineering – this pertains to the capacity of a structure to survive an earthquake.
  • Environmental engineering – deals with the biological and chemical waste management of a certain structure.
  • Transportation engineering – this deal with the transportation of people and goods across places efficiently.
  • Structural engineering – this concerns the scheming of structures such as buildings, bridges, tunnels, and flyovers.


  • Gulshan saini said on November 24, 2011
    hello, i'm gulshan. your article was really impressive,found it useful. well i'm in 1st sem, doing engineering). i just wanna know from you some more about aspects of starting business after doing civil engineering, and what are things i must keep in mind from now-wards so that i can be a good engineer after 4 years. i will appreciate your reply!!! thank you! :)
  • Rugved Naik said on December 1, 2011
    hiii sir i liked ur article very much. sir am now doing my be in civil engg and am in 2nd year. plz tell me how i can improve myself so that i can start my business after my 4rth year ill appreciate ur reply. eagerly waiting for ur reply. thank you
  • Binit Shukla said on December 5, 2011
    Hi Sir,I am a civil engineer. At Present i am working as a Quantity Surveyor in Highway Project in Gurgaon. I have working experience of 3 yrs. Sir I want to start my own business on my present working Profession. Sir i belong from a middle class family, So Sir kindly suggest me the best for me. Hope to hear from you soon. Thank You.
  • Shankar said on December 20, 2011
    Hi Sir, I am An engineer(Diploma Civil).At present working as a quantity surveyor in Building construction in Bangalore. I have 2.5yrs work experience. m looking forward to start my own business on my present working profession. can you please guide me how to start with format. i have labour sub contractor. please guide me
  • Guruprasad said on March 27, 2012
    Hi, I have 10 years experience in civil, i want do civil business in the location : hosur, Shoolagiri, tamilnadu
  • tsheten said on June 26, 2012
    Dear author, i'm a student in civil engineering 4th year in bhutan.. My dream is to start a business in in my field of study right after i graduate.. Will you be kind enough to suggest me some business ideas, feasible for my country's current need...? it'd be of great help for me in shaping my future.. thank you Tsheten Dorji Thimphu Bhutan
  • nikhil said on July 19, 2012
    dear sir, it is really very good and helpful article i read ever. I did MBA/B.E. Civil, both and now doing job in a reputed company. I'm more diverted towards business. I'm from middle class family and i'm thinking about to start FLY ASH BRICK plant in rural area. but m confused about the success of idea. Plz give me some details about related field (finance/market/procedure/etc). Thank You. Regards, nikhil nagpure
  • Sanjay Rakhe said on August 21, 2012
    Hi I am interested in fly ash brick making business but i don't have any idea where i will get details about it, i am from Yavatmal Maharashtra. please suggest. 9850363697
  • Hemraj said on September 3, 2012
    Sir, I am from a small town of Odisha, I have completed my in 2009 and dont have interest in job. i want start my own business in my home town. i have been engaged as residential planner since last year but i want to increase my work. can you please suggest me some tips..
  • Prabhu A Patil said on September 24, 2012
    Sir, I am civil engineer age with 45y old belongs to Bijapur Karnatak. working in infrastructure company as a Deputy project manager, at present i like to start my own business related to civil base please suggest which one is suitable for me. regards
  • siva said on October 31, 2012
    sir, I have completed btech in civil engineering and want to start a business in this field, Please suggest me a right one. thank you
  • Chriss Zhawu said on November 27, 2012
    Hi there, i am Chriss from Zimbabwe, i just started studying Civil engineering and i do not see my self working for someone forever. Can you please suggest a business idea you think can be viable in this country. currently am thinking of Structural Engineering.
  • Aakash said on December 12, 2012
    hi sir, i am from mumbai and i have completed my btech in civil ,plZ guide me to start a fresh business.
  • aregawigebrekidan said on December 20, 2012
    hi sir, i'm aregawi g/kidan from Ethiopia and will graduate in june 2013 in civil engineering in bachelor of technology and want to start a new business. so would u invite me a new business idea with its full clarification? 10Q for your help.
  • Romeo De Villa said on December 28, 2012
    hi, i am a civil engineer and already have more than 4 years of experience in civil engineering profession. I want to start a small business related in my field of profession, could you please give me suggestions and guidelines on how to start. I'm from Batangas, Philippines. thank you.
  • somya sahoo said on December 31, 2012
    hi i am somya a civil engineer want to start a business i have 3yrs experience in construction field give some suggestions related to my field how to start a business i 'm from orissa cuttack regards.
  • Nabin kumar singh said on January 19, 2013
    sir, i am a student of civil engineering. I am from pokhara nepal and I just want to get knowledge about business in our field, could you give me some tips?
  • Kishan Firtoe said on January 23, 2013
    hi sir, my name is Kishan Firtoe and i live in suriname, south-america. i am a BSc in civil engineering and currently i am working at the Road Authority of Suriname. but i do intend to start up my own consultancy. and i also want to do projects with people from other country. could you give me some tips on how to start with these???
  • Sadi Wadi said on January 25, 2013
    hi my name is Sadi Wadi. i have over 20 years on the field in Structural and traffic engineering. Know i am interested in starting my own engineering firm. i am asking for your advice in how and were to start. Thanks
  • ragavendran.k said on February 8, 2013
    sir i am ragu in two year on the civil field in my ambisian civil business all details your advice thank u
  • kusuma said on February 15, 2013
    sir, I completed my civil Engg in diploma. no experience I would like to start my own business ,please suggest some ideas and best deals. thank you.
  • rohan said on February 23, 2013
    hi sir now i am doing diploma civil engg and i am in f.y i have to open my own big construction company so i should do degree or only 3 yrs diploma will enough
  • Dattatreya said on February 23, 2013
    sir, i have a great interest in starting a business. Currently i am a student of b-tech civil engineering. please provide me some ideas to start a business of my own or any idea by which i can earn money at student(civil engg.) level.
  • deepak kumar maurya said on March 10, 2013
    sir i am student of civil engg. (diploma). i want to start my own business in civil field. i belong to a middle class family. i have financial problem. how can i start business. please suggest me.
  • lakshmi dosapati said on April 1, 2013
    sir, i am lakshmi. i am studying after completion of my i want to start business along with my friends in andhrapradesh. so, please suggest any kind of business ideas that we can take up.
  • binod said on April 16, 2013
    hi sir, i am also interested on computer based bidding business related with civil engineering. How to start it.
  • RAHUL said on April 22, 2013
    Sir I am about to complete my B.E. Civil in 2 months. right now i am with my father's business. But i want to start a business which is related to civil engg. So can u suggest me some part time business...location : Vesu, Surat, Gujarat, India
  • fanku ibrahim said on May 13, 2013
    sir am a graduate of civil engineering technology (nd) i have just completed my program and from nigeria adamawa state yola north and pls sir i need need some tips on how to practice my profession
  • Rahul.mahadev.Garud. said on May 21, 2013
    I have 12 years experience in Industrial construction. I want to start construction business so please give me guidance. Exp-12,city-Nasik,State-maharastra,Country-India.
  • Jayesh said on June 1, 2013
    Hi sir, recently I have completed civil engineering degree from Western Australia. I am planning to go back Gujrat. I am interested to do my own business. Please can you advice me what type of business should be better by using my civil engineering qualification?
  • stanley ojiaku said on June 20, 2013
    hello sir, i am a civil engr pls guide on how to start up my own civil engineering company in nigeria
  • Digamabra Bagh said on July 5, 2013
    hello sir, i am a civilengr. govt sector. i want to start up my own survey company in orissa so please give me guidance.
  • Godfrey said on July 14, 2013
    Dear sir, i want to start an effective environmental engineering business in my province please give me advice, South Africa Mpumalanga
  • murali.b said on July 24, 2013
    Hello sir i am murali from Andhrapradesh. m pass out student of diploma civil Engineering. i had six years experience in execution on field industrial and building Works. i want to start up new business. pls give me some advice
  • abhi desai said on September 10, 2013
    I am abhijit desai I am a civil engg. Have five yr experience basically i am in civil business in supply and production please suggest me the product launching in civil industry
  • Prakash said on September 16, 2013
    Hello sir, I am Prakash from Ghaziabad. I m Pass out student of civil engineering. I m fresher. Pls provide me any job of civil engineering, i want to do something different in this field. Pls give me a opportunity. I'll prove myself. Name- Prakash, 8285530542
  • ajay gupta said on September 18, 2013
    hello sir,i am ajay gupta. i am civil engineer with degree. so pls provide me any job civil work. pls give me a opportunity.i live in vadodara.
  • Tinevimbo Mclyb Gumbie said on December 5, 2013
    Hi, i'm a civil eng student and with a great burning desire of becoming a regional consulting engineer. Interested in Finite Element Analysis. Plz advise me on the best i should go for 2 make my dream true.
  • summit porje said on December 16, 2013
    hello sir i'm sumit from nasik n i'm student of 3rd yr n i'm interested in business so which is better so i can prove my self
  • alex said on December 19, 2013
    dear sir, I would like to know small businesses ideas related to civil engineering works so as to integrate this to more profitable companies. your response is highly appreciably
  • Paragmani Dutta said on January 1, 2014
    Sir, I am Paragmani Dutta from Assam. I did BE in Civil Engineering in 2004 and MBA in 2007. I am currently working in the Northeast Frontier Railway. I am looking forward to starting my own venture. Please suggest.
  • Lorenzo S. Toral III said on January 1, 2014
    Good day sir, I'm Lorenzo from the Philippines and I'm a fresh graduate and a licensed civil engineer. I read your article above and I'm looking forward for your advice. As of now, I've been applying in construction companies just to get experience, but so far no luck. I guess I'm not really fit for employment. I need advice on what is the best business to start in the Philippines. I belong to a middle class family and I'm not sure if we have enough capital to start a business. Looking forward to your reply. Thank you
  • Mohammed irfan said on January 13, 2014
    Hello I am doing my b.tec civil and I am in third year now I have to start a business pls guide me I am very much interested in business so tel me which line will be a correct choice to Prove my self
  • EFREN CRISOSTOMO JR said on January 15, 2014
    Hi sir, I also plan to have my own construction firm/company, I am working as quantity surveyor in one of the Best Construction company here in the Philippines, Please give me your thoughts on how to put-up/start it. thanks. Buguey, Cagayan, Philippines
  • kavitha said on January 31, 2014
    i'm completed M.E structural engineer.
  • harshad said on February 19, 2014
    gyd day sir , I am harshad patel .my be is complete after 3 months .I want a business so give me some innovative idea. thank you
  • Ramdayal singh said on February 21, 2014
    Der...sir. I am ramdyal singh. I am civil sub contractor my farm name sabitari enterprises. I am starting civil work in delhi & ncr .my 2 side work in delhi . ITD alivetad rod madhuban chouk.and arvind techno delhi metro mukundpur. sir i want to civil sub contact l&t plz sir guide and help me. my contact no..8882568196 and
  • Golam Rahman Mozumder said on March 15, 2014
    Dear Sir, I am Golam Rahman Mozumder, I have passed Diploma in Civil Engineering in the year 1981. Since that I am working in the Department of Public Health Engineering as Sub-Assistant Engineer. Due to gov't policy no promotion get yet. So I am facing financial crises.Now I want to do something parallel with my job.I have a piece of land at Feni (Bangladesh). That is the only source of my finance. On that place any industry (like- Mineral Water, PVC pipe industry etc) may establish. Please help me. My email-
  • praveen kumar said on April 4, 2014
    hello sir I am praveen kumar your article was really impressive, found it useful. well i am in final year of civil engineering. i just want to know from you some more about aspects of starting business after doing civil engineering, and what are things i must keep in mind from now-wards. Thank you sir
  • sudha said on June 12, 2014
    I am a lecturer for polytechnic civil engineering students. .. since I was working as a lecturer from three years.... I want to work as a civil engineer by starting in business field..... Please suggest me regarding this....
  • rakeshdas said on June 16, 2014
    hello sir, I am a civil engg student. Already 6 year exp in different construction company. I decide to start a business under civil engg material. Our land situated in kalinga nagar, jajapur, odisha this area belongs to industrial area. So give a new idea and a different product for fr start of a business. RAKESH KUMAR DAS, BHUBANESWAR, ODISHA
  • Utkarsh said on July 27, 2014
    Tell me that can a middle class family civil engineering student can go for a high profile own civil engineering business
  • Shankar said on July 28, 2014
    hello sir, I am a civil engg . Already 8 year exp in REBAR DETAILER(STRUCTURAL DETAILER) FOR US Based company. I decide to start a business under civil engg material or any other related civil engineer. please give a new idea and a different product for fr start of a business. shankarG chennai
  • pankaj chourasiya said on August 3, 2014
    thank you sir for innovative idea i am civil Engineer with 3 year Experience in construction project i am working in amputated company me & my friend want to start parallel construction business with my job i am belonging to middle class family that's why i cant leave job till my business settled suggest me sir how & which business will be perfect
  • olamilekan said on August 6, 2014
    What is the business option in civil engineering
  • shubham verma said on August 15, 2014
    Thank u sir for such guidelines, I am a diploma engineer pursuing BE 3rd year and doing part-time job for CAD, survey & DPRs ,can u please
  • vikram said on August 21, 2014
    pleasure to talk with you. m working as a professor in engg clg. m confused since 1 year abt what kind of business can b started in civil. I have completed ME const management. ur guidance will b helpful to clear and refine my ideas .
  • Gaurav chaturvedi said on September 8, 2014
    Hello Sir, I have completed my diploma as well as B.E in civil engineering. I have been working for a multinational company as an quality engineer. I just have an experience of 1 year. I have to continue my job but beside this I want to start a business too. As am from middle class family, our financial condition is moderate, and I have just one year experience, can you please suggest me some small scale business related to civil works. Thank you. Regards
  • Gaurav gangadhar bachhav said on September 13, 2014
    Hello sir, i complete my civil engineering pls guide me sir
  • jagmohan dhiman said on September 20, 2014
    I am 20 year experience in building work so suggest me regarding civil business .
  • kamesh chandra said on September 26, 2014
    sir, i'm kamesh chandra i am fresher. i am not interested to job i want start my own business, please help an suggest me.... i'm middel class family.
  • utpal roy said on October 4, 2014
    sir, i am civil contractor. i want new idea for building, road, fabrication job.
  • premjit said on October 27, 2014
    Dear @Shankar, There is a good scope for out sourcing preparation of barbending schedules for works in UK US and middle east. If anybody is interested to have a career advise in civil,structural or architectural engineering,please be in touch at Thanks, Premjit. MTech-Structural Engineering
  • shanu said on November 22, 2014
    Sir I want to know that... How much money i have to arrange if I want to start a new business????
  • rrk rama said on December 21, 2014
    Sir I need to start a business in civil engineering To start a business how many years of experience is required and what kind of business I can do? Which subject I can take in it???
  • Mr Tindyebwa Isaac said on January 5, 2015
    How are you all, we have a construction company located in East Africa and we have won several tenders in 2015 to carried out in south Sudan and northern Kenya, for constructing roads and 2 units apartment houses, but we are seeking for professional and experienced contract who can sub construct us due to our position these are big project to be handled by our company team alone for more details you can call me on +254713653230 or email our company is called Zimwenge construction company limited.
  • subhankar said on January 8, 2015
    sir it is my final yr in btech civil engg. i have also completed diploma in civil engg.. i want to start my own business in the field of civil engg.. plz help me.n givil idea how can i start that. thank u
  • sourabh said on January 17, 2015
    Gurgaon, working in a big firm as senior site engineer for 2 yrs want to start my own business in this field looking for partners & ideas how to start
  • shekhar khanal said on February 8, 2015
    js8 last year i have finished civil engineering. I know ther's a lotta competition in the market bt between those established businessman/woman, i wanna start a new type of business related with mah field. so i wanna take a gud suggestion through you . I'm from kathmandu nepal
  • BhanuprakashReddy said on February 9, 2015
    This is bhanu studying 2nd-year in Civil Engineering and you give an important information about business and I wanted to know what kind of businesses I can do after b-tech please suggest me I wanted to plan my career from now to become a good entrepreneur and I am from (Banglore, India)
  • ajay sharma said on March 1, 2015
    hello sir, this is ajay sharma i would like to start my construction business i do not have any experience in construction field but my passion in that field pls guide to me how to start and become a successful entrepreneur.
  • Balamourougane said on April 3, 2015
    Sir, i am M.Balamourougane, qualified with B.E Civil and structural engg. having 10 years experience and working as Junior engineer in Govt. organization. I want start a business relates with civil and real estate side . Pl guide me.
  • DINESH said on April 4, 2015
    Hi, this is Dinesh have just done civil engineering i would like to job as well as starting own business so give me a better suggestion and is that possible. And what course should I choose if i want to do study in future in this field that which can give a better result
  • B krishna said on April 6, 2015
    hello sir is this krishna i am completed civil engineering(diplama graduation )my next planing is started own business because of i am interested in business and i know i started own business but i will confidence to any problem i will solve because of i have full subject knowledge so please any tips additionally thank you!
  • MURALI KRISHNA said on April 13, 2015
    Dear sir, I am Murali krishna I have completed B.Tech in civil engineering in 2011. Done the job in construction company and I have 3 years experience at present I am doing gov contract business but it is not well good taking money from us government employees but not doing proper bills and payments. Is there any other solution please give me any other idea of business how is planning and designing business? give brief idea.Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Ritesh Krishna More said on April 16, 2015
    Dear Sir, I am a PGDOM/ PGDBA- DLP, BE Civil & Diploma In Civil. I want to work in USA or do a higher studies like doctorate in mumbai what are the procedures for both kindly mail me. or call at +91 9004324587
  • s k ranjan said on April 22, 2015
    Suggest low investment business in Bhopal.Madhya Pradesh India Mob +919302238453
  • Innocent Johnbosco said on May 24, 2015
    Hi, I'm a civil engineer with one year experience on the industry and would like to start a business in this industry. I am from east africa(TANZANIA)
  • rakesh kumar das said on May 28, 2015
    In odisha start a business in civil engg field. I also 7 year exp. in construction field.
  • mourya singh said on June 11, 2015
    i'm civil fresher...please give me a suggestion for bright future... that in which direction i want to go... that will take me to top please....
  • MANOJ KUMAR said on July 14, 2015
    I am dip.civil engg. My total exp.more than 21 year's in the field of build & Highway project. In these time i want to a good business but i can not decide go to in which direction. So pl.give me a good advise for our future. Thanking You
  • Bharat t chougule said on July 18, 2015
    Hi sir, my self mr.bharat t chougule right now I am completed my BE in civil engg. I want to start my own business as builder ,pls help me or give some ideas
  • khalandar said on August 24, 2015
    Sir, I have completed diploma as well as civil engineering, I have been working as a site engineer since 3.5 years in Gannon dunkerley co ltd contractor. my family backup is poor but I think start own business in our home town (hospet), plz suggest.
  • Rathod Parag said on August 31, 2015
    Hi, sir I am Parag Rathod. I have read your article regarding starting a business in civil engineering. sir, now I am in 2 year of be, I have also completed my diploma in civil engineering from Aurangabad, maharashtra, India. I want to start business in the same line, so your precious guiding regarding this will be most helpful for me.... I am waiting for your reply sir... Thanks
  • Utkarsh Saxena said on September 28, 2015
    Hi sir,I am currently in 4th year, Civil from a premier collage.I am passionate about being an entrepreneur in my field. Sustainable construction in residential building is what I am looking to target. The thing which I lack is management skills. I have the idea and unique selling proposition for the product which is value to money for the customers. How to proceed for the same.If there is any advice which you can give surely will be useful to me.I am looking forward to hear form you. Thanking u in advance!
  • mourin afrose said on October 27, 2015
    i have completed my bsc in civil engineering in 2014. i want to start a business with small amount of capital can i get any help.
  • m.k. seth said on December 1, 2015
    sir i complete my in civil engg. so i want to business in building construction and please give me suggestion about this.
  • sanjeev kumae said on December 5, 2015
    Sir I am a diploma holder in civil engineering and have experience of 15 years in construction. I want to start own business please suggest me.
  • Arul kumar M said on December 12, 2015
    Hi sir,i'm Arul kumar M from dharmapuri. i complete my BE civil engg & auto cad, archi cad & staad pro v8i. i have 5 year's experience in civil building construction. so i want to business in building construction and please give me suggestion about this. Dharmapuri, hosur, palacode, pennegaram, tamilnadu.
  • preethi said on December 29, 2015
    Hi sir , I am working in govt sector.Also doing my ME structure. I like to start designing of building as a side business. I know auto cad and going to join stad pro v 8i class. I need your idea and suggestion regarding design.
  • ramesh said on January 31, 2016
    I want to start a civil works services business in bangalore. but i am not understanding how i have to start. i have so many doughts. please sir help i am so much passionate towards civil business. from last 1 year i have been trying to start business. but i am not getting what to do and what not to do. please sir help me.
  • vivek said on April 16, 2016
    dear sir i m vivek from varanasi . i want to start business in civil engineering . i am pursuing b. tech in civil . i am final year student. plz suggest me.
  • manik ramesh vyawahare said on April 18, 2016
    my name is manik my education is a diploma civil engg. I want start up my business in civil field i have one year ex .in commercial building please tail to how i will start up my business.
  • amit kumar said on April 25, 2016
    Hello i am amit stdyin about to enter in 7th sem i.e.4th year in not at all interested in doing I'm really enthusiastic in business line and grown up with business background so therefore i would like to start on ma own construction company please help me with your ideas thank you
  • Subhra said on May 1, 2016
    I am pursuing my diploma in civil engineering and I would like to start an own business of mine immediately after my diploma. So can you suggest me some plans to do the same?
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  • Deependra sharma said on July 21, 2016
    hello sir i am from sikkim(NE Region) and have done /MBA and presently working under Rural management dept. i want to start my own firm can u suggest me what and how to startup !! thank you
  • praveen said on September 14, 2016
    sir i am planning a business based on e-coarse that which may be useful to the world middle class and poor people based on buildings so now a days all are interested in construction of new home and an interior designs for their homes i develop a application already i have started the coding on it may releases in 1 year. praveen
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