Getting started in the transportation industry is a little different than getting started in most other businesses, especially if you’re looking to break into the railroad business.

Here are some recommendations on how to proceed, to get your railroad business established.

Preparing a company business plan

Preparing a business plan can be a daunting task for any entrepreneur, and for any type of business. If you’re thinking about becoming involved in the transportation industry and the railroad business particularly, you will need to describe where your business is headed, and what your plans are for achieving your business goals. It is also important to remember the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) requirements in regards to safety and compliance with all Federal regulations and laws.

Review the competition

Before you get too heavily involved with opening a railroad business startup company, you should review the competition in your area, to see whether or not your chances of success are truly viable. You can do this easily with an online search, by checking for all the railroad contractors in your town or your region. Once you’ve identified the rivals in the area are, you’ll need to formulate a realistic and effective plan for how you will compete with them. This means identifying your unique value proposition, and why customers would come to you as opposed to your competitors.

Find a mentor

It can be absolutely priceless to find a mentor in the business who has already been there, and who has already done many of the things you’re trying to accomplish with your railroad business. You may not get good advice from your competitors, but by reaching out to professionals in the transportation industry in other cities, you may be able to find a mentor who can guide you through the intricacies of the business. If you can’t find a good-hearted individual like this, you should do everything possible to educate yourself about the transportation industry and about the railroad business specifically, before taking the plunge into a startup company.

Funding for your transportation industry business 

Like all businesses, your transportation industry business will sometimes require additional funding to keep running smoothly, or perhaps to grow to the next level.

The management team of Safe Harbor Commercial Capital has over 20 years of experience in the Railroad Industry. Contact us if you’re in this situation, and let us help you achieve your financial goals.