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3 Things to Know Before Running a Business from Your Pole Barn

pole barn businessIf you’ve always dreamed of starting your own small business, setting up your business in a pole barn can be a great way to do it. Rather than worrying about paying rent on an expensive commercial property, you could find a low-cost, durable pole barn design and stay close to home to operate your business.

Whether you want to run a wedding venue, farm produce store, antique shop, or anything else, the right pole building design can help you get started. Of course, you have to do more than just post a sign out by the road to run a business from your property. Here are three things you need to consider before setting up a pole barn business:

Do You Have a License for That?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re running a multimillion dollar company or a small mom-and-pop shop next to your house: if you’re selling goods or providing services, you’re going to need business licenses and permits. The government websites for your city and county should be able to tell you what licenses you need, and the Small Business Administration has a list of licenses you’ll need depending on the state you live in. You should also check local zoning laws—if your pole building business qualifies as a home-based business, you may also need a Home Occupation Permit.

Are You Covered?

Nobody wants to think about something bad happening on their business premises, but you need to be prepared just in case something does go wrong. General liability insurance will help cover you if, for example, someone slips and falls on your property and sues you for personal injury. Small business property insurance will cover you if a natural disaster strikes, destroying your building and the goods inside it.

Hopefully, you’ll never have to file an insurance claim for your pole barn business, but it’s good to know you’ll have protection if you need it!

What Are Your Local Zoning Codes?

Before you start a business in your pole building, you’ll need to see what commercial activity your city and county will allow on your property. Your city or county clerk’s office should be able to get you a copy of local ordinances, and if there’s anything you don’t understand, you can check with the city’s planning department.

If you are permitted to set up shop on your property, there may still be zoning restrictions that affect certain aspects of business, such as:

  • Where and how many cars can be parked at your business
  • Where you can display signs (and how prominent they can be)
  • The hours that you can open your pole building to the public
  • The kinds of materials you can store in your pole building

Not every local zoning law will apply to every type of business, but you should make sure you understand the ones that affect you before you open your doors to paying customers.

Do your research so that your business will be a success. Operating a business from a pole barn is a great way to keep your overhead low, but you need to make sure you’re not running afoul of any state, county, or city regulations.

Pole Building Design

Available Space, Budget and Imagination

I’ve always said these three things – available space, budget and imagination are the only limitations when it comes to pole building design.

Available space – I’ve now been personally involved in around 16,000 pole buildings. Yes, for those who are curious, it is a lot of pole buildings. After 35 years in the industry I am still waiting for the first client to contact me after they construct their pole building and say, “My building is just too big”!

business-storage-buildingIn the mid-1990s I constructed an 80 x 150 x 20’ tall pole building for one of the businesses I owned, Apex Roof Truss. I remember standing in the middle of the floor of this huge empty building, looking around and thinking, “We will never use all of this space”. Not two years later the building was filled to the ceiling and I was wishing I would have constructed a larger building!

Budget – It doesn’t matter if the building was free, if the budget is zero. Realistically create a budget of what can be spent on your new pole building(s). A great planning tool is available for FREE here: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/pole-barn-planning-guide.htm

And don’t just count available cash in hand. For those with FICO scores of 680 or better, it is possible to borrow (on approved credit) up to $45,000 with monthly payments of not much more than 1% per month of what was borrowed. For information on all available financing programs available through Hansen Pole Buildings go to: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/financing.htm

Imagination – Plenty of it to go around. We’ve had clients do some unique things with their pole building design – over 54,000 square feet under one roof; 44 feet tall; three stories; even 100 foot clear spans! How about a cantilevered deck off a second story? Dormers? Cupolas so large you can entertain 6 friends while looking out through windows 50’ above the ground?

One of the more imaginative uses appeared in an article I wrote recently: https://www.hansenpolebuildings.com/blog/2015/02/loafers/

What the article didn’t show was the inside, so we’ve provided a bar’s eye view with this article!