Construction: Why is it always boom or bust?

In simple terms, boom and bust refers to a cycle of economic expansion and contraction that continues to occur. In today’s capitalist economy, this is unavoidable. During the ‘boom’ period, jobs are in high supply and investors see an increase in returns. Conversely, with a subsequent ‘bust’ comes a shrink in the economy, a rise in unemployment and a loss of money for said investors. This cycle has no time limit nor is it limited by severity.

What can those in the construction industry do to prevent companies going bust after the boom? Having certain measures in place including sustainability and the use of storage containers onsite may help.

How Does The Construction Industry Measure Economic Conditions?

For those in the construction industry, boom and bust is nothing new. However, this is an industry that stands as a good measure of general economic conditions, as an increase in construction leads in turn to an increase of a country’s physical infrastructure – critical for long-term growth. The construction industry is also influenced by the economy, with its activity having a large impact on employment.

While many issues that contribute to this cannot be controlled (population growth, migration, the international economy, etc.), many issues that occur are simply down to things like bad planning and poor business practices. During the boom, many jump at the chance to expand their business. However, if profits aren’t already soaring, this can be a bad move.

How To Avoid Issues With The Boom And Bust Cycle

Before companies grasp what looks like a chance to expand; systems, structure and support must be put into place. Any business requires a solid foundation to build upon and construction is no different. Good end to end management, the right people in the right positions and support for your business’ growth must all be taken into account.

When these factors are considered, the construction industry has a great opportunity to be not only stable, but sustainable too. By becoming more aware of the future, companies are taking steps to improve onsite production. One of the ways that they can do this is with the use of containers for onsite storage.

Containers are, more often than not, the perfect solution for even the most complex construction storage requirements. Even in a period of construction ‘bust’, companies can benefit from something that is affordable, flexible and sustainable. Your construction storage container can be used for a variety of needs; helping with local transportation and warehousing, allowing you to expand your business with an additional mobile worksite and helping you to flex your storage capacity to better manage issues that often arise in construction projects.

Mobile Mini is one of the UK’s leading providers of secure storage containers for use on construction sites. With the largest fleet in the UK and a national network of 15 branches, we can provide a solution for key industries including construction, retail and education. View our selection of containers for hire to find something that suits you.