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To start a Coffin and Casket Business you will need to know how to manufacture pauper coffins, economical coffins, standard and luxury coffins. You need to know how to manufacture Ordinary Caskets, Raised Lid Caskets and Dome Caskets.
If you want to start a Coffin and Casket manufacturing business in South Africa, the funeral products, meaning the coffin, casket or lowering device to mention a few products used by the Funeral Undertaker to complete the Funeral Service, can differ from those available in other countries due to the culture, beliefs and mix of the South African population.
This knowledge can only be acquired at a Coffin, Casket and Dome Casket Training Center where you can physically be trained during a coffin and casket course. At the Training center you will need to practically manufacture ordinary raised lid Caskets and Dome caskets as part of your training to start this business. It would be of particular convenience if such a company would also offer some form of Coffin and Casket Business Package that an entrepreneur that cannot attend the course can use to teach him or herself.
Training should enable you to supply the poor and the rich with quality funeral products: Funeral products being the term used for any product, such as a burial box, that is utilized or bought for the completion of a Funeral Service. You need to know how to Stain and Grain burial boxes and how to upholster the different burial boxes.
All coffins, except pauper coffins in some instances,are fitted with handles and decorations. The quality and type of Coffin handles and coffin decorations depends on the market which will purchase the burial box as not everyone can afford a luxury coffin. Any training should definitely include a supplier list of where all the above can be sourced.
Caskets are used by the middleclass and Dome Caskets are used by families where money is not a problem. Casket handles and decorations are of better quality than the coffin trimmings. The wood used to manufacture Caskets and Dome Caskets are also of better quality. A manual in which the different types of wood, whether real wood or processed wood, is described in detail and is another must have, especially for the sake of entrepreneurs who are starting this business without having a lot of woodworking experience.
Entrepreneurs who do not have the skill of woodworking or who needs a little more information, should also be able to source a course that includes CD’s or DVD’s that show all the manufacturing processes step by step.
To enable you to manufacture and build the coffins and caskets quicker, you will need to manufacture a jig and have access to the templates needed to manufacture the coffins. Jig templates are patterns used to shape all sizes of coffins and caskets. Without the jig templates you cannot make the jigs needed to build your products quickly and cost effectively. No more wasted time!
It is important to be able to distinguish between the manufacturing of a burial box (coffin or casket) for a grave burial and a burial box for a cremation burial. You must also acquire all information about the differences between a cemetery burial, a private burial, a farm burial and a traditional burial. This will equip you to understand what type of coffin or casket your client might require and why.
Never under estimate the prices that people are willing to pay for a burial coffin or casket as many people belong to burial societies. They have burial or funeral policies with many insurance companies. It is also worthwhile to know as much as possible about the funeral service traditions of different cultures.
Most deceased people fit into a normal coffin or casket. However, on occasion you will have to build outsized coffins and caskets. The art of Coffin and Casket Customization needs to be addressed because bigger people also deserve beautifully made coffins and caskets. In this instance a reference book such as a coffin and casket manufacturing manual, showing you how to manufacture your funeral product is needed. A coffin and casket marketing manual that assists and provides marketing ideas should also be on your list of must have items.
One can never have too much information or too much support; in fact more is always better.
If one can source CD’s or DVD’s that show the whole process of manufacturing coffins and caskets as it is done in a workshop, would that not be the ideal? One would be able to see the whole process of making and using coffin templates, building the coffin jig, and how to manufacture the different types of coffins. If the spray painting process and the building of the coffins and casket is also shown, that would mean that one has hit the jackpot!
If one starts a coffin and casket manufacturing business you need to know what the cost of setting up the business will be. Coffins and caskets are not all made from the same materials. Without knowing what and how much of the same type of coffin or casket you will be selling it is difficult to quote a price out of hand. Remember, some cheap burial boxes and funeral products are made for funerals that are less expensive; others are made for expensive funerals.
You will need Coffin and Casket plans, and definitely a cutting list for the wood. You will also need a cutting list for the seven normal size coffin jigs and one for outsize coffin jigs for larger people. It is ideal if you find a coffin and casket manufacturing manual that has detailed diagrams, listing all the sizes on the diagram with the length and width of each piece of wood.
You need to know what the acceptable sizes are of every size coffin and most of all; you need to know how to make leak proof coffins and caskets with strong coffin bottoms, strong enough to keep the deceased inside the burial box.
It is important to make sure that your product conforms to the SABS standard so make sure that you train with the right company, a company that train according to the SABS standards. The company must also offer continuous support for at least 6 months to a year.
The company should provide you with a coffin and casket marketing manual and extras such as developing a free website for you so that your product is advertised properly. You should be supplied with the knowledge on how to secure funeral business without being a Funeral Parlour, what burial societies are and how they operate. The training company should provide you with a certificate of completion and training should last for at least 4 days with ongoing support.
It is possible to start this business by manufacturing your first few coffins and caskets for your double garage, in fact, I know of people who successfully started their business from their double garage. In this way one could make all the display coffins and caskets after hours and on weekends while still being employed.
Most of the tools needed to create beautiful coffins and caskets are already present in the average handy man’s garage. You might only need to purchase a compressor for spray painting the burial boxes which you will be staining and graining
Is there competition out there? Of course there is! You will never find a business that has no competition! Ideally you should have continuous support when starting any business. A certificate of completion would help to make people aware that you know what you are doing. You must be able to draw freely from the business expertise of an expert coffin and casket builder who will provide you with advice, knowledge, and assistance and support while you are in the startup process of starting your own business.