I am a recently graduated mechanical engineer with a PhD focused on
numerical modeling of Thermal/Fluid systems. I have been lately
entertaining the idea of starting an engineering consulting business
which focuses on providing Computational Fluid Dynamics services to
private companies (perhaps government too?). I would be starting a
2-owner LLC with another mechanical engineer (also PhD graduate plus
1.5 years CFD Post-Doc experience). We both have extensive academic
experience and some industry experience (internships). So here are my
1) I currently live in Lubbock, TX and to my knowledge no company in
town would require the services my company would be offering. I
understand that moving to another city even within the state of Texas
(Dallas, Houston, etc.) would bring me into close proximity to large
companies that could make use of CFD-related services. Nontheless,
moving would deprive me from my current stable source of income. Also,
I have free office space in town. Is physical proximity to my clients
a concern? Can most business functions be done via phone, Email, etc?
It seems somewhat reckless to move to a larger city just to fail. What
do y'all think? I do not mind traveling to meet clients.
2) I am considered a minority. Would it be advisable to obtain a MBE
certification for my company? Will it facilitate finding initial
clients? The certification costs money which I would not like to spend
if I do not have to.
3) My friend and I both have a good deal academic research experience
in CFD and computation, plus internships in industry. Is it a good
idea for people with our experience level venture into something like
Please let me hear what you experts have to say.