If you’re thinking of setting up a new business, then electrical work might well appeal. It’s interesting, it’ll appeal to a certain mindset, and it’ll always be in demand – or, at least, it will for as long as people live in houses which need an electrical supply.
Why start your own business?
Even if you’re convinced of the merits of becoming an electrician, you might not quite have made the leap to becoming a self-employed electrician. So why is it that so many electricians are self-employed?
The first thing to say is that when you’re self-employed, you don’t have to answer to anyone (other than your clients, arguably). This means that you have the freedom to choose which hours you work, and to arrange your work so that it fits your personal life, without having to ask the permission of anyone else. You can also, potentially, earn more money – as all of the post-tax profits from a given job will go directly into your pocket.
How do I Become a Self-Employed Electrician?
Once you’ve set your heart on becoming a self-employed electrician, it’s worth coming up with a plan, and thinking about how you’ll get there and on what timescale.
Your first step, almost inarguably, should be to get yourself qualified. Working with electricity is dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, and you could be breaking the law if you advertise yourself as an electrician without being appropriately qualified. Moreover, you likely won’t do a very good job, and thus your business will fail in the long-term.
This is an extremely practical profession, as well as a technical one. While you might be able to learn a great deal by studying, there’s no real substitute for experience on a job. The best way of gathering this experience is working under the guidance of someone who knows what they’re doing – which is why working as an apprentice is such a good idea.
Tools and Equipment
If you’re going to succeed as an electrician, then you’ll need to have access to the appropriate tools and equipment. Not only this, but you should invest in the appropriate storage and transport so that you can keep them safe when you’re out on a job, and secure when they’re in storage overnight. This generally means getting a tool box that’s fit for purpose.
Just about every successful business starts with a business plan. Here’s where you’ll work out what your targets are in the short, medium and long-term, and what steps you need to take to achieve them. The plan doesn’t have to be too fancy a document, but it should be updated regularly.