If welding has become a passion for you, you might have taken on small projects for friends or acquaintances. Welding can prove to be an excellent source of secondary--or even primary--income. Beginning your own welding contractor company might be the next logical step. Your next moves should include these individual welding business suggestions.
For clients to trust you with their metal work, your skills need to be excellent. As a self-taught welder, you may have welding skill, but you might need work on your techniques. You may need to explore different welding styles and materials so you know which are best for individual applications and jobs. You may be ignoring safety methods. A training program could be required.
A good education will likely culminate in the opportunity to be certified. Certification credentials can boost your welding profile and convince employers to believe in your personal ability to weld. Earn certifications to secure better-paying positions in the welding industry.
Join the Union
Welding contractor unions benefit local welding companies and small contractors more than you may expect. Through their bargaining work, the right to ask for more money when you take on clients. They usually offer insurance discounts on vehicles, boats, homes and other things. If you experience conflict with clients but belong to the contractor union, your union representative can handle the situation.
Start Video Blogging
Positioning yourself as someone who enjoys welding and excels in it can attract clients. You may not be able to meet up with prospective property owners often, but you can certainly record yourself talking about welding. Video blogging is rather popular; it permits company owners or independent contractors to interact with the public through video. You might record yourself doing some welding work, talk about how to be safe with welding machines or perform tutorials. People will warm up to you and when they need welding, you're someone they'll consider.
Partner with Complementary Businesses
To get a greater clientele base, you may need to enter into joint ventures and relationships with other small businesses. For example, you might talk with fencing contractors, fabrication shop owners and others who aren't in direct competition with you. They can send business to you without jeopardizing their own.
Thriving with your welding business is possible; with knowledge and savvy, you can onboard new clients regularly. Keep learning, start communicating and work hard; your welding company should grow.