Challenges I’ve Faced in Starting My Electrical Business

Starting an electrical business requires you possess the following educational or technical training, equipment, licensing, and a sound plan in marketing and business strategy. Depending on your state, some states require you to be tested before you are issued a licensed. Like other businesses setting up an electrical business also follows similar procedures.

 The following are what you need to start up your business.

  • Obtain your educational or training certificate in a certified electrical trade school or apprenticeship program. You can see your local electrical union representative to guide you on the training or education requirements as regards your area.
  • Your state department of licensure will give you the information on how to get your license. It may require you write pass test and fill up some paperwork to get the state electrician’s license.
  • There is a need to formulate a business plan for your electrician business. Your business plan must contain all necessary details such as your marketing and business strategies, advertising plan, financial projection, etc. For assistance in writing your business plan you can go through a consultant or the US small business administration website, this is necessary as it will help you to secure financial assistance (loan) from bank or other lending institution.
  • Register with your secretary of state by filling your business structure paperwork be it sole proprietorship or partnership or corporation. After then you need to obtain a your business permit, tax registration certificate, state contracting license, tax identification number and employer identification number. You can get all this from your town hall, state taxation and licensing office and the IRS.
  • Get funds to purchase the necessary equipment and vehicle depending on the preference or type your electrical work you choose to do.
  • It is also advisable you insure your business. Go to an insurance broker to purchase a liability insurance for your business.

Some of the challenges you can expect from being an electrician

  • Being an electrician means you can be called for work in home, offices, schools, factories and construction sites, this might take you out of your area travelling short and long distance taking much of your leisure time.
  • The nature of electrician work sometimes requires standing and kneeling on a constant basis or working in close spaces which is really tiring and claustrophobic. Some of the electricians that work in big factory are subject to noises from machinery.
  • Electricians are highly subjected to injuries and sickness during the course of their work, they can suffer from electric shock, injuries from falls, burns and some other minor ones, but don’t worry too much as there are protective materials to wear which will prevent you from these injuries. Also it is important that you follow all the safety instructions provided for you.

Why I Became An Electrician

Choosing a career can sometimes become a difficult task because of the fact that there are a number of choices available to pick from. Selecting a vocation in life becomes difficult seeing all these available choices.

While making this selection it is important to give added preference to that occupation you are interested in. To attain success in your business it has to be the kind that you enjoy doing the work. To be able to manage this business for a period of time and also earn from it, it is important to select a job that has high demand in the market place. One of these professions is to be an electrician.

Benefits of being an electrician

Many career options

 There are many career paths available to choose in the electrical profession depending on your interest. After becoming a professional electrician, you can choose to get paid working for a company or you can decide to be self employed by running an electrical service. The options to choose as an electrician include: installing and maintaining of traffic signals and household lighting, installation of transformers, troubleshooting, motor control circuit, construction electrician, installation and maintenance of wiring systems in schools, hospitals, factories and office buildings. You can as well become advanced and become an electrical inspector, project manager or consultant. These and many more await you in the electrical business.

Interesting and challenging work environment

Being an electrician provides you with an opportunity to learn more professionally and also personally as you will be exposed to the continuous rise in the development of new technologies and advanced information within the industry. As an electrician you can enjoy the pleasure you derive in the end result of your work and take pride in that. If you enjoy working with your hands and love climbing on tall structures, you can choose to become an outside lineman. Being an electrician you can work on commercial and residential projects; you will be exposed to different types of people with different problems and projects. You will find your work challenging and at the same time interesting.

Demand for electrical services

As the economy of the world revolves around electrical services, the need for electricians will always be on the rise because electrical systems will continue to be installed, maintained and also repaired. There always going to be a need for an electrician with special skills and knowledge in different electrical services.

Travel opportunity: Do you enjoy working and travelling? Being an electrician is a perfect fit for you as you will enjoy this opportunity as an electrician. You can manage to get employment in any part of the world. You can enjoy your profession in countries like Australia, Canada and many of the European countries.

On Becoming An Electrician

An electrician installs, maintains and repairs electrical systems in home or commercial places. Becoming a professional electrician can take you a few years of training, it’s advisable you pass through some level of apprenticeship learning the trade from professionals. Your region, state or cities depends on what requirements you have to attain to become a satisfied and licensed/certified electrician.

Duties of an electrician

  • installing, maintenance and repairing of wiring, lighting and control system
  • Reading blueprints and technical drawings
  • Inspecting of electrical components like circuit breakers, transformers, etc.
  • Troubleshooting and Identifying electrical problems using various testing devices
  • Directing and training of workers to install, maintain, or repair electrical components or equipment.
  • Following state and local regulations based on the National Electricians’ Code
  • Using of hand tools and power tools for fixture of electrical faults.

The following steps will guide you on how to become an electrician

Have a technical certificate or degree

To become an electrician it is required of you to complete a technical program, the coursework requires knowledge from some subjects such as: motor control, blueprint reading, electric motor, national electric code, transformers, basic circuitry and management

Most of the programs usually take two years to complete after which your certificate will be issued to you. Electrician are usually advised to take further education courses in safety practice as well as changes in electrical technology.

Go for an apprenticeship

Most aspiring electricians learn their trade from an apprenticeship program sponsored by unions or some associations. Some of these apprenticeships have some level of requirement qualification which varies depending on the apprenticeship request, it may also involve screening, aptitude tests or exams.

Most apprenticeships programs usually take 4 to 5 years to complete in which rigorous training on some electrical course is required, courses include safety practice, blueprint reading, electrical theory, soldering, fire alarm system also required is training in communication, business plan and project management.

Obtain your state license

After the completion of your training as an electrician the next thing to do is to obtain your state license to enable you to practice. Fill out all the necessary paperwork and meet all the requirements asked of you.