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How to Become an Electrician

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The concept of DIY (Do-it-yourself) is a global phenomenon, and one that means different things to different people. While recent reports in the UK suggest that as few as 8% of British home-owners are able to rewire a plug, for example, an article on Yahoo Finance claims that up to 70% of all home-improvement projects involve some aspect of DIY.

The money saving aspects of DIY aside, however, it is also worth noting that the individual arts of electrical repair and plumbing can also translate into profitable careers.

How a Simple Hobby Can Become a High Earning Career

So if you have a passion for DIY and performing electrical repairs, you may well want to consider turning it into a career. While this is easier said than done, it is a path that can be followed with a few carefully planned steps.

Gain the Necessary Skills and Qualifications:

While it is crucial that you have the fundamental skills to become an electrician, it is equally important to acquire the associated industry accreditation. This not only includes basic trade associations, but also more specific qualifications that relate the exact field that you wish to operate in. If you wish to become PAT (portable appliance testing) accredited and deliver PASS services to residential consumers, for example, you will need to seek out a relevant course that suits your existing schedule.

Market your Unique Attributes and Skills and Electrician:

Once you are fully licensed and accredited, the next step is to pursue methods of repaying this investment of time and capital. The economic recovery has encouraged many aspiring tradesmen to qualify as electricians, meaning that local markets throughout the U.S. are extremely competitive and difficult to enter into. Before you take the plunge, you will need to create a strategy for marketing the unique service that you intend to provide, while also utilising your own individual personality as a way of distinguishing yourself from the competition.

Value your Services in a Fair and Reasonable Manner

As a newly established independent tradesmen, creating a pricing structure can be extremely challenging. While it may be tempting to charge the same prices as more established competitors, for example, it is important to bear in mind that you cannot replicate their reputation or customer base. Your price should therefore be based on contractors who are similar to you in terms of experience, while there is also a need to consider overheads and the cost of delivering the service. In short, you must offer pricing that guarantees a healthy profit margin while also enabling you to maintain a steady flow of work.

About the Author:
This post was contributed by Lewis, who works as a food, lifestyle and travel blogger in the UK.

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