Starting your own business can be a lot of hard work that feels more freeing than working for someone else. When you open a mobile welding business, you are starting with fewer out-of-pocket costs because you will not need a commercial location to rent or purchase. It also means that you need a mobile vehicle capable of holding everything you need for the job at hand. You can open your business by putting it on wheels, getting licensed and finding customers.
Put It on Wheels
Opening a mobile welding business means that you will have to have a vehicle to carry all of your equipment, but it also means that you will need to be able to easily move that equipment around the job site as well as on and off the vehicle. With the help of rigid casters, you can make a mobile welding workbench easy to roll on and off a low vehicle with a ramp.
To legally do a job as a welder, you will need to be certified and licensed. Most areas will have a welding training program close by and you can find the right one online to get the certifications that you need. Once you have completed the training, you will need to get licensed by your state. This usually includes testing on various aspects and each state will have information available to help you. Another license you need is a business license from your local chamber of commerce.
Probably the hardest part of setting up a welding business, mobile or not, is finding enough customers to keep you busy, but not so many that you have to turn them away. One way to help with this is to find a niche that you can fit into. For instance, you can advertise yourself as a custom builder with your local cosplay groups and make frames for them to store larger pieces safely. This will take you out of larger construction projects but can set you up for smaller and more varied projects.
Owning your own business can be rewarding, but you will need a place to operate from. By making your business mobile, you can pay for a vehicle instead of a brick-and-mortar storefront and take your company to your customers. This can allow you to be more flexible in your work and let you take on different types of welding projects.