How to Start a Mobile Welding Business

Whether you are already a fully qualified and experienced welder or are thinking of getting into welding as a future career idea, starting your own mobile welding business is an ideal venture for those who’d like to be their own boss. Mobile welders provide a range of welding services to both individuals and companies who lack the skills and expertise, and as a job it’s also one that allows you to travel around to different locations, making it perfect if you don’t want to be stuck working from one place. We’ve put together a handy list of steps that you’ll need to take in order to get your mobile welding business up and running.

Licensing and Certification

Before you can put any of your business plans into place, you will need to have the correct licensing, certification, and also welding qualifications. If you are already a qualified welder you will likely have the qualifications and certificates that are needed for you to set up your own mobile welding business, whereas if you are new to the trade or simply have welding experience but have never gained a qualification, you will need to make sure that this is obtained before you can begin to trade as a company.

You will also be required to obtain a license for welding, which will include taking a licensing exam where you will be tested in areas related to the safe use of welding equipment, welding processes, fabrication and repair processes. You can obtain a welding license by applying to the licensing board in your state. You should also obtain a business license.

Business Plan

Anybody starting a business in any industry is advised to write a business plan, although this is not a mandatory step and is not required by law. However, if you apply for funding or insurance you may be required to produce one, which is why it’s a good idea.

Purchasing Welding Equipment

Of course you cannot run a mobile welding company without the correct tools and equipment. When just starting out you might want to consider buying items second hand or at auction in order to keep start up prices low, however it’s vital that any items that you buy are of good quality and in good working condition. You will need tools such as MIG, TIG and stick welders, plasma and air cutters, safety wear equipment, fume extractors, and protective gear. For great prices on welding supplies, visit Lincoln Electric.

Advertising

Once your business set up is complete, it’s time to start getting clients. Advertise your business by approaching companies in your local area who may be in need of welding services, such as farms, auto parts stores, mobile home dealers, electricians, bowling alleys, and even restaurants. E-mail is a good way in which to do this, however marketing e-mails are often overlooked – for the best results, visit in person or send a letter.

If you’d like to pass on any more information or advice about starting a mobile welding business, we’d love to hear from you in the comments.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, CEO of Inspired Marketing, Inc., is a small business marketing coach who shows women entrepreneurs how to use solid marketing strategies to turn their life’s passion into a profitable, service-based business. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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7 comments

  1. Thank you for the outline on what to expect when starting a welding business. I think I want to do either custom welding or custom plastics. I just haven’t seen any advertisements for courses or certifications at the schools near me. Could I get certified if I was trained on the job?

    • Hi Veronika. If there are no schools near you, it looks like you have a couple of options. First, you could take an online course through The American Welding Society or a similar group. These courses are completely virtual and can be taken from the comfort of your home or office. Second, you could sign up for a certification test immediately. The American Welding Society also gives information on how to sit for official welding exams. If you’re not in the U.S. look for the equivalent organization in your country.

  2. I’m in total agreement that welding equipment should be sought for at an auction before going to an actual welding store. It’s worth at least attempting, anyway, because even though that sort of equipment may be tricky to find at auctions, lots of money can be saved if you know how to auction. For security purposes, I’m not a huge fan of getting electronics that are used, but when it comes to welding material, I think the only thing is to make sure, as you pointed out, that your purchases take quality into account.

    • Thanks for your comment! And yes, you never know equipment you’ll find at an auction if you don’t at least go out and look for it. Connecting with someone who is experienced with auctions could also help.

  3. Welding services really is very important. A lot of metal works require it and most home builders need it.

  4. Welding services really is very important. A lot of metal works require it and most home builders need it.
    A good welder would know how to properly fix things on cheaper cost.

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