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, Founder of Inspired Marketing, Inc., helps overachieving women entrepreneurs conquer limiting beliefs and create marketing plans that grow their businesses. This includes one-on-one marketing plan development, digital product creation, web design and content marketing. 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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32 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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  6. I liked that you explained that when you are starting a welding company you will need to get tools like MIG, TIF, stick welders, plasma and air cutters. That does seem like a lot of equipment to know when you are looking for a company. It does seem like you would want to make sure that the company has the proper equipment.

  7. I myself am a welder and I love reading blogs about welding and the related works done. Now I know how to start my own welding business. Thanks to your post and please keep posting this works.

  8. I liked what you said about how it would be smart to get your welding equipment. It is good to know that you would also want to get some great safety equipment as well. That does seem like a great thing to be aware of when you need to have a good fabrication business.

  9. I definitely agree that one can get second-hand MIG, plasma cutter, safety wear equipment, and fume extractors before starting a welding business. In my opinion, future owners should also take note of getting the right sanding table too. They can provide a space to work on projects while keeping pollutants in.

  10. My brother is thinking of using the money he saved from the bank for the past years to start his own business. When I read that if he wanted to start his dream welding business, he needs to get equipment that is of good quality and working condition. With that, I thought that I should help him find a supplier to buy from, such as getting an automatic tank girth welding machine, so that he can keep his employees safe and ensure the quality of his finished projects.

  11. I am trying to start my own business. This blog helps me understand lots of things. I will try to implement this concept to my new businesses. Thanks for the share.

  12. very important post! Hope this post going to help lots of people who are thinking for startup.
    well explained. All the best.

  13. Welding is mostly done in metal workshops and on construction sites. However, this skill is not just limited to professional welders.

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  19. i m already in this business and thanks for tips

  20. After Corona, people are getting into welding and other technical business more and more. This thing will surely help them a lot.

  21. I used to have a store of welding apparatus but due to covid I got into the worse situation. then I decided to offer my services online and following proper SOPs, now my welding business is growing gradually and now reading more ideas like yours for improving it even more. Thanks Dequiana Jackson and keep sharing good work with us

  22. Thanks for sharing such wonderful informations. A little tip from me to add in your experience advice that Never look directly at the welding arc, even for a split second without a welding helmet. Even as a bystander, indirect exposure to the welding arc can also damage your eyes. A quality welding helmet is a must. No matter if you plan on observing a welding instructor, friend or mentor, it is a good idea to have your own welding helmet. Don’t get discouraged by the assortment and price ranges available.

  23. Thank you for sharing ideas to start a mobile welding business.
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  27. Can you please describe is this possible to take tig welder while mobile welding. Because TIG welders are heavy and it is not easy to take them from one place to another.

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