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  1. #1
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    Default I want to be my own boss!!!!



    Ill be graduating from welding school this coming fall. Now some might say I'm jumpin on this too quick but if I dont do it now I never will. I wanna start just a normal portable business. There arent many portable welders in this area so I think it will work. Ive already got paperwork in for grants to cover start up costs. Now what I need help with is findin a decent truck and trailer. I think Ive got a pretty good idea of the machinery I need but the vehicle is a different story. The way I figure you other entrepenures(spelling) probably went through this too. Any advice on manufacturers or retailers would be so greatly appreciated. Good day!

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    Grants for starting up a business?

    Anyway, I just listed my 96 Dodge 1-ton diesel on eBay. I've been using it for a welding truck for two years. E-mail me with any questions about it. I also still happen to have the trailer I built for it, but wound up putting all the equipment on the truck after using the trailer for a year.

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    Can you find enough work right off to support yourself? Most guys usually get a job as a welder and do it on the side too. Then when they get enough work they move over for themselves.

    Good luck and congratulations on the welding school
    Scott
    HMW [Heavy Metal welding]

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    As much as I hate to say it, get jobs and make contacts. You can never have enough. I can't imagine ever hiring anyone.

    Mike MD Welding & Fabricating

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    MD Welder

    Clarify if you could for me as I'm not sure I understand you correctly. When you said you cant imagine hiring anyone, how come? The reason I wanna do this immediately is because I believe I'm gonna have the startup costs completely covered. Since my dad passed I live at home with my mother takin care of the heavy labor around the house so Im not gonna need much to support myself and I feel that this sort of business should only have minimal overhead costs. Keep the advice comin fellas!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woogawelder View Post
    MD Welder

    I feel that this sort of business should only have minimal overhead costs. Keep the advice comin fellas!!
    If you define minimal as $6000.00+ for the first week as minimal ok?


    Don't be one of the jokers I turn in every month that say the got a business and don't have a license insurance bond or what ever else you need in your area. One oops on your part and you and your mother could find your selves on the street. And I add your mother to this because you are living with her in her home the sharks will go after her and you.

    My suggestion is go work as a welder get some experience. Find a job as a helper for some old guy that just wants to weld you do all the lifting. He'll know where to find the equipment you need and you wont go bust getting it.



    Your eagerness is great it will take you in life.

    Tj
    TJ______________________________________

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    Cool Business eh

    Well like HMW said for now get a welding job and start your own business that's how I started and well still do "however be warned" lets say that you find a job in the commerical truck business dont be doing that kinda of work at home because that just became a conflict of interest your fired try and convince your boss that you are not stealing business away from them.and how do they find out you ask well when you open your mouth about what you are doing on the side to a friend at work or invite a friend from work over to your place and they say hey whats this you should'nt be doing this kind of work man if the boss ever found out as soon as your friend say's that you just gotta know your F#@ked ! Just keep it to your self at work whatever you decide to do.O ya and congratulations on the welding school
    As for business there is quit afew people on the motorsports side that could give you alittle more input talk to coalsmoke ,weldingrod,fusionking , KB fabrications,Pipeline Dan, aametalmaster just to name a few.

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    this is my idea: don't bother getting a welding truck just make or buy a trailer.. any vehicle can tow a trailer.
    Jorgensen MFG.
    Custom trailers:from utility to semi trailers i make em all.
    argonweld_bjorn@hotmail.com
    www.ehhitch.com

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    Hey before I start let me say I think this is one of the nicest online forum I think Ive found. Thanks for not flamin and callin me a noob lol. Sooooo trailer or truck? Whats a reasonable rate to offer folks, especially contractors?

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    Hey woogawelder,

    I did just what you are planning to do and I don't reccommend it. It's not just a matter of finding work but also you're fresh out of school and don't have the experience. It's one thing to do stringer beads all day in a flat position on a nice welding table in a nice shop, but that's never what needs to be welded on! Not to say you're not good or anything (i haven't seen your work so I don't know) but there's so much more to welding than laying down stringer beads all day. You really should get some experience in a shop first before you go out on your own. You need to learn the way things are really done and all the tricks that can save you out in the field. A big part of mobile welding is repair and repair takes a lot of weld preperation (grinding, sanding, air arc gouging, etc.). Also, you will find so many costs and things you need to buy that you never anticipated (consumables, gases, tools, welding blankets, etc, etc, etc...).
    I would reccommend you start out slow and get the word out. Don't expect advertising to work instantly; word of mouth is much better. Make up some nice business cards and hand them out to people. I sent out a "flyer" to about 10 different vineyards in the area with my business card mounted on a magnet in the envelope. A couple months later, one of those vineyards called me because they kept the card on the fridge. After I did the job for them, they reccommended me to another vineyard who has continually kept coming back to me with work. Bottom line, If you do good work, people will come back to you and the word will get around.
    As far as truck vs. trailer, get at least a 3/4 ton truck and mount the welder in the back. Then use this truck for your daily driving, people will see you welder (especially the Miller blue ) and ask you about welding. I've got jobs before from just driving around town!
    Anyways, I could probably go on forever so, good luck! I hope you are very successful...Oh and one more thing, never get discouraged !

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