Launching Your Career as a Freelance Electrician: Getting Started - The Coventry Observer

Launching Your Career as a Freelance Electrician: Getting Started

Electricians are in short supply. Indeed, this can be said of many trades, and not just in the United States either.

As trade worker numbers continue to dwindle, demand continues to rise – making the market a highly fruitful one for newly-minted electricians entering the workforce.

Many new electricians start their career as part of a larger organisation, particularly if they have come through as apprentices.

However, there is a wide world of work out there beyond the boundaries of a pre-existing company or corporation; going freelance can be both a freeing and lucrative option. But what does freelancing look like? And how might you start your own freelance enterprise?

Anatomy of a Freelance Career

Freelance electricians are free from the strictures of any individual business or organization, apart from within the potential frameworks of a temporary contract with a client. This freedom enables freelancers to set their own rates, manage their own workloads and essentially be the architect of their own career path. Freelancers can play to their strengths, find a niche and excel within it.

The flexibility that a freelancer enjoys can translate to more quality time with family and friends, while working solo ensures every penny either returns to them or gets re-invested back into their own business. Being able to find and specialize in a niche also enables them to corner the market, guaranteeing longevity in a sought-after trade. What makes a successful freelancer, though?

Tools of the Trade

Whereas working under an engineering outfit or construction company would see you provided with the tools you need to work, being a freelance electrician means you need to source your own. As such, you need to get intimately familiar with trade catalogues – and create a comprehensive list of the tools you’ll need.

As well as specific tools and measuring equipment like a DMM (digital multimeter) and electrical tester, you’ll also need more conventional kit. A Milwaukee drill set would cover you for most domestic applications where you need to quickly access outlets or drill holes for cabling. You may also need saws for last-minute joinery to make parts fit.

Prerequisites and Qualifications

As a budding freelance electrician, you should already understand the fundamental importance of education to the trade. Electricians need to know what they are doing, not just for their own safety but also for the safety of others around them. It is for this reason that electricians are required to be licensed; licenses are handled differently on a state-by-state basis, and can require different levels of experience or training as a result.

You may also wish to take the opportunity to gain a qualification in electrical engineering or some equivalent subject, not for licensing purposes but to expand your knowledge. You can also use your qualifications in any advertising, to illustrate your aptitude for work and win more clients.


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