Dortech Maintenance are delighted to be working with MPL Locksmiths in the upskilling and development of our site engineers. We look forward to continuing to develop this partnership and would highly recommend their training courses to others
Six Engie carpenters attended the advanced locksmith training course at MPL Locksmith Training to improve their skillsets in force entries to SBD doors. All carpenters who attended the two day course found the course informative and beneficial.
The practical training sessions delivered by the qualified trainers enabled the Engie carpenters to perfect the non-destructive force entry in high security door locks. I would recommend MPL as a training provider as the training delivered a cost saving to the business through non-destructive force entries
In December 2018 I sent two of my operatives to MPL for locksmith training. The training was excellent and they have been able to put this in to good use. It has shortened the time taken for evictions and helped us portray a more professional image in front of bailiffs and other staff. I would highly recommend them for training and for purchasing the right tools.
One of the greatest skills you can develop as a locksmith is a good depth of knowledge about the types of locks you can install. Being able to offer your customers advice about home security in general, and locks specifically, will allow them to recognise your expertise and help to build trust.
Often, there is a trigger for having your locks changed: post-burglary or attempted burglary; a broken lock; to prevent a particular person or persons accessing the home; or when moving into a new home. However, increasing numbers of people are proactively seeking to upgrade their locks. It’s a good time to think about it, as burglaries traditionally spike around this time of year due to darker nights. Plus, the national awareness campaign – National Home Security Month – creates a lot of media noise around home security.
As well as the opportunities that lock upgrades present to locksmiths, you also have a responsibility to offer good advice and reassurance to your customers. This is more likely to generate repeat business as your customers trust your advice.
Upgrading to snap-safe cylinder locks
Locks are the first line of defence for any property and, of all the security measures you can implement, a good quality lock is the most fundamental. Reinforce this point with all customers. The most secure locks are SS312 Diamond Sold Secure standard. They are more expensive than standard cylinder locks, but here are the benefits to help you make the sale:
Traditional cylinder locks can be snapped
As we know, traditional cylinder locks are vulnerable to lock snapping where the cylinder is broken to manipulate the lock to open. Snap-safe locks break at a designated point that doesn’t allow for the lock to be opened, making a break-in much more difficult.
Lock-snapping is easy
You don’t need special tools. It takes just a few seconds to do, and you can even watch videos on YouTube that show you how to snap a lock.
Lock-snapping is common
Lock-snapping accounts for around a quarter of break-ins. With the exception of an unlocked door (a third of burglaries are insecure break-ins), it represents one of the easiest ways to access a house.
Why promote snap-safe locks?
Snap-safe locks cost a little more than standard cylinders so there’s a small additional margin to be made on the product. However, installation takes the same amount of time, so you may wonder what’s in it for you as a locksmith to convince your customers. Well, apart from the professional responsibility to enable your customers to achieve strong home security, you’re also selling your knowledge and expertise as a locksmith. This builds trust and your customers are more likely to trust you to review other locks such as windows and garages. Plus, if anyone does attempt a break-in, the most likely outcome is that the break-in will be thwarted by the lock, but the cylinder will break at its designated point and need to be replaced. No greater evidence would be required to show the value of your recommendation and you would be the tradesperson of choice for any replacements.
The skills to develop your locksmith business as well as the technical skills required all form an essential part of our locksmith training. See our locksmith training courses for all options available.
Today, locks are an extremely important part of everyday life. From super-advanced, encryption-protected systems to simple padlocks, businesses and individuals all have information and equipment they would like to safeguard. This could be as complex and valuable as official sensitive data, or as simple as the tools in your garden shed. Regardless, you’ll be using some form of lock to protect your property.
Choosing the best type of lock can be overwhelming. It can seem like there’s an endless range of locks, each of them unique in structure, integrity and suitability. Where do you begin?
In this article we’re going to take a look at the most common types of lock that are used throughout the world. On our locksmith training courses, you’ll be exposed to these common locks and you’ll learn everything you need to know about them. By the end of the course, our newly-trained locksmiths will understand their mechanisms, their functionality and their uses in industry. Even if you have no plans to become a locksmith any time soon, here are some of the most common types of lock to be aware of.
When we think of locks, padlocks almost always come to mind. This is a lock in its most simple form and one of the most recognisable. They are certainly useful, and, unlike other types, are normally portable. However, they don’t provide the highest level of security in comparison with other kinds of lock.
There are two different types of padlocks: combination padlocks and key-based padlocks. Combination varieties normally involve spinning dials which must be aligned in order to release the locking mechanism. As the name suggests, key-based padlocks need a key in order to be opened. Both of these types of padlock can be useful when a high degree of security is not necessarily required.
Deadbolts are perhaps another most common type of lock and again, their mechanics are straightforward. These locks are normally found on both internal and external doors of residential and commercial properties. With mortice locks, you’ll find that there are 2, 3 and 5 level types of this kind.
Their design may be uncomplicated but this ensures a strong resistance to brute force. Mortice locks are particularly useful in making sure that doors cannot be forced open.
Cylinder locks use the fundamentals of many other locks. Types of cylinder lock include rim cylinders, screw-in cylinders and Scandanavian cylinders, as well as the most popular lock – the Euro Profile Cylinder. Many of these provide extra security with more advanced features. They have many similarities, but all look different.
These types of cylinder lock are essentially a hybrid lock which consists of two common lock forms. Each lock has a different level of security, depending on their make and type, and can all be found on aluminium, uPVC and composite doors.
A rim cylinder will include a large tailpiece which extends through the panel and combines with the locking mechanism on the other side of the door. For that reason, rim locks are mounted on the door itself. Contrarily, mortice locks are operated by a cam instead of an extended tailpiece. Mortice locks are attached on the side of the door, since the lock hardware is installed in a hole within the door.
These cylinder locks provide a much greater degree of security, but locksmiths will typically find installing them more labour-intensive than other locks. Cylinder locks are among the more complicated locks on our training courses.
Euro Profile Cylinder
The Euro Profile Cylinder is the most common type of cylinder lock. Many Euro Profile Cylinder locks come with additional safety features, such as snap safe, anti-pick, anti-drill and lock down mode. The lock is usually held in place by one screw. It locks into place once inserted through the locking mechanism and handle set.
The three variations of this lock are similar to deadbolts: single (half cylinder, double cylinder and single cylinder with thumb turn. Keys and thumb turns are used to turn the locking mechanism within the door.
The Euro Cylinder is the key to the security of a door. Most people think this is because of how many locking points are involved. However, it’s actually down to the security of the Euro Cylinder itself. If this is bypassed, the locking mechanism can be manipulated non-destructively.
And those are just some of the most common types of lock. There are plenty more types of lock to learn about and understand, and you’ll be able to do that on each of our locksmith training courses. Check out the different options on our page to find the one that suits you best.
In this guide, we’ve offered up some tips and tricks for anyone looking to successfully sell access control systems and your installation services to their customers. If that’s you, use this information to better your understanding of the market and to improve your own knowledge and sales technique too.
Firstly, develop an understanding of who might use access control
To be able to sell your access control systems and your services, you need to know who is on the lookout for them, or who could be interested in them when approached.
It’s the commercial market that typically invests in access control systems, with the vast majority of sales coming from developers working on new office units and industrial units, or those looking to improve their existing units. These businesses and individuals are the kind of client you should spend most of your time targeting, when looking to sell access control.
You will also find that developers of apartment buildings will be interested in some sort of access control system, so it’s well worth approaching these businesses to speak to them about your product and your services. You should also consider any new hotels being developed, along with existing hotels undergoing renovation.
When assessing the market you could promote your product and services too, location plays an important role in how well you do with your sales. Consider areas in the country that are currently undergoing a lot of development and think about offering your services in and around that location.
Top tip: If you haven’t covered these four basic steps to promoting your locksmith business as a whole, you might want to start here before focusing specifically on access control.
Ask questions to get a potential customer thinking about their security needs
When it comes to approaching a potential customer and meeting with them to discuss your product and service, it’s a good idea to really get them thinking about their security needs.
You’ll probably find that many prospects will shun the idea of investing in high end security, or changing from their existing (perhaps more traditional) security system. However, with a little conversation and further detail, you could soon help them to understand just how useful and beneficial access control can be.
Find out how many people access or will access the building on an hourly or daily basis. Explain that with so many people coming in and out of the building, it can be difficult to keep up with who should be accessing the space and who shouldn’t. Better yet, access control can allow the right people in and out at a much quicker pace than traditional security, such as keys.
Ask them what their current process is when an individual makes it into the building that shouldn’t be in there, or when someone attempts to enter the building without the proper permissions. Chances are most buildings won’t have a solid protocol in place, and from there, you can explain just how beneficial access control can be in these situations.
Bring the conversation back to efficiency, by discussing their need for remote locking features. Are there any areas of the building that need to be locked when someone enters and exits? Is there too much risk at stake by relying on individuals to lock the door themselves? You can explain how access control could automate the job for them and as a result, keep all private spaces in the building as secure as possible.
Another question you could ask them is whether or not they require a telecom system. Explain the benefits of having a telecom system and how a short term investment into this type of access control could greatly benefit the security of the building in the long term.
These are just a few of the topics you could discuss when meeting with a potential customer regarding access control and your installation services.
Think about the potential for an upsell when you win a client
When you successfully win a client over and you’re booked in to install a quality access control system into their building, it’s worth thinking about any other security areas you could upsell to them.
From CCTV to high quality key locks, has your client considered all areas of security and if not, is there anything you could suggest or recommend to them, that will help to establish trust with your new client and encourage further business down the line?
You should also consider upselling your services, by encouraging them to sign up to a contract where you regularly services and maintain the access control you have installed for them. This will sign the client up to a long term relationship and if you carry out a good job, could see you being recommended by them to other potential clients in the long run.
When it comes to selling access control and your installation services, it all comes down to knowing the target market, what is going to encourage them to sign up, and how you can create a long term relationship to promote further sales down the line.
If you’re a budding locksmith who has stumbled on this post a little early on in your career, why not think about booking onto our access control course for developing your skills and expertise? Access control is set to be one core component in the future of security, so having the skills to carry out the installation of these services is essential to the success of your long-term locksmithing career.
When starting any new business, there are always things to consider, but what are the specific factors to think about when planning the launch of a locksmith business? In this post, we’ve offered up a few things to bear in mind or carry out, when starting out as a business owner in the locksmith industry.
1. Make sure you receive the correct training
Training is key for any locksmith, even for those who are not looking to start their own business in the trade. If you are new to the industry, it’s true that finding the best training courses and providers can prove particularly difficult, but taking the time to research and discover the best training for you will really benefit you and your business in the long run.
Look at what’s included
When looking for a course, take into consideration the content covered. Make sure it covers all methods of entry, identification, maintenance and repair, as well as providing information on the latest high security locks.
Some of the more high-quality courses will offer some form of accreditation at the end. Although the locksmith industry is not regulated, a recognised accreditation that will give you credibility is a must for any aspiring businessman. These accreditations will help when it comes to marketing your business and it also looks good to the customer.
Don’t go for the cheapest option
It’s true what they say – pay cheap, pay twice, and this certainly can be the case when looking for locksmith training. The best way to find quality training is by looking at the reviews of the training provider and proof that people have succeeded after the training they received.
Does the training provider offer a backup service? This is a must when you first go live, so again, look for this in the testimonials. A lot of companies advertise this but don’t actually deliver.
2. Get your marketing right
Any training course you attend should also include business and marketing advice. It’s one thing gaining the skills practically, but if you don’t know what works and doesn’t work when it comes to advertising and promoting your business, you may struggle to get things off the ground.
Think about your target market and where you might best get their attention. Think about the tone you would like to set, to put yourself across as a friendly, honest professional that they can trust. Engage with prospective customers on the likes of social media, and make sure you cover all possible opportunities when it comes to promoting to various markets.
When dealing with enquiries, always ask the customer how they found out about you, and keep a log of the advertising source. This will help you identify what advertising is working best for you and gives you something to work from when it comes to renewing advertising with companies or adding to your promotional strategy.
When it comes to sub contract work, you need to know what sort of organisations are worth approaching and how to promote your business to them. What’s more, getting the right balance of sub contract work and work form private customers is key – if you can get this right, you will earn a decent living.
3. Make sure you have the right tools for the job
It’s important to have the right specialist tools to hand that are required for different job type scenarios you will likely come across when in business. However, there is a balance – don’t buy tools you have not yet had to use, but don’t fail to invest in the tools you know you will need. So many people have to walk away from jobs because they haven’t got the relevant tools to do the work, whilst others end up spending copious amounts of money tools that will lie unused.
Get the absolute necessities to begin with, followed by investing in specialist tools as you begin to take on more specialist work.
4. Provide a good service and offer competitive prices
It’s vital to always give your customers the best service possible. This involves everything from being professional when booking the job in, turning up on time (or communicating with the customer if you are going to be late), explaining the process of the job in hand to the customers and pricing the job before starting the work.
Jobs must be completed to a high standard in order to build a successful business that will last you many years to come. At the end of the day, happy customers are essential to the success of a locksmith business, so do everything in your power to provide a good service without costing yourself out of the market.
5. Build a reputation with customer feedback
Customer feedback is key to growing a fruitful locksmith business, so make sure to ask your customers to leave a review on your social media profiles and Google Business pages. The latter will not only help you rank higher in searches, it will also give you credibility with potential new customers from the off.
If you do happen to receive any negative feedback, always try to rectify it to make the best out of a bad situation, and potential customers will appreciate your trying to make things right.
There’s plenty more to think about when building a locksmith business, but these 5 tips were certainly get you started. Be patient, take your time and provide the very best service you can – all of this will help you to succeed as a quality locksmith business owner.
If you’re running a business in the locksmithing industry and are looking for ways to expand, access control is an area certainly worth looking into. Offering this unique service is a sure fire way of expanding your customer base and growing your business, not to mention boosting your reputation and expertise.
Find out more about access control and how it can benefit your locksmithing business here.
What is access control?
Access control is a broad name to cover the security intercom systems put in place to manage who is and isn’t able to enter certain areas. These systems are used in abundance in today’s society, both in commercial and residential properties.
Some systems permit entry through the scanning of a key card or fob, whilst others require a code or permittance from an individual on the other end of the speaker. However, they all share the same end result of limiting the individuals within the space to just those who are supposed to be there.
Whether it’s an industrial park restricting access to staff, or an apartment block with many residents coming and going, you’ll see these security systems used throughout the country. Whilst they are mainly utilised in city centre properties,you will see the occasional access control system being used in surrounding areas too.
Access control is increasing in popularity
As the economy develops and as many more offices, residential complexes and industrial parks are created, the demand for access control systems is constantly on the up. However, it takes a certain set of skills and abilities to properly install these systems and to ensure they perform at their very best. This is where the role of a professional locksmith comes in.
Only locksmiths with the necessary skills to install access control systems will be able to carry out the job properly, so the relevant training and experience is essential. That being said, it’s well worth investing your time, money and effort into this training, as the skills you gain from it will give your locksmithing business an incredible boost.
The benefits of adding access control to your services
Locksmithing for access control systems isn’t something that’s covered as part of the basic locksmithing training. It’s a niche area in the trade and it’s very unlikely that every locksmith will take part in the additional training to develop their skills in this area.
That means that if you do, competition is very low and it’s much easier to be hired for these services for any projects in your local area.
What’s more, because it’s a rather complex area of locksmithing, the cost of your services are much higher than they would be for your simple lock change on a front door. Low competition and higher returns – need we say more about the benefits of access control for your business?
There’s also the advantage of repeat business. It’s likely that you will be asked to return to the same property for regular maintenance checks on the access control systems you previously installed. Better yet, you may even be hired by the same development company for future construction projects they carry out.
There are very few drawbacks to adding access control locksmithing to your business. It takes very little effort on your part to undergo the relevant training and, in time, you’ll soon see the great impact it can have when adding this niche to your range of services.
Whether you’re starting a website from scratch or looking for ways to improve your existing one, there’s a number of vital elements that any locksmith should have. Use our guide to help you set up a professional website for your locksmith business, that’s bound to get plenty of potential customers enquiring about your services.
Provide your contact details
First and foremost, your website should offer potential customers your contact details, so that they can quickly and conveniently get in touch with you during their time in need.
Your phone number is probably the most important method of contact, as your customers will want to be able to get in touch directly to discuss their requirements. Don’t forget that, with many of your websites users will now using mobiles rather than their desktops, so you should include a “tel” link, which allows them to call you easily by just clicking on your phone number.
As locksmithing is a relatively local service, you should look to including your address within your contact details too. Search engines are able to use your location to put your website in the search results for potential customers in your area, so when someone in Manchester searches for a locksmith, the results will show up locksmiths in Manchester. However, this can take a little technical work to carry out, known as SEO, but simply providing your business’ address is a great place to start.
Finally, try to include a contact form or email address as part of your contact details. Those potential customers who aren’t in a rush to find a locksmith ASAP, may prefer to fill in a form to enquire about costings. Once you have responded to them, they will probably compare your prices with other local locksmiths, before deciding to contact you through an alternative method, such as over the phone, for example.
Provide details of your services
In-depth, relevant details of your services will not only help a customer to decide whether you can fulfill their requirements, but it will also help your website to rank higher in search engine listings than competitors who fail to provide this information.
Try to provide a dedicated page for each of your locksmithing services. That way, it’s easier for potential customers to find the information they need, rather than having to skip through a wealth of content that’s irrelevant to them. You will also be able to provide much more information about your services, when you dedicate a page to each.
Promote your USPs
In an industry as competitive as the locksmithing profession, it’s imperative that your website highlights the unique selling points of your business. Whether that’s your specialism in a certain area of locksmithing, a discount for bulk orders or “no emergency callout charge”, to name a few, shout about your business’ selling points to get your potential customers interested.
Top Tip: Make these unique selling points stand out by using callouts or short worded phrases that make them more visible than the rest of the content. Use short and snappy phrases, before offering more details about your USPs in the standard page content.
Offer up your reviews
Reviews are the ultimate seal of approval for your business, offered up by customers who have experienced the quality of your work in the past. There’s no greater recommendation for a locksmith, than a positive review from previous customers, so make room for these reviews on your website.
Encourage conversions with call to Actions
Convincing visitors to your website that you’re the professional for the job is one thing, but you need to help them along towards enquiring or converting. Call to Actions on every page of your website will help to improve the customer journey and will persuade convertible customers to enquire about your services. Whether you’re encouraging them to give you a call or head to another page on your website, Call to Actions are a surefire way of persuading a visitor to do exactly what you want or need them to do.
These features are certainly the most important aspects to include on your locksmithing website, but they’re just a drop in the ocean as to what you could include. Over time, you’ll be able to test and assess the features on your website, to find out what’s working well with customers and what needs improving. You could also discover what’s missing on your website that could help to bring your locksmithing business more customers.
If you’re thinking about pursuing a career as a locksmith, it’s well worth doing your research beforehand. There are a few things to consider, including how to kickstart your career with the different training options available, as well which route to take further down the line. That being said, once you’re satisfied that a you’ll be happy working as a locksmith, you can expect a rather successful career, wherever it takes you.
We’ve provided plenty of information here, on what it takes to become a professional locksmith, as well as additional things to consider for the future to be able to make the most of your new career.
- Why Become A Locksmith?
- Is Locksmithing Right For You
- Routes To Becoming A Locksmith
Why Become A Locksmith?
HOW MUCH CAN A LOCKSMITH EARN?
The amount that a locksmith can expect to earn depends on how long you have been working as a locksmith, and where you work. The starter salary is around the £16k mark and this can rise to as much as £30k as you become more experienced over time.
But there’s potential for much more, as our recent course video testimonials show, there’s huge opportunity to earn a rewarding salary when starting to trade as a locksmith. Click here to see how one of our past students Mehmet had a turn over of over £60,000 in his first year. He has even to employ a further 2 people which he’s put through the MPL courses in order to manage his workload.
WHAT KIND OF HOURS WILL YOU WORK?
The majority of locksmiths will work a 40 hour week, this can be spread over evenings and weekends. This is because a locksmith will offer a 24 hour service, and you will need to be able to respond to the requirements of your customers.
You may find that you are based in a shop or office, however, there will be requirements to travel on site and fix locks at the customer’s premises. You will also need to be comfortable working outside in all weather.
Once you are a fully trained locksmith then there are a variety of different paths that you can take with your career. You could choose to work for a national company, set up a franchise of a network of locksmiths, or become self-employed and work for yourself. The choices really are yours.
Being a locksmith is an incredibly rewarding career, not only is it highly skilled, but it allows you to help customers when they need you most. So why not find out more about how you can train to be a locksmith?
SUPPLY AND DEMAND
You’ve probably heard the term, a dying trade, which is used to describe many practical jobs that don’t really hold much potential as the UK changes and develops. Locksmithing is a role that couldn’t be further from a dying trade, with increasing numbers of individuals and businesses requiring the skills of a Locksmith year after year.
Firstly, there’s the domestic market, with many homeowners needing the help of a Locksmith after moving to a new home, losing their keys or falling victim to a burglary. There’s also the growing buy to let market, in which landlords require a change in locks each time they take on a tenant. There’s also the opportunity to specialise in specific areas of locksmithing such as uPVC repair and maintenance, or high security upgrades.
Secondly, there’s the commercial market. There are numerous numbers of office spaces being built in developing cities, along with shops and hotels being introduced on a regular basis. These are just a few of the commercial spaces and businesses looking for the skills of a Locksmith, to ensure they are secure enough for business to be carried out there.
It’s this constant stream of demand that allows the Locksmithing trade to continue growing, with more and more professionals needed to join the industry every year to cater to this demand.
EVERY AREA IN THE UK REQUIRES RELIABLE AND PROFESSIONAL LOCKSMITHS
Wherever you’re situated within the UK, there’s no doubt that a Locksmith will be required nearby, and for many different reasons.
You could live closeby to somewhere with a high crime rate, where a large number of burglaries or vandalism takes place. This could be quite off-putting for many people, however, as strange as it sounds, it opens up a lot of opportunity for a Locksmith.
On the other hand, you might be close to a developing area, with plenty of hotels, new-build apartments and commercial spaces being built. As the area grows, so too does your opportunity as a local Locksmith.
Wherever you may be in the UK, there’s always going to be some demand for a Locksmith.
Top Tip: If you’re thinking about setting up your own Locksmithing business, it’s well worth carrying out some research into your local area and the surrounding areas, to see how many similar businesses are already operating nearby and the way in which they are advertising their businesses.
YOU CAN START SMALL AND GROW AS YOU GO
MPL offer a 5 day locksmith training course to give you all of the necessary base skills and knowledge that you need to begin trading as a locksmith – although as you can imagine, this is just the start; there’s still a lot of learning to be done out on the job to really enhance and refine your skills. We also offer further progression courses such as our auto locksmith training course, or our access control course to further your knowledge. This means you can start to earn some money from the very beginning, so you don’t have to worry about falling behind with any essential outgoings you might have.
Here are a number of ways in which our past students have been able to find work when starting out as a self employed locksmith:
- approaching local police forces who require non-destructive entry assistance
- speaking to national reactive locksmith companies who are actively looking for subcontractors
- mailshots and local advertising campaigns to encourage homeowners to undertake security upgrades
- taking on warrant work through a number of national warrant organisations
The Locksmithing trade has so much to offer in terms of skills, salary and potential, and there couldn’t be a better time to think about starting your career as a Locksmith than in 2018.
Is Locksmithing Right For You
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A GOOD LOCKSMITH?
If you are thinking about becoming a locksmith then there are few skills that you should have, or at least be aware that you need to improve on.
- Practical skills
- Good levels of customer care and focus
- Attention to detail
- Problem solving
If you have these skills, then you are already best placed to become a locksmith.
THE DECISION BETWEEN EMPLOYED OR SELF-EMPLOYED
The majority of students that we train choose to take the self-employed route of locksmithing. By taking the self-employed route you’re able to undertake a wide variety of work, including but not limited to:
- warrant and repossession work (often a good continuous source of work)
- work from local estate and letting agents who are looking for a local, reliable and knowledgeable locksmith service
- insurance companies (often dealing with break ins, burglaries and general repairs)
- police forces
- local authorities
Whilst the self employed route can be extremely lucrative, as with any new business it’s important that you’re prepared to be aggressive with your marketing and hunt for work when you first start out. Here at MPL we cover a wide range of marketing topics on our locksmith courses in order to give you the best possible start.
THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH BEING A LOCKSMITH
Unlike a number of other careers, there are some costs associated with working as a locksmith, which is a rather important consideration before choosing whether or not to pursue this career.
Firstly, there’s the cost of training and learning the skills to carry out your day to day jobs. This is a one-off cost, but you may need to pay for another training programme if you choose to become more specialise further on down the line.
Then there’s the cost of your tools and stock, from locks, hinges and handles, to lock picks, screwdrivers and chisels, to name a few. These form the base of your job and, without then, it’s impossible to be able to work as a locksmith. Make sure you have the financial backing to invest in the appropriate tools and stock before investing in training.
A particularly large cost is the vehicle you will need to head from one job to another, and that includes:
- The cost of the vehicle
- Tax, MOTs or servicing required
Having access to a vehicle is an imperative part of any successful locksmith’s job, so make sure you will be able to provide this for your own benefit.
You may also want to consider marketing or advertising, especially as a self-employed locksmith, which will help to promote your business and get your name out there. These promotional tactics can be costly at first, but the return on investment may well outgrow the cost.
KEY BUSINESS DECISIONS TO MAKE AS A SELF-EMPLOYED LOCKSMITH
Starting your own business as a locksmith can provide plenty of work and a well-earned salary year after year. Although it takes a lot more time and effort to succeed in, it’s well worth the investment once your business is successfully up and running.
If you’re thinking about pursuing a career as a self-employed locksmith, there are a number of factors to consider whilst building your business model:
- Is there a specific locksmithing niche in your area that hasn’t been exploited? For example, are crime rates high or is there a lot of development occurring in the region? Whilst there is a constant demand for locksmiths in all areas of the country to service the repair market, there can be great opportunities in further specialism such as auto or safe locksmith services.
- Will you cover a certain aspect of locksmithing or will you want to offer a variety of different services? With additional training, you could see yourself working on safes, car security and electronic key card locks, for example.
- Are you willing to offer a 24-hour service or would you rather limit yourself to more sociable hours? Bear in mind that you may have a few competitors in your local area who offer a 24-hour service.
- How do you plan on winning your first few customers and how will you grow your business over time? Having an in-depth plan in place will give your business a much bigger chance of succeeding than if you were to take it as it comes. We provide plenty of advice and guidance on how to market your business, as part of our locksmith training services.
Last but certainly not least, it takes plenty of desire, determination and ambition to make it as a successful locksmith, along with a friendly and approachable personality. If you’ve considered all of the above and think you have what it takes to pursue a career as a helpful professional in the field, why not get in touch with us and book your spot on one of our training courses?
Routes To Becoming A Locksmith
WHAT TRAINING DO YOU NEED TO BECOME A LOCKSMITH?
Much like a number of other careers, locksmiths are often trained with a combination of classroom learning and on the job experience. It is this combination of training and hands on practice that allows a locksmith to learn absolutely everything they need to be a success in their career.
There are a variety of things that you will need to learn during your locksmith training programme. The main topics include:
- Key identification
- Lock installation
- Key making
- Lock picking
- Residential and Commercial locks
- Automotive locks
- Security systems
By learning all of these key topics, a trainee locksmith can have all the required skills to be one step closer to their career of choice.
IS THERE A NATIONALLY RECOGNISED QUALIFICATION AVAILABLE?
There are no legal requirements to practise as a locksmith within the UK, however getting accredited with a scheme such as City & Guilds, who only allow centres with the best training standards to offer their qualification which is recognised across the world and backed by a Royal Charter, will be helpful in showing the level of your skills to either potential employers or customers.
We would absolutely recommend taking part in a training course before offering your service to potential customers, as this will help you to build a solid reputation for doing a good job.