Once I got my stick welder, I posted an ad on craigslist in the "Skilled Trade Services" to see if I could find some side work welding, HERE is the ad. I have not been renewing the ad every 2 days like it allows you to, more like every 4-5 days; although, I have gotten 3 jobs since I started to post it a few weeks ago. The first were some repairs on a skid steer, the next was making certain wooden wheels fit onto a horse drawn carriage since the original where broken, and today I was supposed to do some small repairs on an f350 dump truck, a brush hog, and a finish mower for a guy. I was supposed to be at his house this morning at 9 o'clock, but due to rain I had to cancel, I am going to do it another day.
After my costs, my profit was $53 an hour the first job, $68 an hour the next job, and the one I was going to do today I plan to be about $60 an hour. I think doing this part time more would be good, as long as my profits stay where they are.
Right now, I am loosing business because I either have to bring the work back to my house, or they have to have a 220V outlet there I can use. My plan, is to set up a welding trailer. I already have a trailer, and already have a utility body that should be perfect to put on the trailer. I would set-up a welding truck, but then I have to pay for maintenance, registration, and insurance of having another truck on the road. With a trailer, the cost would be much less.
Here is the trailer I plan to use. This trailer also sits very low, which is good.
This is the body I want to use. It is currently on the service truck my Dad used for the Tire Business. We are going to sell the truck soon, and as long as the measurements work with the trailer I have I am going to use it. The only problem is that the floor in it is completely rotted out and not usable. The good thing, is that I already have a piece of diamond plate sheet metal cut to size for this.
The deck of the trailer is longer then the body, which will give me some room up front. I am going to get an engine driven welder and put it on the front of the trailer once I save up enough money to get one. The welding supply store I go to leases Miller Bobcat 250 welders for $83 a month, and I was going to do that... but they don't do it anymore. There is another supply store local, I am going to see if they lease welders.
I have been asked by many people if I had a business card, and I did not. So, yesterday I ordered 250 of them for $10. Here is what I came up with, the background was one that the site had. I thought about it for quite a while, making sure I had everything on there... but I forgot to put that I am certified.