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Do you like fixing stuff? Do you work better in an independent environment? Opening an appliance repair business can be a great way for your to use your skills and assets to be your own boss.

Some benefits to working for yourself are that you can enjoy a flexible schedule, you get the freedom to make decisions and you can make more money.

An appliance repair business may be cheap to start, but that does not mean that you can't make good money doing it. This field can be extremely profitable for repair people who are reliable and do great work.

For some aspects of this work, you will need to learn specialized skills if you don't know them already. The better skilled you are, the more jobs you can take on, and you can generally complete jobs faster.

This ultimately means that you can earn more money. You can also run a successful repair business right out of your home, and you don't have to incur the expense of hiring employees. You can get training at home through Fred's Appliance Program, Penn Foster Career School or Bay State School of Technology.

The Quick-Start Way to Get Started in Appliance Repair

Want expert advice? Appliance Repairman Robert Hanley Sr. has 30+ years of field experience. Having operated a repair business successfully, he is now helping others do the same.

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Equipment Needed:

Some of the tools and equipment that you may need for your business include: hand trucks, heat guns, leak detectors, temperature testers, thermometers, tube working tools, vacuum gauges and pumps, welding and soldering or brazing equipment.

Where to Find Customers:

To get your first customers, get your business listed in your neighborhood yellow pages. You can also advertise in local directories online. There are also several contractor networks on the internet where you can advertise your services and pay only when you receive customer leads.

Two popular and highly visited networks are MiNeeds and Merchant Circle. And don't forget landlords and apartment building managers - these contacts sometimes have multiple properties and can provide you with a truckload of jobs.

Offering a warranty on your work or providing 24-hour emergency repair services ways you can increase the number of customers who will call you. If you get specialized training in commercial kitchen equipment, you can also market your services to businesses like restaurants with commercial cooking appliances.

Create Your Own Marketing Materials:

Once you have completed a few jobs, your opportunities for repeat business and referrals grows. Make sure you have business cards that you can leave with customers. You can get free business cards through Vistaprint.

If you work on a variety of different appliances, it may be worthwhile to create a simple brochure explaining your services and the benefits to working with you. You can save money by using online design tools that provide professional design templates and print the materials for you. See also Design Your Own Logo.

Submit Your Website to Search Engines

If your business has a website, it's important to get listed in the search engines, because that is where most shoppers start looking for products and services. There are several ways you can do this, and it doesn't have to cost a lot of money. In fact, you can submit your site for free. Submit Your Website.

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