What if you could make $100,000 a year welding from home?
What if you could make even an extra $500 a month from home, using your current skills? If you are a welder with basic welding skills and you are between jobs or you are being under paid in your current job, it might be worth your time to read this article - let's think outside the box for just a minute on how you can make money welding from home.
From Home Welding # 1:
Teaching or tutoring any skill is a very profitable business. In any town of any size you'll see at least one tutoring business in a strip mall brick and mortar location. In that same town will be at least a dozen other tutors working from home, making good money.
Yes, most of the time they are tutoring math and reading to students. Lean back and think about what skills you have that can also be used in a tutoring business you can set up and milk cash from, like milk from a cow.
Let's say you are good enough with TIG to weld razor blades or pop can butts.
If you can teach a non welder to operate a TIG torch good enough to go on and practice on their own at their home in about 3 hours of your hands on theirs - they will pay up to $100 an hour for 3 hours of TIG instruction. Just 2 students a day would bring you $100,000 a year. If you think I'm kidding I'm NOT! There are many reasons why education is so valuable - and that includes intense, focused tutoring in welding.
6G pipe welding is the highest paid of all welding certifications - most 6G welders make $100k to $300k a year - and demand is crazy. However, if you are a 6G welder and you want to stay home, you can set up and teach 6G in your garage. Let's say you do this with 7 students, each paying you $10,000 for a 3 month course. Yes, they will pay it - especially if you show them how they will have more time with your hand on theirs (the #1 secret to learning 6G fast).
From Home Welding # 2:
I was in Palm Springs the other day. I have been in and around the trades for 30 years... and when you see a tradesman's truck and it is late model without dents or many scratches, clean, organized and well equipped, it means (99% of the time) that guy is making money.
I pulled up to a light behind just such a truck - "Joe's BBQ Service and Repair." That's it - that is all Joe does. He will weld cast aluminum or steel. He'll clean and polish. He'll replace a burner or a control. OR he'll buy your old unit and sell / or sell you a new one.
Yes, you need a town with a lot of high end BBQs. Other than that, go get it.
From Home Welding # 3:
Large steel cut outs. In art of all kinds, size matters. For example, 20 years ago we purchased two 4' long coat racks - each is a piece of 1.5" x 1.5" x 1/8" angle 4' long with 6 horse shoes welded to the angle to hang the coats.
On the horizontal surface of the angle is welded a scene made of 7 horse and 7 tree cut-outs. We paid $185 for each of these 20 years ago... that would be about $300 a piece in today's dollars.
The problem with you making these is that the 14 cut outs on each unit are too small too many to cut by hand - you need a computerized plasma table to make these.
Here is where the magic of size makes all the difference.
The artist who drew the cut outs on our coat rack was good. Each of the 7 horses is different and beautiful, as well as the trees. Any - or all of these - cut outs can be scaled up with chalk onto a sheet of say 4' x 8' x 3/16" steel. Now, all you need is a plasma or an oxy torch to create the large version.
What would a horse cut from a 4' x 8' sheet sell for?
$300 to $700. It would depend on where you are and how you market it. Marketing is a large part of any business. Good marketing is not hard - you can do it.
You can see, if you could get a "business pipe" full of inventory and sales and you were delivering 2 horses a day, you could easily make $100k. The other major opportunity with big cut outs is gates. The key to all of this stuff in the art category is beautiful line drawings. If you are not an artist, hire one on the condition that they sign the copyright to you.
There are endless ideas to utilize even your most basic welding skills from home to make an excellent living or just extra money. The trick is:
Find what will work best for you.
Write out a simple plan of attack. Don't put the cart before the horse. Many small businesses fail because the owner gets all wrapped up in the details and loses site of what is important. Here is what is important: Don't spend money - MAKE MONEY!
The first rule of business is to GET NOTICED. That is also the end goal of all marketing - once you have enough eyeballs on you, you will succeed. The common mistake is to leave marketing for last while concentrating on every little rule and piece of paper. A business license will do you no good if you don't make money! Save your money and get it (if you really need one) when you make some money. Towns and cities will simply say, "do you have a business license?" When they ask, say: "I'm getting one now."
You are blessed to live in a country where you can go from nothing to something in a hurry. However, to get anywhere in a hurry requires running hard. You'll never regret it.
What should you do next?