How to become a self-employed Electrician

Are you thinking about becoming a self-employed electrician? Well, you are in the right place! We have put together this useful resource to help you understand exactly what you need to consider when going self-employed. We have covered:

  • Qualifications required
  • Benefits of going self-employed
  • Finding work
  • How Futurelink Group can help

Having worked in the industry for over 18 years, we are experts in contractor payroll and accountancy services. Our dedicated team have helped thousands of contractors to get paid in the quickest most efficient way possible. Call us today on +44 (0)1923 277 900 to see how we can help you get your career started as a self-employed electrician.

What qualifications will you need?

Working as an electrician requires a certain skill level, so it’s not something you can do without having undertaken the necessary qualifications – electricity is dangerous and the last thing you want to do is put yourself or others in danger.

One of the most common and practical approaches to becoming a qualified electrician is to undertake an apprenticeship. The reason for this is that you can earn a living whilst learning the skills required to help you reach your target of becoming a self-employed electrician.

Apprenticeships can vary in duration according to where you undertake them, and of course whether or not your skills have developed to the required standard. That being said, most electrical apprenticeships tend to take between three and four years to complete and during this time your training will cover a wide range of facets of the job, including how to handle electricity safely and install a variety of electrical components.

A great place to start searching for apprenticeships is to contact local colleges in your area. They’ll be able to tell you if they offer what you are looking for or if another institution would be better suited to your needs. Most apprenticeships require GCSE grades of a C or above in Maths, English and Science, so make sure you find out what the registration requirements are.

The benefits of going self-employed

The life of a self-employed person is extremely appealing, and it’s no wonder that many people opt to take the route when they can take home more money than a permanent employee in the same position. We have constructed an easy to use compensation calculator that can give you an estimate of your take home pay in a matter of seconds. Just enter your predicted gross income and expenditure, it really is as easy as that.

Another key benefit of going self-employed is the increased freedom and flexibility of being your own boss. You get to choose what hours you work and gone are the days when you need to worry about asking your boss to approve your latest holiday request!

Finding work as a self-employed electrician

Building a strong client base is vital for any self-employed professional; unfortunately it isn’t something that just happens overnight. That being said, there are a number of things that you can to do to get your name out there, and you don’t have to be a sales & marketing expert to do them!

  • Build a website – one of the first places that people go to find a new service is the internet, which is exactly why it is vital that you establish some form of online presence. A professional website doesn’t have to break the bank; there are many affordable freelancers that can put something together for you. Just remember to include a bit of information about who you are and what you do. Also, if you can add some customer testimonials it will convey to visitors that you are trustworthy and carry out work to a high standard.
  • Advertise in local publications – A great way of targeting people in your local area is to place an advert in local publications. Make sure the advert clearly promotes your skills and is well designed. A poorly designed ad is only going to reflect badly on your services.
  • Talk to other tradesmen – Many tradesmen form good working relationships with each other and recommend any jobs that potentially become available. As a result, it’s good to call other tradesmen in the area and just introduce yourself. If they find themselves on a site that requires an electrician, you should be one of the first names that they think of.
  • Utilise social media – Social media can help spread the word about your services extremely quickly and it’s FREE! Create a business page and invite your current friends to like it and share your content.

How Futurelink Group can help

Once you have started your career as a self-employed electrician you will need to think about how you are going to be paid. There are a number of different options and we have a range of comprehensive solutions that can help you to make the decision that is right for you.

Sole Trader

As a start-up with a limited income, it would likely be that our sole trader solution would be the best fit for you. We’ll help you to reap the benefits of being self-employed without having to bear the burden of all the paperwork that usually comes with it. All you need is a UTR number from HMRC and we can get you registered!

As a client of our sole trader solution, you will receive a dedicated payroll coordinator, access to our online portal, payment in the quickest most efficient way possible and much more.

Limited Company

Alternatively, you could choose to set up a limited company and register on our limited company solution. Limited companies are considered a great long-term solution and have many tax planning opportunities that aren’t necessarily available to sole traders. There is a little extra administration work, but no more than a few minutes per month, so if you meet the requirements it could be worth considering forming a limited company.

Our qualified accountants will get your company incorporated within 24 hours and take care of as much or as little of your accountancy needs as required. You’ll find a more comprehensive breakdown of what’s included on our limited company page.

It’s ok, if this all sounds a bit confusing, our expert team are always on hand to answer any questions that you have and will be able to ensure you are registered on the right solution. Simply call us on +44 (0)1923 277 900.

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