Well in the last week my mother has been helping me start a welding business. Just a couple days ago I got an email notification that my business application was approved by the state of PA and that I would be receiving paper copies of my sales tax license and business license in the mail with in 7-10 days. Very excited about this. (This is not my first time owning a business, I owned/operated a computer repair and sales shop out of my house a few years back and did really well for myself.) My in-laws just finished building a large 2-bay garage and gave me the green-light to use 1/2 of the garage as my workshop/place of business. Hooray for free work space. So, since my business application was approved and my mother and I now officially own a business, "George's Welding & Repair," we applied for a lease of a PowerTIG 250EX, PowerCool W300 Water cooler, the USA-Made foot pedal, the 25f. WP20 torch, and a Strongman welding helmet(Everlast is out of the Fabricator model), and thanks to Oleg for the great price quote he gave us. We received notice that our lease could only be approved with a cosigner since our business effectively has NO credit. We've gotten a couple people to agree to cosign for us so we will be faxing in that paperwork on Monday morning to try and get this ball rolling again. I guess I just wanted to tell my hopeful story so that people could wish us luck in our new business venture, and hopefully our lease will be approved and I will be able to start posting pictures of the jobs I will be doing very soon!
Also, there are a small handful of welding shops around my area but given this fact, I still think that I will be able to easily get business. Half of the welding shops in my area only take on large welding projects for other companies and flat out refuse to do any work for individuals, and the other half of them that will take on small welding jobs either don't have the equipment to weld aluminum or they just refuse to do it. I built a Turbo-Charged Dodge Shadow back in 2006 and I needed to have a custom intake manifold welded up and none of the shops in my area would take on the project. I did all the fabrication work myself, even properly prepped the parts so all that needed done was the welding itself. I ended up having to send the parts of the manifold to a friend in Texas that welded it up for me and sent it back. This is the niche that I am looking to fill with my welding shop. Small projects for individuals, aluminum work, and other repair work.
Also, please note, I do know my skill-set and I am well aware of my own limitations when it comes to my welding skills. I will NOT be taking on any projects where there is a possibility of somebody getting hurt or injured should my welds fail. I am very confident in my welding skills but I will refuse any jobs that might result in an injury or death should something go wrong with my welds. While I know that this will limit some of the jobs I am able to take, I'd rather be safe than sorry, and I don't want to see anybody get hurt and I definitely do not want to be sued.