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dness78

Hi all new to this forum. I am a newly qualified gas safe engineer and am finding it IMPOSSIBLE to get going in the industry ,have done a few bits and pieces , but no where near enough to pay off what ive spent , seems like the training centres are the only ones making big money by selling these courses full of empty promises , sorry to be negative guysbut any advice would be much appreciated
 
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newcastle phill

It is true. And to have a go yourself you need 1000s for tools and transport etc
 

jtsplumbing

Plumber
Gas Engineer
Hi & welcome, when you say newly qualified do you mean you have done the gas course at collage or are you now registered with Gas Safe ?? cos if not then get ready to put your hands in your pocket again for more paying out. Getting started will depend on where you are and how much completion you have in your area, its a hard slog, some people do very well very quick, the majority struggle to make a living
 
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ribtickler

hi mate,

well done on the acs, my advice would be to register with some sites like my hammer, rated people etc and start doing some gas work for very little profit or loss leaders if you will.
i joined a site a few months ago and did work for next to no profit for a month and now i do very well out of them. i also work for a firm so use the sites to supplement my evenings and weekends as i do plan to go fully self employed in the coming years but you need to have customers to go self employed and these sites help get your name out there.
hope this helps

john
 

kris

Plumber
Gas Engineer
Its not easy starting out when you've less experience in the field. Do u do plumbing as well ?
 

jtsplumbing

Plumber
Gas Engineer
hi mate,

well done on the acs, my advice would be to register with some sites like my hammer, rated people etc and start doing some gas work for very little profit or loss leaders if you will.
i joined a site a few months ago and did work for next to no profit for a month and now i do very well out of them. i also work for a firm so use the sites to supplement my evenings and weekends as i do plan to go fully self employed in the coming years but you need to have customers to go self employed and these sites help get your name out there.
hope this helps

john
But will they take him on if he is NOT gas safe registered ??
 
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dness78

Hi all and thanks for helpful replies , in answer to questions , yes i am on the gas safe register thing is im 45 and thinking to myself is it possible / worth it ?
 

jtsplumbing

Plumber
Gas Engineer
Hi all and thanks for helpful replies , in answer to questions , yes i am on the gas safe register thing is im 45 and thinking to myself is it possible / worth it ?
Well you've made it this far ! don't give up now, its taken time & money don't throw it away, as your GS registered that will make things easer, take it you have your own Reg number ? or are you down as a operative working for someone else, this will limit you a little, if you have your own number you can sign up with no end of agency's and gain more experience + build up some contacts, at 45 you still have 25 to go, don't expect to earn a fortune , but you will make a living out of it, Good luck.
 
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lame plumber

like everything it takes time to build a client base and get off the bottom rung. Too late now but starting in plumbing to gain some knowledge then moving to gas would have helped, but local advertising mags was all I used along with wom. paying out to web advertisers is a bit pointles imho if you are competing with others who have more experience and are willing to drop prices, it all becomes a race to the bottom.

However starting small and getting by with doing any job be it painting even will get you known. You wont have knowledge of servicing or breakdowns to be able to go for that side. Installations are your main option, but getting it right is still an issue! To get round your lack of knowledge you need some mentors to advize you, if you can find some to hook up with.

You can make it, but it is hard work, best done slowly and with help... I started in my 40s still going .. just but have specialized in areas others prefer to avoid to survive
 

hammers4spanner

Plumber
Gas Engineer
Welcometo the world of gas where the going rate on contract for llsc is £18 for three appliances and must do 10 a day .

More money in plastering !!!
 
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dness78

Thanks , i am already plumbing but really struggling with knowledge of boiler breakdowns as that is where the money seems to be .any thoughts guys ? Books ? Courses?
 
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