A locksmith will take on a variety of tasks during the average working day. While they do cut keys for new locks and existing ones, they will open locks as their most commonly undertaken task.
Choose what areas to specialize in
Home lockouts, vehicle lockouts, and residential installations are some categories. The one you choose determines your marketing efforts and the type of equipment you need. Consider working as a car locksmith either way, since this generates the most calls and income.
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Get locksmith training
You will need to undergo professional training. It is very important to choose an accredited course that is approved by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). SASSETA is another acronym to look out for. It stands for the Safety and Security Sector Training and Education Authority and it can provide information on learnerships and apprenticeships within the industry.
You can study for an accredited National Certificate in Locksmithing as approved by SAQA. Once you have successfully attained this certificate you can apply to join the Locksmith’s Association of South Africa (LASA) as a full member. You must also register with the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority.
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Purchase tools and supplies.
Whatever you do don’t just start buying random equipment without doing some research. Ask yourself these questions:
- What tools and equipment are other locksmiths in the area using?
- Is there any tooling and equipment I could buy to set me apart from the rest?
- Do I really need to buy these tools up front, or do I have enough to get started?
List of locksmith tools and supplies stores
Find a location.
You can work out of a home office or rent office space. Your office should have enough room to store equipment and a computer for handling billing, marketing and finances.
An ad in the Yellow Pages or local directory is essential, since people will often be looking for you when they are in an emergency and locked out of their car or home. Make sure you are listed on Google Places. Put ads in local and online newspapers.