A PAT tester is an important part of the work environment, but if you are considering going into PAT testing yourself then you may wonder how much money is in it. There are a number of ways that you can make your business as lucrative as possible.
What is PAT Testing?
PAT testing is the testing of portable appliances to make sure that it is safe to use. Employers have a duty of care towards their employees, so making sure that their equipment is safe to use is essential, both for their health and your business. Unsafe equipment could prevent injury and death, as well as your employees from suing you and seeking compensation.
Becoming a PAT Tester
Becoming a PAT tester requires sufficient knowledge and experience to make sure that injury is prevented. This should include adequate understanding and knowledge of electricity and experience of electrical work, an understanding of the hazards that might arise during the work and the necessary precautions. You can also take training courses on PAT testing too, which will help encourage trust from potential customers.
You should also have the right equipment. The right equipment will depend on the number of appliance tests that you’re going to carry out. PASS has a comprehensive guide to making sure that you have the right equipment for what you want to do. The best way to start is to buy a starter kit and build on it from there, depending on what type of tests you’re carrying out.
Making Money from PAT Testing
There has been a recent upsurge in the number of PAT testing companies in the market, which means that the prices that they charge have been driven down to keep ahead of the competition. Some have even argued that the prices are so low, it’s impossible to keep in business.
However, as the prices of PAT testing falls so does the standard of testing. This is where you come in. Marketing your services as quality, as value for money, will help you stand out a little from the crowd. You may lose customers, but those are the ones willing to take shortcuts for a cheaper price.
Be clear on your pricing system. Many companies will charge a small amount per item, but will add on hidden charges afterwards, and end up charging more because of it. If you’re clear and fair with your prices, then you’re more likely to get returning customers.