(Remember that for round parts, multiply the diameter by 3.14) This should be very worthwhile for you if you get the job.
It’s an option when you complete your welding program and get some experience.
An estimated 7 percent of the welding workforce is self-employed.
Then, Along with a business card, drop off a small sample weld.
(Be creative here) I knew a guy who would weld single edge razor blades together as his calling card. Another idea is welding some beer or coke cans together like in the pic above. Leaving your business card does not work if it gets forgotten or tossed. When orders come in for intricate parts made from expensive materials and with thousands of dollars of machining required, They will gladly give you the welding work to keep their jack leg welder from screwing the parts up.
I believe they are the best value out there and one of the best tig/stick welders made.
For a Great Mig welder, Again…shop Ebay for a used Millermatic 250 or 251. But if you find one that is like new for 00, thats not a bad deal either.1/05/12 update**** I just got hold of a brand new Hobart Iron Man 230 along with spool gun.If you get involved with any food beverage stainless steel work, you will need a stainless steel table, You can get one at Sams.Here are some more random but valuable tips for starting a welding business: Tig rods…you need a few pounds each of E70S2 mild steel rod, ER308 stainless steel rod, and 4043 aluminum rod. You might even want to have some .030” stainless on hand for precision.One of the biggest stumbling blocks for starting a welding business is how to price jobs. Something Like around 30 bucks even for a 5 minute job.Maybe even Make a big sign that states MINIMUM FEE FOR A JOB IS 30 BUCKS NO MATTER WHAT. You need something to cull out nuisance jobs like cracked decks on a 50 dollar lawn mower for your brother in law.That is the beautiful thing about working for small machine shops.They buy the material and supply labor for machining. You only have to figure the labor and you don’t have to take on the risk of buying material and then have to wait to get paid.You will still have to wait on payment buy you only risk your time, not money and time.For tig welding start out at least one dollar per inch of weld plus a dollar per tack weld.For example for 6 inch schedule 40 pipe, it might take 3 passes. For example, some stainless steel parts might require shielding gas on the back side thereby slowing you down a bit and costing you more on Argon.For a great Tig Welder, my advice would be shop Ebay for a good used Miller Syncrowave 250.