Owning your own electrical contracting business is worlds away from being an employee: the hands on work may look the same, but behind the scenes… well, there's a good reason it's behind the scenes.
Almost everyone is an employee before they are a boss. People who become business owners often do so because they love their profession and want more control; the action of running a business is an unfortunate consequence.
If the world were honest, business owners would tell you that running a company is like being a firefighter: racing around putting out fires. There is no solution to that problem because it's not a problem, it's the job description.
How can you make your workday easier? Tighten up your business practices by staying organised and minimising distractions so you can put those fires out properly.
Take note of these tips, they will make your day as a contractor so much easier. You'll save money, stress less and find more time to enjoy your hobbies and family.
We all know the single most effective way to prevent power failures and shortened equipment lifespan is by keeping moisture to a minimum, along with heat and oxygen. It's fair to say that most equipment failure and subsequent losses (time, resources, etc) could be mitigated, through routine insulation testing.
When it comes to improving testing standards, the process is often long and expensive. Because of this, many industry players focus on improving test and measure equipment, which means we have very advanced tools that can often be let down by outdated regulations.
It also means when we do see updates to international standards, it's a very good thing and often welcome. One example is the adoption of DFR (Dielectric Frequency Testing) over traditional PF (Power Factor) and DF (Dissipation Factor), over 25 years after it was first introduced.
As environmental awareness drives technology to new heights, the electricity industry is seeing its fair share of the disruption. Electric Vehicles are just one of the rising technologies that we need to adopt, yet it is one of the most pressing. For the purposes of this blog, when we say EV we mean a fully electric vehicle, not a hybrid of any sort.
Over the next few months we'll look at the different aspects of EVs, starting with the first one most of us will come across: Charging.
TL;DR: Equipment, legislation, knowledge, technology: these cornerstones to your income must be up-to-date and future ready. Are they? How much time do you spend on keeping up to date with current industry trends? Find out how to keep updated, what to ignore and when to make changes to your business based on what you learn.