Air conditioners repairs, popularly known as AC repair business is a very lucrative business in Nigeria. This is unconnected to the increasing need to keep homes and offices cool and comfortable.
The demand for AC increases during the dry seasons and when the weather temperature is high. As such, the likeliness of making continuous money from this business is there.
Profitability Of The Business
AC business is the business for the tropics. It will continue to excel inasmuch as we continue to exist here. This is because we just can’t help but keep our rooms cool and comfortable.
Before you begin this business, however, basic practical knowledge of as well as training in AC operations is prerequisite.
This, you can do from a recognized A/C repair workshop. You can also learn the basics through other means by studying materials and watching documentaries.
It is an avenue for self-employment through which you can make regular daily incomes, repairing people’s Air conditioners (AC).
There are several aspects of air conditioners repairs in Nigeria, which you can choose to work on. For example, you can decide to go into internal and external installation and repair works.
Alternatively, you can decide to do AC maintenance and repair of works. These include, amongst others the following:
1. Central Air-Conditioners
2. Split-Unit Air conditioners
3. Window-Unit Air conditioners
4. Car-Air conditioners
5. Industrial Air conditioners
Getting Practical Training On AC Repairs In Nigeria
First, you need to acquire basic practical knowledge of how to repair Air conditioners. It is these basic technical skills that are required to start and run this business.
The best way to get this skill is to undergo an apprenticeship. Get someone who is a specialist on Air condition repair in your state to train you.
You need about one year to learn the basics of air conditioners repair skills. I advise that after your apprenticeship, stay on the job for about 2 years to gain experience and exposure before setting up your own business.
Other Ways To Learn AC Repairs In Nigeria
Although apprenticeship is the best way to learn AC repair business, you can always supplement this knowledge elsewhere.
Where you do not have the required fee or access to an AC repair shop, it could be nice to leverage on free knowledge on the Internet. This will give you a diversified view of AC repairs and maintenance.
I recommend YouTube.com for this, and some of the channels which teach this skill are listed below:
a. Firestone complete auto care: learn AC functionalities, repairs, troubleshooting and maintenance.
b. Mother Earth News: get tips on auto air conditioning and maintenance.
c. Ariazone: get automotive air conditioning training manuals
Business Plan & Feasibility Study
You need a functional business plan to run this business successfully. This will give you a sneak peek into:
1. The required starting and working capital for your AC Repair business
2. The cost of tools, equipment and where to get them cheaper
3. Your AC Repair business financial estimates – both long term & short term
4. Your for your AC Repair business’s mission statement and;
5. Your intended promotional or marketing strategies.
There is need to register your AC repair business in Nigeria in order to operate as a legal entity in Nigeria. The place to go is the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria (CAC). There, you will register your business name.
You can get the business register as an enterprise or an LLC (limited liability company). Need more information on how to go about business name registration in Nigeria? Please visit the CAC website or offices nationwide.
Basic AC Repair Tools and Equipment You Should Get
AC repair business is all about repairs and maintenance of air conditioners. As such, you will need to buy the required tools and equipment for the business.
AC tools and equipment include the following:
1. Complete tools box with the required set of spanners intact.
2. Fault detection scanners
4. Meter gauge
5. Refilling gases
6. Safety kit
8. Welding and soldering equipment
Without these AC repair tools and equipment, you cannot operate this business successfully. They help in making your job easy.
Renting A Workshop
Your workshop is where you will be carrying out your business from. This is where customers will bring you jobs. It can be a small (or large) shop, depending on your business scope.
As a matter of fact, you can run this business from home or by the roadside under a big tree shade. This comes to be where you lack the required capital to rent a shop in town. Although it comes with lots of limitations, it’s a good way to start if you are not financially buoyant.
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AC Repair Business Sustainability Strategies
Advertisement and Marketing
There are several ways of getting people to know about and patronize your business. one of such ways is by telling your friends, associates, and neighbors about your business.
With time, other people will also get to know about your business. But this method is not as effective as doing aggressive advertisement.
Alternative Aggressive Advertisement Methods
1. Get a functional mobile phone number and give it to every client that comes to your shop
2. Send effective emails to get new customers and sustain the old ones.
3. Print and distribute business card.
4. Make use of letter-headed papers for your business proposals and estimates.
5. Build a functional website to promote your business online.
6. Run online advertisements and promote your business on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The Challenges In This Business
Self-employment is never easy, and setting up an AC repair business is never easy too. It requires amongst other things, intensive marketing and creating of meaningful awareness before the newbie can gain meaningful patronage.
But if you keep persevering, you will, after some time, begin to get an influx of patronage from individuals and companies alike. With time, you may even have to recruit apprentices and staff to assist you.
How To Avoid Failure & Loss
One of the banes of business success is fraud and untrustworthy. So, if your business must succeed, you need to keep these and laziness off your business.
Maintain the integrity and charge customers moderate rates. Also, endure that offer your clients and customers quality services. With this, you continue to have return patronage coming to your business.
Promotion and Marketing
By now, you must have identified your clients and customers. So, upon production, you will simply contact them with your products’ catalog.
Ensure that your emblems and logos go with every one of your products. Also, advertise on all platforms to earn more patronage. You can run online ads, sponsor jingles on the radio and TV, distribute fliers and handbills etc.
This has been an effective blueprint for AC repair business in Nigeria. I have taken time to list and explain how to start and run this business successfully. It is my resolve that if you effectively implement the steps outlined here, you will make a good success.
Apart from the fact that you will make money, you will also be able to recruit and employ others. Wake up and make your dream of becoming an AC technician a reality today.
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