With the emergence of a bad economy many look for a way to make money. Online and off there are business training opportunities that teach about jobs you can start from home and with little upfront money. It has become common place to see these business opportunities teaching how to start a mobile locksmith company. This has led to a big surge in the amount of start-up locksmith companies that are operating.
Some of these companies can certainly be legit and the entrepreneurial spirit is part of the American spirit. At the same time, many of these companies are working without proper experience or know how. Some are operating without proper insurance or even a legitimate business license.
They often place flyers around town, ads in the local newspaper and the phone book. If they are a bit more savvy they may even have a website and web presence. The big problem with these operators are that since they do not have insurance and a proper business license and are operating out of a home or apartment, if something goes wrong it is not difficult for them to go invisible and simply set up shop under another company name and number.
Tips To Protect Yourself
When the service you called arrives, have them present to you their license. It is almost always required that this kind of business have a local license to be legally operating in your community. Ask them to show you evidence of their credentials. If the expert locksmith company is legit and has them he will be glad to show them to you as he will want you to be comfortable with the service he is about to perform.
If for any reason the locksmith hesitates or shows any reluctance, consider refusing to accept their services. You should also ask if they are insured. If a situation comes up where the locksmith knows he will do some damage to your property, he should know it before he begins the work. In this case he would discuss it with you first before moving forward with his task.
If you understand that your particular situation will result in some damage, then you can tell them to proceed. But if damage is expectantly done, then it is often the fault of the locksmith service and they could be held liable to cover the damage. If they are insured it is likely no problem to collect.
If when you call, the locksmith shows up in a 15 year old Lumina van and no visible business markings, then you should be greatly concerned about the legitimacy of this service provider. Locksmiths will want to be memorable. Therefore they always have their vehicles marked with their company name and details. This helps not only to identify them to the one getting the services, but to neighbors and passersby that might be in need of their services in the future.
Some states even require that the service provide their license number on their car. You should call to find out what the specific rules of your area are, but always make certain you are dealing with a provider that is operating with-in the law so that if something happens you have some recourse.
We all sometimes find we need to change a lock or get a locksmiths help to get into our home or automobile because we have forgotten or lost our keys. For this reason many of our friends and colleagues may be aware of a good locksmith in our area. If you need to have a lock changed, or need help getting into a car where you left the keys in the ignition, often it is those we have relationships with that can refer someone good to help us. Be sure to ask.
Often it is late and an emergency situation where we are in need of locksmith services. In this type of situation then Google is your friend. Do a search for local locksmiths and read the reviews you can find about those services. You can’t believe everything you read online, but if you find that the majority of reviews are good they probably are worth trying. If they have mostly negative reviews, then they are not likely the service you will want to use.