We previously posted a set of trade tricks for seasoned pros, but what about those in the early stages of their careers? We’ve pulled together some helpful tips to getting off on the right foot and overcoming the first challenges thrown your way.

First timer

One of the biggest tests of this job is that you often work alone, which can be particularly difficult when you’re new to the industry with questions to ask. One easy solution is to attend extra manufacturer-led sessions. They not only offer the opportunity to continue learning, but are also a rare occasion when professional installers can get together, debate and share knowledge. Alternatively, if time is short, blogs, twitter, and forums are useful platforms to seek advice from those already in the trade.

Building your brand

An established customer base takes years to grow and as a newbie your brand may not be recognisable yet. However, a great way to raise awareness of your company among potential customers is by setting up a business profile on Facebook. Happy customers can also leave ratings or reviews to help boost enquiries and even repeat business. To make you more memorable to customers, consider getting a logo designed and printed on a few t-shirts and your van.

Trends change

Year on year customer demands and technologies evolve. So the units you learnt about during your apprenticeship will be very different to those you’ll likely deal with five years down the line. Stay ahead of the competition and keep up to date with the latest offerings by taking a few days out of the diary each year to attend exhibitions. Most events are free and showcase the newest technology from major manufacturers, meaning you can see products first hand while gathering expert advice.

For electric shower callouts

Our final top tip is to always carry a spare quick fit electric shower on the van. This way, if an emergency replacement is needed without warning, you will always be prepared. Look out for models with various fitting options and entry points that are suitable for most bathrooms. For example, our T80 Pro-Fit is an appropriate and thoroughly flexible electric solution, resulting in a neat finish over existing footprints.

What do experienced installers say?

We asked some of the experts in the industry what advice they would offer to those starting out. See what they had to say in the videos below...

Got some advice of your own? We’d love to hear your thoughts - tag us in a comment @TritonShowers on Twitter or ‘Triton Showers’ on Facebook

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