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3 Fast and Easy Ways to Improve Your Electrical Business

[fa icon="calendar'] 14-Sep-2017 15:35:00 / by Toolbox Australia posted in Business Tips

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Running your own electrical business is incredibly rewarding – but it’s also hard work.

And it can be stressful if things aren’t going as well as you’d like. Maybe business is a bit slow and you’re struggling to make ends meet. Or maybe you’re working overtime and still finding it hard to keep up. Or maybe, things are going ok, but you’re ready to take it up a notch and start earning the big bucks.

If any of the above sound familiar, then read on. Here, we’ve compiled 3 quick and easy ways that sparkies everywhere can improve their electrical business.

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How to Fit Out Your Electrician Van

[fa icon="calendar'] 16-Aug-2017 14:48:16 / by Toolbox Australia posted in Business Tips, Tools

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As a sparky, getting your tools and equipment from A to B in one piece is a top priority.

That means you’ll not only need a sturdy and functional tool box or tool bag – you’ll also need a work van that’s customised to carry your precious cargo.

Decking out your van is a practical way to stay organised and keep your tools and equipment in order. You’ll always be able to find your favourite pair of pliers or that drill bit you need to get the job done. You can opt for a standard van fit out, a shelving and accessory package designed specifically for electricians, or customise your own unique set up.

So, how do you decide which is the best option for you? Here are a few important things to consider to make sure the end result is a perfect match.

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5 Essential Rules Every Good Electrician Lives By

[fa icon="calendar'] 21-Jul-2017 14:02:30 / by Toolbox Australia posted in Business Tips, Tools

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Whether you’re new on the scene or a seasoned professional, there are a few basic rules that every electrician should live by.

The rules are simple, but they’ll help you work smarter, faster and safer – and improve the quality of your workmanship too.

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Aussie Electricians Vote for their Favourite Pliers

[fa icon="calendar'] 11-Jul-2017 14:28:21 / by Toolbox Australia posted in Tools

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Australia's electricians have voted for their favourite electrician's pliers....

These are the results of a recent facebook poll for electricians to vote for their favourite brand of pliers.

The results of the voting is based on a total of 500 FB votes and is shown on the graph below. These were the 5 brands given as options, but people also voted for Wiha and Knipex  (4 votes each).

The results, in order, were:

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5 of the Most Useful Hand Tools for Electricians

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-Jul-2017 12:09:40 / by Toolbox Australia posted in Business Tips

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As all good electricians know, to do the job right, you need the right tools – that’s why having a well-stocked tool box is a must. And whether you’re just starting out, or have been in the business for years, a reliable set of hand tools is essential.

Getting the basics right is the first step – but with the massive range of hand tools available, how do you narrow it down so you always have the right ones on hand? It can be a tad overwhelming - so to help you get started, we’ve put together a list of 5 basic, but very useful, hand tools that every serious electrician needs.

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Attention Electricians: How to Make the Most of the Small Business Tax Break

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Jun-2017 14:06:01 / by Toolbox Australia posted in Business Tips

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With the end of financial year fast approaching, many sparkies are making some last-minute business purchases on tools and equipment, so they can include them in their 2016/2017 tax assessment.

And why not? With the $20,000 tax break available for small businesses, it’s the ideal time to stock up on your tools of trade.

If you haven’t heard about the small business depreciation and offset rules that have been in effect since 2015, it’s high time you had a word with your accountant! But in the meantime, here’s a rundown of what they mean to your electrical business.

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Best Accounting Software for Electricians

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-Jun-2017 12:32:44 / by Toolbox Australia posted in Business Tips

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When you run your own electrical trade business, there’s a lot more to it than just turning up to the job site and putting in a days’ work.

You also need to market your business to drum up more customers, quote new jobs when the phone rings, and then find time to keep on top of all the paperwork. Does this sound familiar?

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Van vs. Ute – Which is the Best Choice for Electricians?

[fa icon="calendar'] 23-May-2017 15:36:33 / by Toolbox Australia posted in Business Tips

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If you’re in the market for a new work vehicle, the big question is, will it be a ute or van?

These days, there’s a huge selection to choose from, so you need to look closely at the features of each and measure those against what’s most important to you. Do you need weather protection for your tools? A van will keep your equipment out of the elements. Want to keep your cargo separate from your passengers? A ute does the trick.

Here we’ll discuss the pros and cons of vans vs utes to help you make the right call. 

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How to Hire the Best Electrical Apprentice

[fa icon="calendar'] 16-May-2017 15:19:15 / by Toolbox Australia posted in Business Tips

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When it comes to hiring an apprentice, you want to be sure they’re a good match for your business, are committed to an electrical career, and are ready to take on whatever the job requires. So how do you find the right person?

Here, we share our top tips on what to look for in an apprentice, where to find them, and what your options are when it comes to hiring. 

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End of Financial Year Tax Tips for Electricians

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-May-2017 09:43:11 / by Toolbox Australia posted in Business Tips

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If you’re like most electricians, you’re probably not too thrilled about the prospect of doing your tax return. But the good news is, doing your tax is not the major hassle it used to be. There are excellent online resources and tools available, and they’ve been designed to make tax time less of a headache.

There are also plenty of things you can do long before you start your tax that will make the job so much easier. Here’s our top end-of-financial-year tips to help electricians minimise their tax.

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