I am looking for a bit of constructive advice about starting my own CM business. I currently work for a CM consultancy in the UK. I have operated in this line of employment for almost 16 years and have a little bit of understanding behind me.
In the past and recently I have done the odd bit of vibration analysis for friends and friends of friends. I have always viewed this work as a favour or sometimes it operates on the barter system.
Lately I have been approached by a maintenance manager of a food processing plant regarding some vibration analysis work he requires doing on his plant. There are about 70 machines requiring survey's (monthly). Most of these are standard motor/pump assemblies and axial flow fans. Further to this I have also been approached by large sailing club, who require someone to analyze their diesel engines/pumps and whatever nautical equipment my present itself for vibration analysis.
At present my requests have only been for vibration analysis/balancing. Just as well as I do not own any other equipment for CM i.e Thermography etc. However the people I am in contact with do not have the vast amounts of cash to pay the people I work for, hence this opening to do my own bit of work has presented itself to me.
I am fully trained by IRD, in balancing, VT1, VA1&VA2. I am also level 2 thermography trained by FLIR.
The thing I lack is the understanding and requirements needed to carryout the aforementioned work on my own as a small business and in my spare time.
Does anyone out there have any knowledge of such a scenario or the requirements for setting up and advertising my services.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.