The Joys of Being a Locksmith
My last diary post was a bit of a moan so this time I’d like to share the positive aspects of being a Locksmith with you. There are plenty of positives to mention!
When I decided to become a locksmith I really wasn’t sure what it would be like. Over the years I have had highs and lows and joys and woes! There are just some things about being a locksmith which are priceless.
The Buzz of a Challenge
Life as mobile locksmith is undeniably challenging. Each job presents its own unique set of circumstances and problems to be addressed. I really enjoy this aspect of being a locksmith, no day is the same, no job is the same. I get a kick out of getting to the bottom of things and solving problems with locks that seem impossible. There are straight forward jobs but a lot of the jobs require careful consideration and problem solving. My day is never boring or uneventful.
The unpredictable nature of the job is what keeps me motivated.
Securing work is another challenge! If anyone wants to find a locksmith in my area they will find that they are spoilt for choice. There are so many locksmiths operating in North London that the competition is tough. This can be difficult as mentioned in my last diary post A Local Locksmith Telling Tales which tells of how a chain of locksmiths in my area resort to dishonest measures to secure work. However this really spurs me on to offer an outstanding service in every aspect of my business. I am proud of IKS Locksmiths and there is no compromise when it comes to workmanship and customer service. Being an approved member of the Master Locksmith Association I keep up to date with the latest industry developments and I can say with confidence that thorough my experience and dedication I am an expert in my specialist field.
I am a self confessed people person and I love meeting new people. As a North London locksmith I get to meet so many different people from all walks of life. I’ve done work for families, eccentric individuals, celebrities (DJS, Actors, Models, Popstars, Sports Personalities), and some really interesting and lovely people. I have worked in some amazing properties. It is quite eye opening to see that range of lifestyles in North London. Of course I do come across some unfriendly people (like the lady who didn’t want to pay because she said her husband doesn’t even get paid that much per hour) but on the whole people are appreciative of the work that I do and I get some great feedback and appreciation. I really love this aspect of the job.
Perhaps the best part of being a locksmith is having the opportunity to help people to solve a problem and create a positive outcome. Every day I meet people in distress or in sticky situations. Those that are locked out in the cold, customers who are feeling unsafe and insecure in their home, those that need to protect the valuables they hold in their business or people that have a lock that isn’t working properly and is just really irritating them every day. To be able to help someone sort something that is causing distress or annoyance gives me a great personal boost. I feel privileged to be doing a job that can have such an impact on how people feel about a situation. When I look back at my original career choices they don’t even come close in this respect.
Being a locksmith isn’t suited to everyone but for me it’s right up my street. I’m so glad that I took to the plunge to change my career all those years ago. Read here to find out if you would be suited to a locksmith job. There are challenges with managing family and work life which I talk about here in my post about the work life balance of a locksmith.
If you are locked out or have another problem in North London and are looking for an MLA approved emergency locksmith in your area I would be delighted to assist. If you’re not in the North London area I would always recommend choosing your local MLA locksmith to ensure you are choosing a trustworthy and qualified locksmith company.
At IKS Locksmiths we supply and fit Locks, Grilles and Safes for commercial and residential properties. My next diary will be on how I manage the different product areas of my job as a locksmith. In the meantime all comments and questions are very welcome.
Martin (The North London Locksmith)