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Frequently Asked Questions

  Q. What makes video such a valuable media?
A. The Locksmith business is very hard to convey in a written text format. You need to see it being done. It is a lot easier to learn any skill of a technical nature be it watch repair, gun repair, guitar playing or locksmithing. It really makes no difference. Video is by far better. You would ask how have you come to this conclusion? Over the last 12 years we have heard from hundreds if not thousands of individuals who have tried to learn these skills out of a book. All of them, without exception have told us the same thing.” I just can't put all the pieces together”. In the 20th century textbooks were just about all that was available. We are now in a completely different generation and things are changing rapidly. We even elect presidents based on digital media. Today's technology can be used in a very positive way if applied properly.

Q. Do you have financing for any of your three complete courses?
A. We have Financing for all three of our full courses, The Basic course, Advanced course and the Advanced Plus with tools course. You will find this information at the bottom of the course description page.

Q. Is your locksmith training programs adequate to train our maintenance personnel to maintain the locks in our own facilities and or become self employed?

A. Yes, we started producing locksmith instructional media in 2000. In the last 12 years we have had hundreds if not thousands of Individuals, School districts, Government agencies, and Property management companies purchase our products for this purpose. Our locksmith training program is updated yearly to accommodate any new technologies available to our industry.

Q. How long would it take an individual to become proficient in the field of locksmithing?
A. It has been my experience; if a person has the proper skills it does not take long for one to be proficient in this field.

Q. What Licenses do I need?
A. Each state or country has its own requirements. You need to contact the city you live in and apply for a locksmith business License. If your intent is to become self-employed. They will inform you of what your location might require if anything. That's all there is to it. Some city's require a background investigation and some do not. Some require a contractors License and some do not. Some require a state License as well as a business License and certain insurance requirements and some do not. They are more concerned about your criminal history, licenses fees and taxes. Upon requesting a business license application packet, everything your city or state requires will be listed. If you need help with understanding what is in the package I would be more than happy to help you.

Q. What will we need to purchase tools and supplies.
A. If you choose to purchase the Basic course or Advanced course included is our inventory tool and supply list which includes suppliers.

Q. How much money do you need and what would my income potential be?
A. As little as $1,500.00 and as much as $5,700.00 this is a hard question to answer. I can only share with you my personal experience. I started with $4,000.00 which I used to build out my van and purchase tools and inventory leaving virtually no operating capitol and still was able to bring in over $3,000.00 my first month in business. I have known other Locksmiths to start out with much less and still do very well. Your income potential is determined by you ability to market your business not so much as how good of a locksmith you are. I have seen just an "ok Locksmith" make upwards of $10,000.00 in a month. It really is all about good marketing, big accounts, and your willingness to give good service to your customers. Always remember honesty, courtesy and integrity is always the best rule.

Q. How much money do you believe our company could save by doing our own in house locksmithing and what tools would we need to purchase?
A. Then again, this is a very hard question to answer. On the average, locksmiths charge anywhere from $100.00 to $150.00 per hour. Depending on the services requested. Most of the outside contractors as a rule do not figure jobs based upon an hourly rate. They usually price them by the peace. Through my course I described this process in depth. here is a short example:
Let's say you are called out to Rekey a property, which has 10 doors. Depending upon the area in which you live your pricing structure may vary. In my manual we discuss pricing and how to figure out what to charge, but for now let's use these figures.

Service call: $75.00
10 Locks Rekeyed: 10 X $10.50 = $105.00
25 Keys: 25 x $2.75Ea. = $68.75
Your total invoice minus sales tax would be $248.75

The cost to you of your 25 Key blanks would be around $2.10. As you can see the profit margin per invoice is huge the main reason for figuring your prices by the peace is that this job should have taken you less than one hour. The key to making money in the locksmith industry is speed. The faster you are the more money per hour you will make.
I personally know locksmith's that are so proficient that they will do a job, go eat lunch and then come back and write the invoice.
I recall a customer that said to me once, man you were here only 30 minutes and this invoice is outrageous. I said to him why are you penalizing me for being good at what I do. I have been doing this for years and am extremely fast and proficient. Look at it this way at least you didn't have to sit in your hot car waiting for me to finish.
I don't encourage you to say such a thing, I was very young and a little arrogant. not really realizing that I was about to cost myself a good account. Sometimes it is knowing what not to do that makes you successful.

So I think the answer to this question can cover two birds with one stone. To the company owner train your maintenance department so the $248.75 invoice will only cost your company the hourly rate you are paying your maintenance man. If you use an outside locksmith understand that if he is fast and proficient you can rest assured you have a first-class locksmith.
In regards to tools; With the exception of a few specific specialized tools your maintenance department already has 90% of them.

Q. What support do you offer?
A. Whether you have or have not purchased our instructional media you may call me at 1-702-558-9012 for help between 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Saturday pacific standard time. I would be glad to help you. I am a locksmith with 39 years experience in the locksmith industry. If you have purchased our locksmith training program here is an example of the technical support that is available to you as long as you need it.

Example: let's say you are on a job and you come across a locking device that you have never seen before. Simply take your Cell phone and take a digital picture of the lock and texted to my phone, call me and I will walk you through fixing it. This service is available to you and your employees.

Q. What is your Return and or cancellation policy ?
A. Because of the ease in which DVD's and Video CD's can be copied all sales are final, I am only able to offer a DVD or CD replacement policy.

Q. Do you ship overseas or to APO and or military installation addresses ?
A. Yes, however once our product is delivered to the U.S. Postal Service delivery times are out of our control.
If it is a APO address you will need to call me to make arrangements.

Q. How can I be assured of a quality of your instructional videos?
We have a demo video which shows a short clip from each of our Courses. There is a new saying? "A Video is worth a billion photos". I have always been a hands on kind of guy, Show me and I can do it. Give me a book and tell me to read this and do it, well that's another story. You may also click a link on the right column of this page and watch our demos now.
Some of us are textbook kind of guys. This is why we have included an extensive workbook and manual that accompanies our courses on DVD. Our manual and workbook was written by me personally and it is not a reproduction of an old 1960 manual or a edited textbooks that you can purchase on Amazon for $39.00. My goal is to get you up and running and making money as soon as possible.
If you are serious about wanting to make a change then take the time and pick up the phone and call me and we can discuss your situation and the best way to make it happen.

Q. What format are your DVD,s?
A. They are DVD-R.

Q. Is locksmithsvideoschool.com a school or a postsecondary educational provider?
A. No.


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