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Seggy T. Segaran
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4 July 2014
PAT testing as a business seems to be attractive to many people. Most people have come across it in their working life, it seems fairly easy to do and generates a reasonable income. It also has the added benefits of something that companies have to do (to meet their Health & Safety obligations) and has the possibility of repeat business every year. At the in-depth PAT course that we regularly run at First Stop Safety, we get many delegates intent on starting their own PAT testing business. On the course they learn all the technical skills necessary to provide the service to their customers. They also get a grounding on managing the system and the required paperwork. However there is more to running a successful PAT testing business than attending a course. A successful business needs to take many other things into consideration such as pricing, competition, marketing, customer service and the boring bits such as bookkeeping. What I have set out to do with this book is to provide a useful background to all these other activities which contribute to the success of any business. Most of this is based on 20 years of running my own business as well as many years of presenting the various PAT testing courses and listening to hundreds and thousands of delegates. Whilst it is possible to set up a PAT testing business that will generate thousands of pounds a month in income, this will need a lot of investment and employing many engineers to carry out the PAT testing service. This book is aimed more at individuals setting up a PAT testing business at a local level to generate a reasonable level of additional income. While reading this book is no guarantee of success, it will certainly help the budding entrepreneur to build a robust and successful business.

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: First Stop Safety (4 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956153720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956153722
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 14.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 251,891 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have worked in the electronic manufacturing sector for 32 years. In the first 5 years I worked as a design engineer, using the then newly available 4-bit microcontrollers. I was also one of the first proud owners of an Acorn home computer.

The following 4 years were spent gaining experience of managing teams as well as engaging with other departments like sales and marketing and getting a wider understanding of how an organisation really ticks.

The next 24 years have been very spent starting and growing my own business. This has given me a wide range of experiences.

I am a Princes Trust mentor and have helped numerous businesses over the last 8 years. I have 3 books published and available on Amazon. The latest one is titled "The Battle to get traffic to your website" and is aimed as an SEO primer for small business owners. Sales from my previous book "Starting and Running a PAT Testing business" has already generated £500 for the Princes Trust.

I really enjoy writing and plan to produce many more books over the coming years.

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Seggy T Segaran is Managing Director of Tele-Products Ltd, a company he founded more than 20 years ago. He has designed and launched numerous test instruments, including a simple to use Portable Appliance Tester which revolutionised the industry when it was introduced in 2002. He has also produced all the course material for the half-day Demystifying Portable Appliance Testing course as well as the full-day PAT Testing In-Depth Workshop , both taught through First Stop Safety , a division of his company. The latter course is very popular with those wanting to set up a PAT testing business. Since 2003, thousands of delegates have had the benefit of both these courses. Seggy has a master s degree in Electronic Engineering from Cambridge University, and has over 30 years in the telecoms and electronic engineering industry. He is a mentor for the Prince s Trust, and the Chairman of Electronics Yorkshire. He lives in York with his wife Jane, and they have three children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars PAT testing book review 3 Mar 2010
Starting and Running a PAT Testing Business
By Seggy T Segaran
ISBN 978-0-9561537-2-2

As the title would suggest this book is aimed fairly at those people who would like to set up a PAT testing business as either their sole income or as a part time enhancement to their other work. I actually fit into the latter category.

Last year I was looking round at PAT testing training partly because I had a lot of electrical equipment that I need to take to venues and have tested. Partly so I could offer it as a service to my existing customers and also to enhance my understanding of electrical safety, when I am teaching Health and Safety courses.

I managed to find out about First Stop Safety and the training that Seggy does there. I booked myself on the course and with his expert help I managed to pass with flying colours. We got a copy of the "Handbook of Portable appliance Testing" of which he is also the author, as part of the course.

When I heard that he had brought out another book on the actual running of a PAT testing business I couldn't wait to get my hands on it.

I'm no reader but because it was written in a down to earth practical style it was a breeze. I already knew it is one of those businesses that doesn't cost a fortune to set up but Seggy takes you all the way through effectively holding your hand and guiding you through the process.

He doesn't stop at telling you how to do the practical side of things and mentions the importance of setting up your networking through groups like BNI (which I have since joined). There is a section on the legal bits of setting up and something that I am less good at i.e. doing the accounts through to ensuring you get paid.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book is extremely accessible - an easy read yet is still meaty with masses of good, practical advice and tips together with great illustrations, and summary boxes that round up the important points. The Appendices with examples of a press release, a quote, an invoice, a leaflet etc are useful to people new to business and in the body of the book there is loads of information on how to set up your business, what records to keep etc and then how to market your business and of course the PAT relevant information such as training, PAT testing equipment and tips on how your PAT business could be different and better than the rest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It's a good read... I had the intention of skimming through but ended up reading the best part of it. It's nice and easy to read and follow which will be ideal for people who are looking at self employment for the first time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good advice 5 Jan 2013
By tornado
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very informative gives lots of good tips and advice and saves a lot of time and effort as everything you need to know is in this book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Start your own PAT Testing. 22 May 2014
By Aufermo
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This book will guide you through all the necessary info.
What and how to achieve your own PAT Testing business
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