Being a locksmith is a career that will never go out of style. People will always lock themselves out, lose their keys, or have a need to change their locks. There are a number of ways to become a locksmith. You could be an apprentice to an experienced locksmith, take a correspondence course or an online course, or take in-person courses at a locksmith training center. A quick online search using the keywords: "courses in locksmithing" reveals a world of choices.
When you choose your course of study, be sure that it includes both the art of locksmithing and business guidance. This will help you to establish and run your own business once you have completed your training. You should also determine whether or not the course you choose will provide you with the basic tools you will need to start your business. Locksmith tools aren't cheap! A course of study that includes a basic kit will pay for itself a lot faster than one that requires you to purchase tools as you progress.
What kind of locksmith should you be? There are a number of areas you could specialize in as a locksmith. You might want to specialize in automotive, home or business locksmithing, or you might decide to provide general service. You might also branch out into the new, high-tech world of home security. People always want to feel safe, so the sky is the limit with this additional specialty. You might also want to just set up shop and provide keys, key copying, hardware for the DIY home-owner, security systems that can be purchased and installed by the homeowner or a member of your staff and so on. In this instance, you could provide in-shop consultations as well as keeping a staff of locksmiths that you can send out to deal with actual lock repair and exchange, on-site re-keying, and installation of security systems.
Setting up shop can be a costly enterprise. Of course, you must purchase a site or at least pay rent, pay overhead, purchase ample stock, and of course, insure the whole shebang! This may seem off-putting, but don't despair. Many locksmiths start out small with just their kit in hand, a stack of business cards, a Yellow Pages listing, and a website. This is a situation that can quickly grow into an enterprise of the type described above. By doing good honest work and collecting a lot of good word-of-mouth recommendations, you can easily write your own success story as a locksmith.