DIRECTV is probably best known for its premium NFL package that allows viewers to watch every NFL game played on a given day. They are also known for providing persons who enjoy working with their hands and opportunity to venture into entrepreneurship. DirecTV installers can start off as employees of the company, but then branch into business for themselves.
Things You'll Need
- Business license
- In-line amplifiers
- Grounding blocks
- Cable clips and ties
- Lag screws
Complete the application form for DirectTV installers. Find the form on the Career link on the DirecTV website.
Attend a group interview session. A representative will follow up your application with a call to schedule your attendance to the interview. Submit a drug screening urine sample.
Learn about satellite and cable technology. Attend the classroom training for DirecTV installers. In the “Career Guide to Industries 2008-09,” the US Labor Department says: “As these services expand to include telephone and high-speed Internet access, an understanding of the basic technology, computer software and an ability to communicate that knowledge are increasingly important.”
Participate in on-the-job training. DirecTV calls those “ride alongs” with a seasoned installer. They last four to six weeks.
Get experience as an installer with DirecTV before branching out on your own. Make sure this is the entrepreneurial path that you want to take before venturing into business on your own.
Get your business license. Contact your state, city or county government department of revenue to request a business license application. Register the business with the state in which you will operate. Register as a sole proprietor for easier tax filings. Consult a tax attorney or tax accountant before you make a final decision on the business entity you file.
Get the necessary equipment, such as intra-facility link cables, coaxial cables, strippers and crimpers needed to make installation easier. Customers often buy their own satellite dishes from stores like Best Buy. They will also need a receiver-decoder. In “Wireless A to Z” Nathan J. Muller writes that the decoder “decompresses and decodes the video signal in real time so that the programs can be watched on the television set. To make recording easier, some receiver-decoders include an event scheduler and an on-screen programming guide.”
Purchase a truck or van that will serve as your mobile office. Load it with the installation equipment you bought. Buy a commercial auto insurance policy to protect your equipment and the vehicle from theft or damage.
Market your installation business to the public. Print plenty of business cards. Leave a card with your customers after an installation so that they can pass it along to friends and family. Write articles for magazines that teach people how to get the most out of their satellite TV experience or write about any number of topics that will show your target customers that you are an expert in the field.