Over the last year, the focus of this website has shifted a bit. As we’ve tried stay true to our name (Lock/Locksmith Reference), certain early mainstays, such as the ‘Tyler’s Take’ editorial, have gone away. We’ve tried to get away from opinion and focus solely on facts, information, you know – reference material. Today is an exception though. The purpose of this ‘Tyler’s Take’ is to let other locksmiths around the world know about Locksmith Nation. Hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll see it’s value and join to take full advantage of all it has to offer.
What is Locksmith Nation?
Locksmith Nation, or LN for short, is a free Facebook Group comprised of nearly 2,000 locksmiths from across the world. If you are unfamiliar with Facebook groups, they’re essentially “community pages” where group members can write and respond to posts, share pictures and files, and communicate all within the privacy of that group. Due to the sensitive nature of the topics and discussion, new members are actively vetted by a group of other locksmiths to ensure that only legitimate locksmiths can join and remain members.
The Locksmith Nation Difference
Locksmith communities are nothing new. Some have come and gone, some have remained, but I don’t think any can beat the ease of access and participation of LN. Through the Facebook app, you can interact with the LN community in your shop with a computer or out in the field with your smartphone. This ease of use in turn encourages high-engagement and participation. In the last 28 days, for example, over 28,000 posts have been made on LN. Talk about an active community!
Because of the ease of use and participation, it doesn’t take long to get the answer(s) or input you’re searching for. Need help while you’re on a job site? Take pictures and ask the community. Trying to locate a part or supplier/distributor that carries it? Ask. Want feedback on a particular model or series? Again, just ask. Maybe you need input or an idea on a job you’re quoting? Provide some pictures and basic information and you’ll have plenty of input to, hopefully, steer you in the right direction.
Perhaps one of the greatest resources in this industry is having a peer provide guidance or an opinion when you need it. With LN, you have nearly 2,000 of those peers available to assist.
LN represents one of multiple tools that locksmiths now and in the future can benefit from. Others include this website as well as YouTube Channels, such as Wayne Winton’s or SE Lock and Key’s. Information is both plentiful and easily accessible thanks to advances in technology. Gone are the days where you are limited to what resources you had on hand or could hope to acquire. Whether you are just starting out or have decades of experience, there is value in these tools because, let’s face, we don’t know everything, it’s not possible. You may not have the information you’re looking for but, utilizing one of these tools, you’ll know where to get it.
Tools don’t have to be physical objects. If you already haven’t started putting together a “digital toolbox” then start today, it’s nearly always free. Bookmark this website if you already haven’t ($0), subscribe to the YouTube Channels ($0), and definitely join Locksmith Nation ($0). There is a lot of money to be made for yourself and/or company utilizing these tools properly. Don’t miss out.