How to Start A Handyman Business
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For a handyman business startup you’ll have to invest in some tools. At the onset, only get those which are absolutely necessary and then add on as your business expands. Some essential tools all handymen must have include a hammer, a level, gloves, goggles, screwdrivers, wrenches, adhesive tape, a measuring tape, a ladder, drills, a flashlight, and a breathing mask.
You will probably want to get a few power tools as well. Start with a drill and a sander.
Know Your Market
Generally the elderly and single working people are more in need of handymen than others. The elderly cannot go about fixing stuff on account of their deteriorating health. Working men and women just don’t have the time. So figure out where these people are located and advertise extensively. Take every opportunity to distribute your business card. You can also advertise through bulk mailers, newspapers and brochures. Another viable market is rental agents. They require handymen when things need fixing in their leased homes. More often than not they send the wrong person for the wrong job. A plumber may be sent to fix a light bulb and so on and so forth. So visit a few rental agents and tell them about your services.
If you don’t know how to perform a particular task, don’t be afraid to admit it. Refer to instruction guides and manuals. These should give you a fair idea. If you’re still in doubt about your abilities, just refer your client to someone who can be of help.
Licenses and Hiring
Make arrangements to get a handyman business license before you open for business. Along with this, find out whether you’re subject to sales tax and other tax laws of the state you live in. Maintain good records. You may need to invest in a van or some other form of transport. Include this in your investment analysis. If you need extra helpers, it’s better to hire someone and pay him per project instead of paying a fixed wage per week/month.
It doesn’t take much to begin a handyman business. All it requires is a bit of skill with tools and the right attitude. Always keep your word when it comes to customers. Don’t promise what you can’t deliver. Return phone calls and show up when you say you will and your business will grow faster than you think.
50 years ago most homeowners took care of all those little projects around the house. Most dads had a workbench in the basement. Today that has all changed. More professionals and dual income couples just don’t have the skills or time to get things done. Not to mention single homeowners, divorced, and elderly. Retired homeowners may not be able to handle those projects like they once did. Then there are those homeowners who are just all thumbs when it comes to home maintenance. The need for good handymen continues to grow. Not everyone needs a $25,000 kitchen remodel or a $10,000 bathroom redo. Many of the smaller jobs traditional contractors won’t touch leaving you in an excellent position to earn a steady income.