When you're starting a handyman business one thing is fact...it is really difficult to NOT be successful.
The information found below will lead you to success, real success.
There is truly an unlimited amount of minor repair work that households need to have done. This is particularly true when adults are 40-something and younger.
This is so because they have such little time and, generally have little or no knowledge pertaining to making basic home repairs.
Installing door locks, repairing electrical switches or plugs, installing a new ceiling fixture or fan, repairing a gutter or downspout, repairing cracks in a wall or foundation, removing a window sash with broken glass, fix a leaking roof, refinishing a deck, interior and exterior painting, fix the leaking toilet or faucet, hooking up that newly purchased electronic equipment and a host of other "around the home" repairs occur frequently no matter if you live downtown or in the suburbs.
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Starting a handyman business has almost unlimited potential.
A handyman business is not limited to males only. Plus, you can start this part time, if you like.
Everyone needs a handyman no matter their economic standing, how old they are or where they live.
Thank goodness there is a Home Depot or Lowes almost everywhere! They probably have done more to promote the handyman opportunity than anyone!
a Handyman Business
A Low Cost Start Up Business
If you have just a moderate amount of "fix-it" skills and like to work with your hands, then you should seriously consider getting into this home-based business.
Truly, this is one of those small business investment ideas that pay off big time.
For $250 to $350 you can be "in business."
First, you must have these tools:
- Screwdriver (a packaged set would be super)
- Pliers and Vice Grips
- Cordless Drill with an extra battery
- Tape Measure
- Aluminum Clipboard (and a legal pad)
- Business Yard Sign (36” wide by 30” high is best)
Second, get a letter of reference from one, two or three people you have done work for and make 25 copies. You will give this letter(s) to prospective clients during your initial meeting.
This letter(s) build credibility and has a favorable impact when you are attempting to “close the deal.”
Third, after you have completed a job or two and now have operating funds, it’s time to add another credibility tool…insurance.
Good liability coverage will cost about $200, maybe $250 a year.
This investment in your business will pay for itself many times. Be sure you have on your business card the word "insured."
When starting a handyman business there is no stronger tool you can use to build your stature as a sound business and earn credibility in the eyes of a prospective client.
The word “insured” means you’re not a “fly-by-night” business, but rather, a “real” business.
Fourth, it’s time to advertise. NO, I didn’t say spend lots of money.
Start by telling everyone you know about your business and give him or her your business card. Next, place a notice on Craigslist . It’s free!
Then, pick a neighborhood where a good friend of yours lives and who will allow you to place your business yard sign on his lawn.
You’ll be surprised how effective this is in getting new business.
Lastly, you should take advantage of this free opportunity: Google Places. Just go tohttp://www.google.com/places and post your listing.
This is the site where potential clients can search for a handyman in your city or town. It’s quite effective.
To build your credibility when starting a handyman business, please consider joining theAssociation of Certified Handyman Professionals . There are loads of “how to” articles and business tips which allow you to prosper.
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Pick a Brain or Two
Now for the best part!
Please do not waste your time and money by plowing ahead thinking you know how to start a handyman business. Boost your income at a faster pace.
Save your time for productive business-growing activities.
Model your business after others who have already successfully invented the wheel, so pick the fruit of their efforts.
John Magerowski has written an ebook that you should take the time to seriously consider. It is packed with info that cuts through all the noise and gives it to you straight.
John takes you by the hand and helps you start and operate a successful low cost start up business.
There is also a 40-minute video giving you keen insights on a handyman business.
John's How to Start a Handyman Business is the best on the market.
It's loaded with multiple cost saving techniques, low cost get your business known tips, how to organize the business, how to effectively reach customers, and, most importantly, how to grow and grow profitably.
In my judgement, following John’s “been-there-done-that” guide will make your life easier and generate significantly more income than going it alone.
The whole idea of starting a handyman business, or any business, for that matter, is to put knowledge to work for you to earn a good income.
Best of everything to you.
Thank you for visiting “Starting a Handyman Business.”
Here is to your success!!