If you are a person who is very “handy” when it comes to fixing things, why not start a handyman business for profit. All people will need something fixed. From hanging a picture frame to unclogging a toilet, everyone needs something fixed in their homes. If you are not comfortable with using tools, more than likely you will call upon someone to fix it. That someone can be you.
This is a business that is cheaper to start than many others. If you are the person that fixes things, you probably already have the necessary tools. Some of the common tools you will need are; screwdriver, wrench, pliers, hammer and nails, measuring tape, stud finder and drill. It’s a good idea to get a tool that has multiple uses, this will take up less space in your tool box and will be easier to transport. Set prices. Find out the repairman cost for various jobs in your neighborhood. Be competitive with the prices. You don't want to drive away customers. Affordable prices for superior work, keeps customers.
As with any business, go to your local courthouse to find out the appropriate certifications, permits and licenses required to start your business. Since you will be working in people’s homes, it is a good idea to have insurance to protect yourself against any accidents. Always draw up a contract. Make sure to include a liability clause in your contracts. You do not want to be blamed for hanging a picture and then the wall falls down. Get a Certificate of Safety for any electrical or plumbing work. If you do not know anything about electricity or plumbing, don’t put in your ads and flyers that you do. There will be consequences.
Choose a jazzy name for your business. Pick a name that is easy to pronounce and remember. Purchase flyers and give them out to anyone and everyone. Have your family and friends spread the word. Keep your appointments and always be on time. If you are not reliable, your services will not be needed. If you have anyone working with you, make sure they are background checked and fingerprinted. You are liable for the employees you hire as well as their actions. When entering people’s home, leave it the way you found it and clean up any mess you make. It’s probably a good idea to include a broom and dustpan in your bag of tools. This will show your professionalism.
To find out about the legal side of starting your business, other than visiting your local courthouse, visit www.sba.gov or www.legalzoom.com. For advertising such as business cards and websites at an affordable price, go to www.vistaprint.com.
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