A Handyman is a great person to know. If you have the skills to be a handyman, your services will always be needed. There will always be a time when the sink is clogged, the garage door won’t open or close, the garbage disposal is not working, the broken glass in the window needs to be replaced and the list goes on and on. The fact is that most people don’t have a clue how to repair any of the previously mentioned issues around the house and that is why the Handyman is so valuable. Let’s take a look at how to become a handyman.
First, sit down and make a list of your skills. Your clients are going to ask you what tasks you can handle and you need to give them a confident response. They are putting their trust in you, so be up front and honest at all times. Here is a list of skills that should be on your list.
- Electrical installation and repair: Light switches, ceiling fans, light fixtures, fuse or breaker replacement, garage door openers, clothes dryer repair, small appliance repair, security systems, sound systems, etc.
- Plumbing installation and repair: Sink and toilet repair and installation, clearing clogged drains, leaking faucets, leaking pipes, bathroom remodeling, etc.
- Carpentry installation and repair: framing, flooring, doors, windows, moldings, drywall, remodeling, roofing, decks, cabinets, Counter tops, tiling, shelves, garage doors, demolition, fencing, ceilings, guttering, etc.
- Painting: Exterior, interior, cabinet refinishing, furniture refinishing, fencing, etc.
- Landscaping: Mowing, hedge trimming, walkway or patio paver installation, porches, decks, driveway sealing, concrete work, cleaning gutters and downspouts, brush removal, tree removal, tree and shrub planting, stone wall construction and repair, junk and garbage removal, etc.
- Heating and Air: Furnace cleaning and repair, air conditioning window unit placement and removal, duct work cleaning and repair, etc.
After you have determined what kind of services you can provide, the next step is to check with your local and state governments to find out if they require you to have a handyman license. Many states do, so this is an important step before you can start your handyman business. Go to the National Contractor License Service to search for the requirements in you state or contact your state government. You may need more than one license in your state, so do your research carefully on this. You may also be required to take and pass a test to qualify for the license.
Now that you have your contractor license(s) if you don’t already have a business license. That is your next step. The first task in this step is to determine what your business name will be. Of course, you’ll want the name to represent you and what you do. Next, contact your state government and apply for your business license. In the state where I live, we contact the Secretary of State but in other states, it might be the Department of Small Businesses. At this point you will have to determine if you want the business to be a Limited Liability Company (LLC) or a Sole Proprietorship. If you don’t want to make that decision yourself, you could contact a local lawyer who will be happy to explain the differences to you and help you set up your business. You could also contact Legal Shield who can help and recommend a lawyer in your area.
In most states you’ll find that you are required to carry liability insurance. The amount of coverage you’ll need to purchase will vary from state to state. Once you determine the requirements in your state, make sure you shop around to get the best coverage for your money.
Now you can have your business cards printed with your new company name and go about the work of building your list of clients and helping people with all their handyman needs.