Most of us have, at some point, needed a handyman. When we need help around the house but don’t want to use a big company. When we’ve made a mistake with our own DIY efforts and need some help to fix it. Or when we’ve got a massive list of small jobs that we just haven’t got time to tackle on our own. Many people prefer using the skills of a local handyman instead of a big company. They can build a trusting relationship, and often feel safer with someone that they know. If you are handy in your own house, you might be tempted to see if you could make money from it. Here are some of the things that you need to do if you want to start your own handyman business.
Practice Your Skills
Working in someone else’s home isn’t the same as working on your own. You won’t be able to patch things up if you make a mistake, and if you do, you could lose clients, or money. You’ll want to be able to offer professional results. So, you need to practice. You might want to learn new skills and practice services that you’d like to offer. The more you can provide, the more work you will get.
Invest in a Professional Toolkit
Your tools don’t all need to be new and in pristine condition. In fact, clients are more likely to trust you if your tools look well used. But, your kit should be comprehensive, and well looked after. So take care of them, and invest in professional steel toolboxes to keep them safe. It’s also worth investing in some specialist pieces, so you don’t have to rush out and buy things, or turn down work when you haven’t got what you need.
Start a Website
You might think that as a small local service, you don’t need a website, and, indeed, many people manage perfectly well with local offline marketing and social media. But having a website, complete with details such as your contact information, working times and a list of services can give you an extra way to get found. It also provides potential clients with the answers to their questions, which can save you time.
No small business should be without insurance, and it’s something you should take out before you even get started. You’ll want to insure your business and tools and change your home insurance to reflect any changes there. As you will be working with the public and in their homes, you’ll also need public liability insurance.
Create a Brand
You don’t need a brand. But it will help you to get noticed and taken seriously. A business name and logo, used across social media, on your website, on any print marketing and your business cards will make it easier for people to find and remember you.
You don’t have to throw everything in and take your business full-time straight away. If money is an issue, you can start around your usual job, building a client base and reputation before even thinking about giving up work. There’s nothing wrong with doing it in your time.