Whether you have been working in an entirely different business world for many years now or else are young, keen, and ready to get stuck in, there are many things you need to make yourself fully aware of when launching a handyman career.
With this in mind, here is how to start a business as a handyman and what to avoid in the process.
Brush-Up on the Relevant Skills
First and foremost, alongside any qualifications you may need, specifically those relating to legal compliance with all health, safety, and risk assessment legislation, it would also be more than appropriate to renew and improve your aptitude with several relevant skills.
The following skill sets are necessary, or at least advised, for anyone wishing to launch a handyman business:
- A good knowledge of construction, machinery, and buildings in general
- Customer relations and remaining professional in any situation
- The ability to diagnose issues and offer solutions to myriad home issues
- An excellent attention to detail
- The ability to work quickly and accurately with your hands
Only Deal with Professional Suppliers
Another crucial element of being able to fulfill the wide variety of different jobs and projects you will be asked to complete as part of your new career as a handyman is to ensure you have an extensive inventory of tools, small parts, and equipment.
Aside from remembering to remove any tools from your car or van at night, you should also set yourself a rule to stick to throughout the growth of your business that you only ever purchase equipment from a reputable and renowned electrical supplies shop.
It is largely accepted that in the initial weeks, months, and even during the first year of your new handyman business, you should focus on smaller and more domestic environments on a sole basis.
One of the core reasons for this is the simple fact that as long as you live in a home (and not as an enviable happy, and carefree beach dweller in Thailand), any job you are asked to take a look at in someone else’s home, you are able to practice on in your own.
Moving Towards Working in a Commercial Environment
Generally, once you have enough experience and knowledge behind you, the move towards working in either exclusively a more commercial business environment or, indeed, combining both domestic and commercial environments is not too much of a culture shock.
In fact, the differences between the two center around, firstly, the size of the project, or the number of individual repairs or work you need to do for one job, and secondly, the fact you may well be required to undergo additional qualifications.
Naturally, whether you are working alone or have more than a few people working for you, business insurance is a must for any working situation, but in a commercial environment, you do need to consider whether or not you can justify the additional expense of additional certification.