So you’re thinking about leaving your job and concentrating on working for yourself. This is a good idea if you are a skilled person who has been tinkering with DIY (do-it-yourself) and handyman work for quite some time. If your neighbours have called on you for years to fix their fence, install their new roof or a new dishwasher, it may be high time to charge for the services you render.
Here are some valuable pieces of advice you may need when thinking about starting your own handyman business.
Make a Plan
This step means leaving your regular job; plan it carefully so it doesn’t lead to more regrets than anything. Planning a business — even if you are the only employee — requires some serious considerations. Writing your ‘plans’ on a napkin while having coffee at the diner is not enough.
Do you need a shop? Where will you set it up? What tools do you need? How do you intend to market? (Yes, you need marketing.) How much is all of this likely to cost you?
Can your savings cover it, or will you need a loan? If your family or friends can’t loan you the money, you may have to try your bank. Include all of these things in your plan so you have a direction.
You probably already have a few of these things, but are they enough to cover every job you are likely to have? Create a budget for your tools. Time to start shopping for a magnetic drill for sale, a circuit tester or whatever tools you need for your craft. These tools may cost you a bit, so it would be wise to save money before leaving your current job.
Don’t forget to buy PPE or personal protective equipment. Manual jobs like those performed by a handyman expose them to all sorts of risks, so PPEs are especially important.
You may have some knowledge, but learning more by being an apprentice, following a mentor or enrolling in a short course will give you a better foundation for that knowledge. It will also keep you safe as you perform your job. More people will trust you if you have some certification as well.
Becoming a handyman is a good career move, especially if there are few or no other handymen in your area. Follow these pieces of advice and you’ll be on your way to earning more.