If you love helping people around the house and fixing things, and you’re handy with a hammer and other tools, you may want to start a handyman business. A handyman business is essentially a home improvement contracting operation, typically with one person running the show. If you have the skills for fixing houses or commercial buildings and enjoy the independence of working by yourself for clients, read on to find out how to start and efficiently run a handyman business.
Starting Your Business
The first thing you should do is find out the legalities of starting and operating a handyman business, which involves working on people’s homes in potentially dangerous situations where expensive damage is possible. There are certain kinds of work you may need a license for, such as plumbing, HVAC, and electrical work. If you’re legally allowed to do work in your area, you can start acquiring customers and offering the services you’ve chosen to provide.
Next, try to zero in on a special area of focus. Think about the type of work you enjoy doing most, and conduct market research to ensure that the demand for that type of service in your area is high.
No matter what specialty you choose, be sure to register your business with the state before taking on clients. A popular structure for handyman businesses is a limited liability company, or LLC. LLCs offer tax advantages as well as legal protection for your personal assets should your business encounter financial difficulty. Learn more about the ins and outs of how to start an LLC in California to decide if this is the right structure for your company.
Consider advertising to get clients. You can design, print, and send mailers offering your services. Or you could join lead-generating sites that connect individuals who need repair work with local contractors. There are also apps that connect you with clients looking for a handyman to work on their homes.
Estimating the cost of a job is a tough but essential task. It can take a lot of time to evaluate a job on-site and then write up the estimate and calculate expenses. One way to reduce some of the time and hassle of estimating is to use construction estimating software. You can add up material costs and the cost of your labor to see at what level a particular job should be priced. All costs, including materials, labor, and taxes, are then shown at the bottom of the estimate for the potential client to see and approve. The estimated form can have your logo, company colors, and branding. You can conveniently send the estimate right from the job site and can even send out reminders for your client to approve the estimate.
Setting Up Payment Software
Once you've completed a job and your client is satisfied, they'll need a convenient and reliable way to pay you for your work. Without a good payment system in place, though, collecting from your clients can be a hassle. One solution is to enable payments on your app or website. This will give your customers peace of mind and save you money by helping you avoid expensive credit card fees. A good payment system is one that's secure, easy to use, reliable, and low-cost.
Efficiently Running a Handyman Company
Following the process outlined above is an effective way to start and run a handyman operation.
For more information on running your business and engaging with your local business community, join the Corona Chamber of Commerce.