Start & Run a Handyman Business

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With the easy-to-read tips and business strategies taught in this book, readers will learn how to make a handyman business profitable. The book provides tips for both doing the job and the skills needed to run the business. The work life of a handyman can be very rewarding. It means finding creative solutions to everyday problems, learning new things, and enjoying a wide variety of tasks. Handymen can set their own hours and be their own bosses. But they will need the skills to make the business profitable, too, ...
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Overview

With the easy-to-read tips and business strategies taught in this book, readers will learn how to make a handyman business profitable. The book provides tips for both doing the job and the skills needed to run the business. The work life of a handyman can be very rewarding. It means finding creative solutions to everyday problems, learning new things, and enjoying a wide variety of tasks. Handymen can set their own hours and be their own bosses. But they will need the skills to make the business profitable, too, since only they will be responsible for finding customers. This book demonstrates, step-by-step, how readers can make a name for themselves as the handymen in their communities.
This book will help you to:

Use strategies to get customers calling you
Learn basic bookkeeping to keep track of your profits
Learn basic electrical, plumbing, and carpentry skills
Set up an efficient home office
Provide excellent customer service
Negotiate and charge a fair price
Create clear, understandable invoices
Develop a network of tradespeople for when help is needed

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551805986
  • Publisher: Self-Counsel Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Series: Start and Run A Series
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 821,566
  • Product dimensions: 8.43 (w) x 9.82 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Pegg has over 20 years of experience in carpentry and renovations and has run his business with co-author Sarah White for 15 years. Sarah handles the record keeping, advertising, and organization for the business, while Kevin takes care of the hands-on work.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION xv
1 THE HANDYMAN BUSINESS: AN OPPORTUNITY 1
WAITING FOR YOU
1. What a Handyman Does 1
2. Do You Have What It Takes? 2
3. Advantages and Disadvantages 4
4. Part Time or Full Time? 4
4.1 Part time 6
4.2 Full time 6
2 GETTING STARTED 9
1. Your Goals and Expectations 9
2. Sizing Up the Market 10
2.1 Market size 10
CONTENTS
2.2 Market research 11
2.3 Facing the competition 12
3. Developing Your Business Plan 12
4. Business and Legal Requirements 13
4.1 Zoning and licensing 13
4.2 Form of business 16
4.3 Insurance 16
4.4 Naming your business 17
4.5 Hiring employees or contract staff 18
5. Accounting Basics 19
5.1 Bookkeeping 19
5.2 Your balance sheet 19
5.3 Tax requirements 20
6. Getting Professional Help for Your Business 20
3 SETTING UP SHOP 23
1. Getting Organized 23
2. Your Home Headquarters 24
2.1 Keeping records 24
2.2 Communication needs 27
2.3 Your office environment 29
2.4 Tax advantages to the home office 30
2.5 Keeping your home and office separate 31
3. Your Vehicle — An Office Away from Home 32
3.1 Van, truck, or car? 32
3.2 Using trailers and wagons 33
3.3 Vehicle supplies 34
4. Tools — The Handyman’s Best Friend 36
4.1 A basic tool kit 36
4.2 The right tools for the job 38
4 MARKETING YOUR BUSINESS 41
1. Letterhead and Business Cards 41
2. Word of Mouth 42
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3. Advertising 43
4. Build on Existing Clients 43
5. Networking 46
6. Marketing Tips 52
5 MEETING THE CUSTOMER’S NEEDS 53
1. Estimates, Quotes, and Pricing 53
1.1 Understanding quotes and estimates 54
1.2 What to charge 57
1.3 Invoicing 58
2. Scheduling 59
2.1 Planning for a job 59
3. Organizing the Work Site 62
4. Serving Your Customers Well 64
5. Dealing with Difficult Situations 66
5.1 Not getting paid 66
5.2 Damaged property 67
5.3 Family arguments 68
5.4 Unhappy customers 68
6. When There Is Too Much Work 69
6.1 Saying no to work 69
6.2 Hiring help 70
7. Summary — The Key to Customer Service 71
6 THE HANDYMAN AT WORK: ON-THE-JOB 73
TIPS AND TECHNIQUES
1. Doing the Right Job at the Right Time 73
2. Working on New Homes 75
3. Working on Older Homes 75
4. Painting Like a Pro 76
4.1 Painting preparation 77
4.2 Oil or latex? 77
4.3 How much paint will you need? 78
4.4 Cleanup tips 79
Contents ix
5. Working with Plaster and Drywall 79
6. Plumbing Pointers 82
7. Rules for Roofing 82
8. Yard Work 84
9. Taking on Wildlife 85
9.1 Removing animals 86
9.2 Pest prevention 88
7 KEEPING UP WITH TRENDS — SOME IDEAS 89
FOR TODAY’S MARKET
1. Accessibility and Universal Design 90
2. Home Energy Audits 90
3. Home Checkups 92
4. Home Security 92
5. Keeping on Top of Trends 99
8 BUILDING SAFETY AND QUALITY INTO 101
YOUR DAY
1. Using Safety Equipment 101
2. Assessing the Situation for Safety Concerns 102
3. The Safety of Your Customers 104
4. A Word about Ladders 105
5. Taking Care of Yourself 107
5.1 Staying fit and safe 107
5.2 Taking time off 108
9 LOOKING TO THE FUTURE 111
CHECKLISTS
1 Business Plan Outline 15
2 Home Energy Audit 93
3 Home Checkup 95
ILLUSTRATION
1 Learn to Lift Correctly 109
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SAMPLES
1 Business Plan for Goals and Measurables 14
2 Balance Sheet 21
3 Business Card 42
4 Flyer Sample (1) 44
5 Flyer Sample (2) 44
6 Seasonal Reminder Flyer 45
7 Yellow Pages Advertisement 45
8 Community Newspaper Advertisement 46
9 Customer Contact Form 47
10 Customer Follow-Up Note (1) 48
11 Customer Follow-Up Note (2) 49
12 Network Contact Form 51
13 Estimate Sheet 55
14 Service Invoice 60
15 Job Organization Form 61
16 Weekly Work Schedule 63
TABLES
1 The Handyman Business: Pros and Cons 5
2 What Paint for What Job 78
3 Paint Coverage 80
4 Home Security Solutions 98
5 Safety Equipment and When to Use It 103
6 Ladder Guide 105
WORKSHEETS
1 Is the Handyman Business Right for You? 3
2 Tools and Materials Inventory 26
Contents xi
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