If you want to escape a 9 – 5 job and you have a talent for handyman work, then developing a handyman business is the right thing to do. Like any other business, this one needs to be built properly in order to be successful and profitable. Here, we’ll be discussing what is necessary to start your handyman business.
- Get Your Business License
In order to start your handyman business, first on the list is to get a license. In certain states, such as Texas and Arizona, this license is a must, while in order states, you still need to show that you are skilled enough to be a handyman. If the license is needed or not, you still might be obligated to attend a handyman training program, professional course or prove your skills in front of a professional handyman.
Essential skills you need to become a professional handyman contractor are:
– Roof installation and repair
– Ceramic tile installation
– Flooring installation and maintenance
– Installation and fixing of plumbing features, etc.
You need to choose the type of handyman job you want to conduct and, based on that, apply for the license exam. Sometimes, it can happen that you will need more than one license if you are doing more than just one job.
Before making a decision, you need to check the law requirements in your state and make sure to pass every course or training you need!
- Purchase Handyman Insurance Policy
After you’ve got your license and started working, you need to be protected. As a handyman, you’re operating with dangerous tools. Also, you are conducting work on someone’s property. An accident might occur during your work, and a customer will possibly hold you responsible. If that happens, you will have to pay a lot of money for medical expenses or fix the damage on the property. Besides that, you might face a lawsuit, in which case you need to cover lawyer expenses and court settlements as well. All this can cost you your business.
In order to protect yourself from being in such a situation, you need to have handyman liability insurance.
Moreover, in some states, to get your handyman license, one of the demands can be to have a handyman insurance coverage. Required or not, this insurance can save you and your business a lot of money in the future, do not hesitate to make a purchase!
- Be A Professional
As in any job, you need to be professional. You need to know your job and to do it right. When you’re a handyman, especially an independent one and not a part of a big corporation, you depend on your clients. You need them to contact you whenever is necessary, and you need them to recommend you.
After you’ve passed your license exam, for sure, you do have enough knowledge. But sometimes, that is not enough. You also need to listen to your customers and fulfill their needs. In the end, it’s their home or office space, and they hired you.
- Work In A Safe Environment
As previously mentioned, a handyman is dealing with dangerous tools and equipment. To protect yourself and other people from injuries, you should always create a safe work environment. It would be best if you had protective equipment such as gloves, helmets, and good quality tools. If you are an employer, you need to follow OSHA standards and create a safe work environment for your employees! Sometimes, this can save your life!
Follow these steps, and you will be ready to start your handyman business in no time!