What I Regret About Starting a Handyman Business

Business regrets and mistakes

I made a lot of mistakes when starting my handyman business.

Here are just a few:

  • Quoting a painting job and getting stung by the contractor’s board.
  • Dropping a customer’s brand new 50″ TV and shattering the screen.
  • Underpricing my services on countless jobs (which cost me over $50K during my first year in business alone).
  • Being scared to recommend repairs to customers for a fear of being too salesy.
  • Being scammed for $200 by a cold-caller who was selling fake leads.
  • Scheduling jobs inefficiently which caused me to waste time and lose profits.

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How to Use Google My Business To Generate FREE Leads For Any Local Business

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Google My Business is one of the easiest, most effective, and FREE ways to generate leads to any homes service business. It doesn’t matter if you do small home repairs, build decks, or remodel homes, this is a major opportunity to grow your business with minimal effort.

There are very few free marketing methods for handymen and contractors that actually work. But, if you want to take advantage of this one, you’ll need to know how to optimize your profile on Google.

When I started my handyman business in 2012, I set up a profile on the platform (which was called Google Places at the time), and within days I was receiving high quality leads from it. Since then it has helped me generate hundreds of free leads and continues to play a significant role in my online marketing strategy.

I love tools like this because they help lower the barrier of entry to get started as a service pro. You can simply sign up, spend some time to optimize your profile, and in many cases, start receiving free leads within days.

Now, things are a little different than they were back in 2012. Far more businesses are online these days and the competition is higher. But you can still stand out with a little know-how. I’ve been helping handymen and contractor’s generate leads online for the last seven years and this strategy continues to work.

So let’s dive in! In this article, I’ll share how to leverage this free tool to grow your business fast.

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3 Handyman Business Myths Exposed

3 myths of a handyman business

I get a lot of e-mails from readers who are interested in starting a handyman business, but have a few roadblocks holding them back. Those roadblocks are usually unanswered questions or assumptions based on bad information.

There is a lot of bogus information out on the Internet today. In this article I’m going to address 3 Myths that I believe hold a lot of people back from the the freedom and fulfillment of owning  a handyman business. I’ll show you why these myths just aren’t true and how I’ve proven it with my own business.

If you are thinking about starting a handyman business but still aren’t sure, keep reading.

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The First 5 Steps to Starting a Home Based Handyman Business

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Ready to start a home based handyman business and want to know the best way to get started?

Like most people in your shoes, you probably have one or more of the following questions:

“What’s the first step?”
“How much experience do I need?”
“What kind of licensing do I need?”
“How much money can I actually make?”

I’ll answer them all here. But regardless of what questions you have or how much experience is under your belt, starting a handyman business the smart way should always consist of the same steps.

And in this article, I’m going to walk you through the first 5 steps to starting a successful handyman business. By completing these first steps, you will create a clear business plan that is sure to bring you profit, freedom, and satisfaction.

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How to Make an Extra $1,000 Per Month in Just 5 Hours Per Week With a Part Time Handyman Business

The handyman business works great as a part-time business. The overhead is low and it only takes a few hours per week to generate a profit as long as you charge enough for your services.

So in this article, I’m going to break down the numbers to show you exactly how much you would need to charge in order to make an extra one thousand big ones each month while only working 5 hours per week total.

This is totally doable by the way. And I think it’s an excellent way to dip your toes in the water before you dive all the way in and go full time as a pro handyman.

Plus, $1,000 extra each month is nice. You can buy all kinds of fun stuff and experiences with that much moola.

Let’s dive into the math and get a realistic view of how to do this.

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Don’t Make This Mistake When Pricing Your Services

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In this article I’m going to share the #1 biggest pricing mistake nearly all new service pros make.

So last week my brother mentioned he was thinking of starting a lawn care business.

Naturally, just like anybody who’s never started a business, he has certain beliefs and ideas on how to get one going. Some of them really good, and others will guarantee he loses money.

One thing he said in particular that really popped out to me was that the way he figured it, he could charge just a little less than the other lawn care companies, and as a result, get a flood customers to jumpstart his business.

Basically, he was going to use low prices as his primary marketing strategy.

Now, I love my brother. He’s a great guy and he’s one of the smarter people I know. But dammit, this is one of the dumbest ways to approach business!

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