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 The Coronavirus Will Impact Handyman Businesses And What to Do About It

Coronavirus impact on handyman business

Updated: 4/27/20

Everyone has Coronavirus on their mind, and rightly so. This could be the most important event in our lifetime. It’s already changed the world. The only question now is “how much will the world change?”

Nobody knows.

Experts are happy to share their opinions, which are likely very good opinions based on complicated economical models, cutting edge science, and a comprehensive view of history.

But ultimately, nobody knows.

Maybe one of the thousands of brilliant scientists out there will develop a vaccine or anti-viral treatment that works and we can all go on with our merry lives. Or, maybe this will drag on until well into 2021.

This likely leaves you with a lot of questions bouncing around in your head. And as a reader of this website, one of those questions is “how will this impact my handyman business?

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Save Time and Money During Tax Time With This One Simple Tip

Save time with tax prep checklist

Filing your taxes can either be a huge pain in the ass or just a small pain in the ass, depending on how organized you are.

In this short article I’m going to share one simple thing that I do to make filing my taxes  just a little bit less of a pain in the ass.

Let’s jump right in.

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What’s the Best Way to Advertise for a Handyman Business?

Best handyman advertising

Pros are always asking me for the best way to advertise their handyman business.

Is it Home Advisor? Thumbtack? Craigslist? Direct mail? Door flyers?

There are at least a hundred different ways to attract customers for your home service business, and I’ve tested a lot of them.

But my answer is always the same regardless if they offer small home repairs or custom remodels. Basically I tell them something like this…

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Double Your Income Every Year – How to Unlock Consistent Growth in Your Business

Consistent Income Growth

When I first heard the saying “work smarter, not harder,” it stunned me. I just sat there slack-jawed and confused while the guy that said it casually got up and walked away.

It happened in a college class, and ever since that moment I’ve been trying to figure out what it actually means.

I remember this experience because I felt dumb – like a Neanderthal banging stones together while everyone else is driving flying cars.

I now had a big question looming over my head…”How does somebody actually work smarter instead of harder?”

Whatever the answer was, I wanted to do that.

But I didn’t realize until much later that

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The Future of the Handyman Business

Handyman Business Future

I don’t know of a better time in history to be a professional handyman or contractor.

Our economy is growing.

Our society is becoming less and less handy.

Houses are getting more complex.

And people are outsourcing more of their lives every day in an attempt to do more, have more, and be more.

It used to be uncommon to hire a housecleaner. It was something only wealthy families did. Now it’s normal for a middle class family to hire not only a housecleaner, but to hire mobile dog groomers, carpet cleaners, painters, lawn care services, dog walkers, nannies, and of course, a handyman.

Basically, there has never been such a high demand for our services. But the interesting thing is that as an industry, we are relatively unsophisticated.

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