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Old 03-16-2012, 11:04 PM   #21
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What put it on CL and say what. They all say handy man. JACK OF ALL TRADES MASTER OF NONE. Work for $20.00 hour well maybe that why there is no work.
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Old 03-17-2012, 12:44 AM   #22
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What put it on CL and say what. They all say handy man. JACK OF ALL TRADES MASTER OF NONE. Work for $20.00 hour well maybe that why there is no work.


Depends how you market yourself. If you keep it short and to the point, with a direct link to your website-You will stand out from the everyday "Jack of all trades" who works for cash and has no insurance/website/cards, etc.
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Agree with MrMike......using the word handyman in your business name will set up a "works for less" expectation with a lot of people. Better to be a construction or maintenance company that offers handyman services.

Follow the advice of setting up your business correctly with licenses, insurance, and know your limitations. Get the business cards and a website. As mentioned, they add credibility and are inexpensive.

Do you have a lot of tools? You will find out it takes a lot of tools to be a generalist. Know your expenses. If you don't, you will price your work incorrectly and find that you aren't covering your costs.

Get the correct vehicle. A pickup truck is a minimum, but a van with ladder racks is much better. A smaller van that gets good mileage is the best choice. You will be racking up a lot of mileage driving to do quotes and getting materials. Keep it clean, presentable, and letter it with your business name and contact info. I get a lot of jobs from people who saw my van in a neighbors driveway.

Starting out, be ready to work on the first visit. You will have the time, and if you have your tools with you, it cuts down on your costs if you can do it in one trip. Multiple trips are are a profit killer. I always try to write up a quote on the first visit. Your best chance to sell the job is on that initial visit. It's easier for a customer to say no to a later phone call or email. Coming back later to quote and sell just adds to your costs and takes up time.

Always do good work. Show up on time and do what you said you would do, even if you underbid, which will happen. Referrals are king and always ask for them when you collect. Most people are happy to help out.

Realtors can be good business. Make up a flyer listing all of your services and drop off several to all of the real estate offices in your area. Knocking out punch lists for closings are not usually price sensitive but can be time sensitive. If you are available at the right time, it can be great work. And realtors tend to be well networked and share info on good resources.

Make sure you have the resources to keep you afloat for a couple of years. It will start out slow and your expenses will be big at the beginning. It's rewarding work and you will meet a lot of nice people.
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What put it on CL and say what. They all say handy man. JACK OF ALL TRADES MASTER OF NONE. Work for $20.00 hour well maybe that why there is no work.
My CL ad is short.
Licensed/bonded/insured general contractor lic #
Bathroom/kitchen remodels, home renovations/repairs, small jobs welcome
site link and phone number.

I refuse to compete with lowballers/unlicensed jacks. Was skeptical about even posting in there but so far it's been well worth the couple minutes it took to post and no cost.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:00 AM   #25
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My CL ad is short.
Licensed/bonded/insured general contractor lic #
Bathroom/kitchen remodels, home renovations/repairs, small jobs welcome
site link and phone number.

I refuse to compete with lowballers/unlicensed jacks. Was skeptical about even posting in there but so far it's been well worth the couple minutes it took to post and no cost.
Mine ad is like that to. I made sure to put in Lic. and insured. And no Handyman words. I also put Lic. number avaiable upon request. No one else in my area did that.

The Detroit CL south of me had 5 pages of skilled trades. some of those guys had very professional ads complete with web site.
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I also put Lic. number avaiable upon request. No one else in my area did that.

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It's mandatory for us to include license # in any advertising here.....but curious why you wouldn't just include it anyway?
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I really don't know. I guess if someone wanted to steal it they could just do a internet search. We are supposed to put it on our ads and our address. But no does it.
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I found that not using the word HANDYMAN in ads and on business cards , flyers etc. didn't work . You can't change peoples notion of what a handyman is or should charge , you can only influence their perception of you . I try to always to show up clean and on time , and if I have to do a FREE ESTIMATE after leaving anther job site , I will let them know in advance that I may not be presentable . Offer to take off your shoes or keep a clean pair of sneakers in your truck . If you have contacts with plumbers , roofers etc and trust them , refer them for work beyond your scope . Get quality businees cards , always give your potential customer 2 or 3 .
Look at manufacture's web sites for info and videos . Most paint companies have color selector aps that the customer can mess around with different senarios and colors . Never pick a color for someone . Keep reading , every day if possible .
Price a job and stick to it. Watch the little stuff you may be tempted to THROW IN ,
it wil eat you up . If it " never worked right " or has been '' broken for a long time '' theres a reason . Seperate phone number , suppliers close to where the job is ,
etc .... AND DON'T EXPECT TO MAKE A LIVING FROM THIS BUSINESS FOR A WHILE !
What was the question ?
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First of all read every one of the articles on this page:

http://www.hometechpublishing.com/articles-ezp-72.html

Unless you plan on being just another low-baller, cutting the throats of hard working trades people, don't just read it and forget about it. Take everything there to heart and don't tell yourself "oh that will never work in my area" . It will and it does. People do and will pay more for those that provide outstanding service.
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Fez, do you use their estimating programs?
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Yes we do. Started out with HomeTech Handyman Cost Estimator probably 13 years ago, them National Insurance and Renovation Cost Estimator and now RS Means.

RS Means has been the most detailed by far. We use it as a baseline when we dont have historical data and then build off of it adding material pick up time, trip charges etc...
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Update. Got a few jobs to look at. Tile an entrance way, remove old panneling and hang rock and a dog house.

All word of mouth from a friend i do work for every now and then.
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Update. Got a few jobs to look at. Tile an entrance way, remove old panneling and hang rock and a dog house.

All word of mouth from a friend i do work for every now and then.
Nice,
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Nice,
Im really hopeing i get the dog hoise build. Something diffrent
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Thats a cool sounding job. How big? What kind of dog?
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Thats a cool sounding job. How big? What kind of dog?
Its for a big fluffy full grown husky. The lady is still up in the air on size. Thinkin 3x5 ish base and about 3-4ft tall
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Sounds cool, good luck. Tell her you will throw in some doggy bones for free is she signs right now..
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Update. Got a few jobs to look at. Tile an entrance way, remove old panneling and hang rock and a dog house.

All word of mouth from a friend i do work for every now and then.
Word of mouth....best advertisement ever.
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Word of mouth....best advertisement ever.
And then adwords, in that order.
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Update number 2. Just got the call to build dog house. There is also talk of a concrete pad to be poured.

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