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Old 08-01-2019, 01:00 AM   #41
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Old 08-18-2019, 08:53 AM   #46
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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.
sorry guys
, i`m totally against unlicensed handymen.
your not gonna only build dog houses , and concrete pads,
you`ll have to stay busy ,so you`ll start doing things your not licensed to do out of necessity.
then your a competitor to us small time legal guys
'and our prices have to be higher because legally , we have to have license and insurance and document our jobs .
i bid on bathrooms , hanging doors , fences , decks , rotted wood repairs . those are all things you could do , and it just isn`t right i pay my dues , and you don`t
also whos to regulate whether your truly qualified , what happens if you damage property , or accidently hurt someone on the job , all you could do is say..um.. sorry.."
i`d have to use my insurance ( which i have had to do in the past )

it just shouldn`t be allowed for you to run an illegal business of any kind ,

theres no " handy-doctors"
or " handy-lawyers"
or handy-realtors
or handi insurance agents
or handy- any other trade or business

why should you get away with it?

not saying this with any "f***k you " kind of way
just saying , keep your hourly job , and take a course or 2 , and get a license
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Old 08-22-2019, 02:06 PM   #48
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I've been doing this for quite some time now. I have a contract I seldom use and business cards I seldom hand out. I have been lucky...all of my work has been word of mouth from the very start. I started out doing a lot of work for a realtor, who was a slum landlord. Word just got around. I do woodworking also but not as much as I do handyman stuff. For me, either the woodworking stuff has gotten me in the door with handyman stuff or vice-versa.
Most of my clientele are retired folks. I clean windows, gutters, pressure wash, light electrical, light plumbing, tile work, drywall work & repair, lots of painting, trim (lots of crown), misc yard work, etc, etc, etc.
One thing that has gotten me through some of the leaner times is this... I have 3 customers that will guarantee me 2 days (16 hours) of work per month. For that guarantee, they get a reduced rate on labor. They have to let me know in advance what they want done so I can get the materials needed while I'm out & about. The clock starts when I leave my driveway. They pay for the ride to and I pay for it fro.
This type of thing has led to more work just by passersby's..."do you do this or that"? "Yes ma'am...I do".
Anyway, I always say that I do all the dirty or little jobs nobody else wants.
It comes in handy that I also have a severe addiction to tools. I love buying tools I cannot live without and have never used.
It's worked out well for me.
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sorry guys
, i`m totally against unlicensed handymen.
your not gonna only build dog houses , and concrete pads,
you`ll have to stay busy ,so you`ll start doing things your not licensed to do out of necessity.
then your a competitor to us small time legal guys
'and our prices have to be higher because legally , we have to have license and insurance and document our jobs .
i bid on bathrooms , hanging doors , fences , decks , rotted wood repairs . those are all things you could do , and it just isn`t right i pay my dues , and you don`t
also whos to regulate whether your truly qualified , what happens if you damage property , or accidently hurt someone on the job , all you could do is say..um.. sorry.."
i`d have to use my insurance ( which i have had to do in the past )

it just shouldn`t be allowed for you to run an illegal business of any kind ,

theres no " handy-doctors"
or " handy-lawyers"
or handy-realtors
or handi insurance agents
or handy- any other trade or business

why should you get away with it?

not saying this with any "f***k you " kind of way
just saying , keep your hourly job , and take a course or 2 , and get a license

agreed! Do the right thing, work hard, don't be afraid to advertise and a handyman business is a piece of cake.
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Old 09-02-2019, 11:39 AM   #51
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sorry guys
, i`m totally against unlicensed handymen.
your not gonna only build dog houses , and concrete pads,
you`ll have to stay busy ,so you`ll start doing things your not licensed to do out of necessity.
then your a competitor to us small time legal guys
'and our prices have to be higher because legally , we have to have license and insurance and document our jobs .
i bid on bathrooms , hanging doors , fences , decks , rotted wood repairs . those are all things you could do , and it just isn`t right i pay my dues , and you don`t
also whos to regulate whether your truly qualified , what happens if you damage property , or accidently hurt someone on the job , all you could do is say..um.. sorry.."
i`d have to use my insurance ( which i have had to do in the past )

it just shouldn`t be allowed for you to run an illegal business of any kind ,

theres no " handy-doctors"
or " handy-lawyers"
or handy-realtors
or handi insurance agents
or handy- any other trade or business

why should you get away with it?

not saying this with any "f***k you " kind of way
just saying , keep your hourly job , and take a course or 2 , and get a license
Wow ,, that's a lot of ʻOkinas and your not even speaking a Polynesian language
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Old 09-02-2019, 07:11 PM   #52
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I was replacing some exterior window trim for a customer a while back and he was having me look at his basement bathroom reno that he realized he couldn't do himself. Shower drain needed to be moved, suspect looking plumbing and electrical I thought should be looked at too. I told him if I were going to do it I'd bring the appropriate people in to sort it out. I've done some work for his daughter since too so I've sort of stayed in touch. He mentioned he had a guy coming in to deal with it who was going to move the plumbing and then drywall it. I don't know who the guy is so I shouldn't assume he isn't a licensed plumber, but I've neve met one who did drywall too. It's annoying to be undercut but I'm not about to fiddle with things I'm not insured to fiddle with.
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you can buy a pack of business cards at walmart for like 20 bucks, you design it on the website and then print them off and pull them apart and you have like 100 cards. i use wave apps online to do all my accounting and invoicing. its similar to quikbooks but its free. and to generate leads, go to thumbtack or something similar. id recommend staying away from home advisor just in my personal experience, but its up to you.
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Not sure if this is the right spot for this. Please move if its not. Sorry in advance.

Im kicking around the idea of starting a handyman service, i feel comfortable doing a little bit of everything. If a bigger job comes along ill play it by ear to step down.

Now i have a general idea on how to start but hints, tips and tricks are always welcome.

I will not be doing work that will require a permit (like i said bigger job) just some odds and ends things. I.e paint a room, fix a door, chalk a tub, ext.

Should i invest in cards? How should i go about with a work order, if any? Im not the best business man ever, ill swing a hammer all day though.
I started out just like you it sounds. Very simple doing the basic jobs. A few things I learned along the way that are worth noting:

1. Be professional. You don't need to show up in a suit and tie, but having clean looking clothes and being on time is worth it's weight in gold right now.

2. You'll be asked for business cards and it's nice to have them but... I don't know that they've ever gotten me any work. If someone asks me for a card, I give it, and ask for their e-mail in return so I can send a "nice to meet you" note that day. It's harder to lose e-mails than business cards.

3. Be really careful with not having formal work orders and the laws around you. I made it about a year before I got burned. I worked for a client who kept adding on tasks for something like 2-3 weeks of total work and I figured all was good. When I sent him the final bill he responded with a note about Oregon law and how since the project had gone over $2000 in total costs that I was required to have a contract with him. The bill was 3k including materials, he offered me $1500 and said I could take it or try to sue. Since he was a lawyer that worked at the state capitol I figured I was hosed. Lesson learned.

4. I'd now argue that for a small operation your personality and presence is just as valuable as the work you do. Are you friendly with clients kids? Do you pet the dog or yell at it to get away? I've got guys on my crew now who are amazing workers but as soon as they talk to a client they completely fall apart "Oh yeah this job is amazing I'm just a dirty old pirate who finally broke his drinking habit and gave up on committing felonies!" hence... they don't talk to clients anymore.

5. The start is the hardest. I surfed social media sites and craigslist for several months chasing leads 16 hours a day. Some were a waste of time, others were amazing. You'll get a better sense for what's needed as you develop your business experience. The best client I've ever had was theoretically a terrible lead from craigslist. He needed the batteries in his smoke alarm changed out and lived 90 minutes away. I think I made enough to cover my gas money on that one. However, since then I've been asked to be his steady window cleaner, gutter cleaner, moss guy, have built him two trex decks, have rebuilt his fence, built custom wine racks, and completed various other handyman tasks. He also let me know that he's the manager for a large restaurant chain in the northwest and that if I ever wanted to be their steady handyman I could give him a call. So, all that being said, push hard for that first year to develop your business sense while also making your work perfect every time. It will pay off in the long run!

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