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The year is fresh and there is so much potential for 2018.

Maybe this is the year you finally start that business.

Or maybe it’s the year you’re going to really take your business seriously so you can maximize it’s potential and make more money.

Regardless of your current situation or goals, it’s easy to be optimistic during this time of year. You’ve got almost a full 12 months ahead of you after all.

And that’s great, optimism is a good thing. It makes you happier and being happy can boost creativity, productivity, and lead to more money and even a longer life.

Unfortunately, the optimism also creeps into our minds in another area – our motivation. Since we are so motivated right now about achieving our goals, and they all seem so doable, we tend to think that we’ll always be this motivated.

“This year’s going to be different” we tell ourselves, “I can feel it.”

But is it really? If so, why? What are you actually going to do differently this year that will lead to different results? Seriously, stop and answer that question.

I don’t mean to be a downer, but let’s get real for second, because until we do, NOTHING IS GOING TO CHANGE. [Read more…]

Handyman Schedule Calendar

Do you ever feel like your schedule could be more efficient? Like you have too much downtime in between jobs or you’re spending too much time driving around and visiting customers?

Or, are you having a hard time estimating how longs jobs will take, so you’re unsure how long to schedule for them? Maybe a repair takes longer than expected and throws off your entire schedule.

Or, are jobs that take less time than expected leaking money from your business?

If you’re like most handymen, the answer is…YES. And here’s the deal – Scheduling mistakes can cost you thousands of dollars per month. No, not just a few hundred dollars…thousands. [Read more…]

Don’t Make This Mistake When Pricing Your Services

Pricing Mistake Business

I was talking to my brother last week and he mentioned a business idea that he had. 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 some of them all too common mistakes.

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 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. [Read more…]

Wave of marketing advice

Why do some handymen have too many customers and others don’t have enough? Is it location? Is it skill level? Is it how much they charge?

When I polled my readers a few weeks ago…

  • 35% said they didn’t have enough customers.
  • But 25% said they had TOO many customers and couldn’t keep up with demand.

Why such a big difference? What are the 25% doing that works so well? It’s probably not what you think.

Last week two of my existing customers called me to handle some door repairs. Normally this would be business as usual, but the reason they called was unusual.

Those existing customers didn’t call me because I was the first handyman to pop into their heads, or because I’d been working for them for several years, which I had. [Read more…]

Insured handyman giving a quote

Time to talk about the I-word: insurance. If you’re starting a business, the topic has probably come up along the way. And if you are anything like me, you might associate the term “insurance” with stacks of paper, confusing words, and a mild headache. But working as a licensed insurance agent at Next Insurance – a Silicon Valley tech company focused on improving handyman insurance for entrepreneurs like you – I can say that I am optimistic about the future. The world of insurance is changing rapidly and it’s now easier than ever to get your business covered in a timely and affordable manner.

In this article, I’m going to lay out some common myths and mistakes when it comes to handyman insurance so you can feel confident knowing you’re covered if you ever damage a customer’s home. [Read more…]

Prison bars escape

I used to wake up each and every day with one single question on my mind…”how many days before the weekend?”

I was counting down the days because I, like millions of people, hated my job. Some people just aren’t meant to live in a cage.

But since I’m not a trust fund baby, I needed the money. I also had no idea how to start a business and I definitely didn’t want another job.

That was 6 years ago. Today I thoroughly enjoy my freedom. I get to wake up without an alarm clock, randomly take days off to go kayaking, and I spend the majority of my time on projects that excite me.

In order to attain that freedom, however, I had to learn a few lessons. A lot actually. It turns out my assumption about starting and running a business were way off base. Most people’s are.

One of my biggest challenges was [Read more…]

If you’re on the hunt for the best knee pads, you already know that most knee pads are terrible.

They flop all around, slip out from under your knee, and end up turning into ankle pads two minutes after you put em’ on.

It’s surprisingly difficult to find a good pair that stay in place and don’t annoy the hell out of you while you’re working.

But, there are good knee pads out there. And in this video, I’m going to share the best of the best so you can work comfortably and efficiently. [Read more…]

Why Starting a Handyman Business Isn’t Risky

Low Handyman Business Risk

If you want to start a handyman business, whether full time or part time, you probably have some fears holding you back. The idea might seem risky.

And that actually makes sense on an emotional level. Your brain is designed to fear the unknown. But I’d like to share why there is actually very little, if no risk at all.

In fact, it’s likely more risky NOT to start a business that puts you in control of your finances and life. The consistent pay and benefits that comes with a 9-5 give a false sense of security, which is only obvious to those who [Read more…]

How to Remove a Fence Post The Easy Way

Removing an old fence post can be a pain in the ass – especially if the post has rotted and fallen off. That’s because fence posts are set in a concrete footing that is usually at least two feet deep in the ground.

You could dig it out, but that takes too long. Have you ever dug 2′ deep hole before? If you have hard-packed or rocky soil, even digging down 6″ challenges most people.

But, luckily for you, you aren’t the first person to come across such a challenge. [Read more…]

Handyman Safety Equipment

The handyman business is a healthy profession – especially when compared to working a desk job. I personally feel much better when I’m working with my hands all day when compared to hunching over a keyboard.

But still, there are health risks that come with the territory.

Sure, there are obvious risks like cutting off a finger or losing an eye. But, there are other health risks that deserve equal attention to avoid.

Toxic chemicals, dust, and certain repetitive movements may not have an immediate effect on the way you feel, but they can significantly impact longevity.

Since I’m all about increasing my functional lifespan, I’m always on the hunt for ways to reduce these un-assuming risks. Not only is it better for my health, but it makes the job much more enjoyable when I know I’m not ruining my body.

So, in this article, I’m going to share the tools and equipment I use to keep myself safe and healthy while running my handyman business. [Read more…]