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What quitting your job feels like

Five years ago I quit my engineering job to start a business. Just like millions of employees across the world, I hated my job. The only difference between them and I is that I actually took the leap.

And you know what? It was the best decision of my life. Not only do I have ten times as much freedom as a result, it was an exhilarating experience to actually quit my job. It made me feel alive.

It was fun to tell my boss I quit and people gave me tons of respect.

To this day, whenever I tell somebody the story of me quitting, they’ll say something like “Wow, that’s really admirable. Most people would just stay and be unhappy for their whole lives. You actually did something about it.”

And when I hear this stuff, my ego expands. People give me all kinds of respect and it feels great – like I’m some ultra confident risk taker or something.

But I have a confession to make – that’s not the whole story. [Read more…]

As a professional handyman, it’s important to keep your customers coming back for more because that’s where the money is.

In fact, I bet that if you looked at just about any handyman business’s numbers, more than 50% of their revenue will be from repeat customers. And for most, existing customers will make up more like 80% of revenue.

There are plenty of strategies out there to help you keep customers loyal – and most of them are great. You should implement as many as you can.

But, I’ve never heard the fundamentals of keeping customers put so concisely as in Neil Gaiman’s commencement speech. [Read more…]

Marketing Makes Business Easier

I used to think that the best way to grow a handyman business was to become the most skilled and knowledgeable handyman.

After all, it seemed to make sense that the more skills I had, the more demand there would be for my services, and as a result, the more profitable my business would become.

There is some truth to that.

But, as I realized later, your success in this business is not a direct result of your skills or expertise. It’s more closely tied to your ability to communicate those skills and expertise to your customers.

Even if you are the best handyman in your city, it won’t matter if you can’t demonstrate that to others. Conversely, if you are the worst handyman in your city, but you can convince customers otherwise, you can still run a profitable business.

That’s fortunate for me, too, because I’m NOT the best handyman in my city. Not by a long shot. The only real experience I had before starting my business was doing a few small repairs on my own home.

Customers weren’t flocking to me when I told them I was opening my business, either. In fact, some of my good friends continued to hire another handyman after I started my business.

Even my friends didn’t want to hire me!

I’m actually thankful for that, too. The struggle to get customers pushed me to really master my marketing. And as a result, my business became far more profitable and enjoyable than it would have otherwise been.

Good marketing makes running a business a breeze. And it’s worth investing your time and money to learn. In fact, It will likely be the most profitable thing you do.

Here are a few reasons why… [Read more…]

Handyman Business Paperwork

Most people look at an organized person and think, “That person must really enjoy paperwork.”

But I think this is wrong. I’m pretty organized, yet I despise paperwork.

Here’s the more likely scenario. The most organized people just hate paperwork more than everybody else. In fact, they hate it so much that they’re willing to do anything to reduce the amount they have to do.

Just think about it for a second.

I’ll spend 5 hours creating a system for something that might otherwise only take 5 minutes. Who in their right mind would do such a thing? Somebody who wants to do less work later, that’s who.

I know I’ll save dozens of hours later, maybe even hundreds by creating systems that make the work easier or unnecessary instead of just putting out fires in the short term.

So if you struggle to stay organized, maybe it isn’t because you hate paperwork, but because you don’t hate paperwork enough. You just haven’t reached the tipping point yet.

Now maybe you aren’t hypersensitive to this kind of thing like I am, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from the time and effort I’ve spent trying to figure it out.

Here are a few things you can use today to save time on administration tasks in your handyman business. [Read more…]

How To Wall Mount A TV To Metal Studs

When you have metal studs, mounting a TV or hanging a heavy picture on the wall becomes slightly more challenging.

But, it’s still doable – and it’s all about having the right fasteners. So the first step is… [Read more…]

Fear of getting started

“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.” – Unknown

I had a lot of fears before starting my handyman business that nearly held me back from getting started.

And some of my biggest fears had to do with my level of confidence when fixing somebody else’s property.

I had the confidence to fix just about anything on my own home, yet the idea of actually fixing another person’s home (and charging them money to do it) was a completely different animal. It was a scary thought.

What if I made a mistake or broke something I couldn’t fix?

What if they asked me to do something and I didn’t know how? What would I say?

What if I wasn’t fast enough or the level of quality wasn’t high enough?

What if I got over my head on a project?

If you have these same questions, you aren’t alone. I’ve received dozens of e-mails from other aspiring handymen who are concerned with the same scenarios.

I hope this isn’t something that’s holding you back from getting started, but if it is, here’s why you can stop worrying and take the leap into business ownership today. [Read more…]

Apps and software for handyman business

Software and apps can make running your handyman business much easier.

In fact, since I started my handyman business, I’ve operated almost entirely from my phone, only using my desktop for monthly accounting and marketing purposes.

When it comes to managing customers, quoting jobs, taking notes, tracking payments, taking credit cards, or scheduling, it’s all done on this amazing little device they call an iPhone.

No paper what. so. ever.  I like it that way.  And, the best part is that all of this software is so affordable that anybody can use it.  For example, the main App I use to run my business only set me back $12.99. (now it’s only $5.99)

Not only does this technology save me some serious paperwork headaches, it adds value to the customer and makes my business more efficient.

So, if you’re still walking around with a notepad, a schedule book, and a rolex of your customers, it’s time to upgrade.  Here’s how to do it for practically no cost. [Read more…]

Thin wire bridge fading into fog

I was surprised, to say the least.

I had been working for this customer for well over two years, and suddenly they were questioning my pricing?

Nothing had changed with me. I still charged the same rate with the same trip charge.

Yet, there I sat, staring at my computer, reading an e-mail from a shocked customer who was upset about their bill.

“Was there a mistake with the invoice?” They asked. “What are these extra trip charges for?” and “Can you please call us to discuss this?”

Luckily, I’ve been doing this for a while, so it wasn’t a huge deal. I knew it was just a simple misunderstanding and as long as I didn’t get emotional about it, it would be O.K.

So, that’s what I did. I called them, explained myself, and worked it out. No big deal.

But, the story doesn’t end there. [Read more…]

How To Paint Kitchen Cabinets Like a Pro

Painting your kitchen cabinets is an easy way to transform your kitchen and if you do it yourself, it will cost you less than $200 bucks.

In this article, I’m going to discuss:

  • Different painting methods and which one to use for the best results
  • How to paint your kitchen cabinets step by step
  • Supplies you’ll need
  • The best paint to use on kitchen cabinets

[Read more…]

Find your niche written in yellow chalk

Are you offering too many services in your handyman business?

Or, are you thinking about getting started but aren’t sure if you have enough skills yet?

What if I told you that by only offering a few services you can actually be more profitable and significantly simplify your business?

The most common handyman business model is what I call the “big or small, we do it all” model, which is how I originally started my business.  This is a great model if you love to solve new problems and do a variety of projects.

The problem is that it’s a difficult to scale this model, and it’s often not as profitable as it could be due to it’s complexity.

The alternative is to choose a niche, or specialize in one or more specific services and focus on those.  From a marketing and business standpoint, this actually makes more sense.  Not only can this simplify your business, specializing can be more profitable.

Here are 7 reasons why you might want to specialize. [Read more…]