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…]
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.
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…]
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…]
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…]
Installing a flagstone patio or path can give your landscape design a huge boost, and really impress your guests (or customers if you happen to be a pro).
I love the natural feel they give to a landscape design. Instead of just using boring old paver blocks, or even cement, flagstone will make your backyard more interesting and unique.
In this article, I’m going to share exactly how to install a flagstone patio (or path) easily and without the use of concrete or special tools.
Just like everything else, there is more than one way to get this job done. The method I’m showing you is optimized for a balance between simplicity of installation, longevity, and a high quality professional look. So, not only will it be easy to install, it will last a lifetime.
The small tasks of running a business can add up quickly and drain your valuable time and energy – even in a simple business like a one-person handyman business.
Anytime you can eliminate, streamline, or automate these small tasks, you should because doing so can dramatically increase your profits and make your business more enjoyable.
And that’s where software can be a game changer.
In many cases, the right software can literally transform your business – allowing you to provide better service to customers, simplify your work flow, reduce paperwork, and even make your business more fun.
I use all kinds of software to run my businesses – from note taking apps like Evernote to e-mail auto-responders like Aweber.
But, the one piece of software I’ve found indispensable for a handyman business is [Read more…]
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…]
Hey, I'm Dan Perry, handyman business owner and entrepreneur. I successfully escaped the 9-5 and I love what I do. I created this site to help others understand business and marketing so they can turn their home repair skills into profitable businesses. Be sure to sign up for my e-mail newsletter for exclusive VIP content.