As an established handyman business owner, I’m constantly getting cold-called by services offering to “get me to the top of google search.” They also say things like “we are only going to work with one handyman in your area” or “we are a partner of Google.”
They are selling SEO services.
Fortunately, I know how internet marketing works and I don’t fall for this valueless money-pit of a scam.
But, it’s obviously working on other people, otherwise there wouldn’t be hundreds of these companies popping up and continuing to call me and other small business owners.
I’m writing this article for two reasons. One, to save you from making the mistake of paying for cheap, spammy, SEO services. And secondly (and more selfishly), to reduce the effectiveness of these cold-calls so maybe my phone will stop ringing with them!
In this article, I’ll explain what SEO is in case you don’t know. Then, I’ll discuss why you shouldn’t pay for it and what to do instead. [Read more…]
As if Amazon didn’t have enough products to sell already, they are now in the business of selling services. That’s right, you can now hire a handyman, or offer your handyman services through Amazon Home Services.
What does this mean for handymen and other service providers? Should you partner up with the internet giant to grow your business?
In this article, I’m going to explain what Amazon Home Services is and what it means to you – the service provider. [Read more…]
Are you just starting your handyman business and wondering which tools you need to carry with you?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple answer. It pretty much just depends on the services you offer. As I’ve said before, just because you’re a handyman doesn’t mean you have to know how to do everything or even be prepared for everything.
Spend some time deciding on the services that you will provide and then get the tools required for those services. Or, even better, just buy tools as you need them. That’s what I did.
Eventually, you’ll get your tool situation dialed in to fit your style.
Personally, I have a minimalist approach to the tools I carry with me to keep things simple. If I don’t need to cut mitered edges, I won’t bring a chop saw. If I’m not going to do a lot of cutting or benchwork, I leave the sawhorses at home. This not only eliminates the need to tow a trailer, but helps keep my truck clean and organized.
However, there are certain tools that I use often enough to where they have a permanent home in my truck. Here are the 7 power tools that I never leave the shop without. [Read more…]
Having the right tools not only makes a job easier, but it also makes you feel like a badass.
When customers give you that perplexed look like “how are you going to get that out?” or “I can’t figure it out, maybe you can get it.” Then, you come in and by simply having the right tool, you complete the job with ease. It’s impressive to the customer, and like I said above, it just feels good.
Most must-have tools are pretty obvious, but there are some less common tools that I think are just as important for a professional handy person.
Here are 9 of my favorite uncommon tools that I can’t live without. [Read more…]
In this post, I’ll show you how to make your handyman website look like a professional designed it for a fraction of the cost.
After you complete this section, you’ll have a website that impresses your friends, family , and most importantly, your customers. You’ll acheive this by installing a pre-designed theme on your website.
And don’t worry, your website won’t look like anybody else’s website. Even if you use a WordPress theme, there are still infinite ways for you to customize, tweak, and make your site your own design without touching a lick of code. [Read more…]
Home Advisor PRO is an easy way to start growing your business right away. However, it’s a very controversial subject with contractor’s. Some businesses are experiencing massive success with the service while others trash talk it to no end and describe it as a scam.
Should you use the service for your handyman business? Good question.
In this post, I’m going to discuss the controversial issues surrounding Home Advisor as well as the pros and cons. I’ll also share my experience and some tips for maximizing ROI with the service formerly known as ServiceMagic. [Read more…]
With millions of people visiting Angie’s List each month to search for home related services, it definitely deserves some attention. As one of the leading home repair review sites on the internet today, you’d be crazy to ignore Angie’s list as a method for reaching customers.
Since I started my handyman business back in 2011, I have been testing the waters with Angie’s List to see if it is worthy of my advertising efforts and dollars. So far, I have spend about $750 dollars advertising with them, and received less than $300 in business as a result.
I’ve heard of several other businesses that have had good success with Angie’s list, so why am I different?
In this post, I plan on discussing the ins and outs of Angie’s list as well as giving some first hand insight into the lead generation giant. [Read more…]
I’m a handyman. I LOVE tools. I can never have enough tools. My iphone is without a doubt my favorite, and most powerful tool for my handyman business. Almost every part of my customer interactions are handled though my iphone including scheduling, taking notes, billing, and tracking payments. I’m also always on the lookout for that new app that is going to make my life even easier. In my quest to find the best iphone apps for a handyman business, here are the top 5 that I’ve managed to uncover. [Read more…]
It’s always good practice to separate your business from your personal life as much as possible. Getting a second phone line is an easy and effective way to accomplish this. In this post, I’ll show you the benefits of using a Google Voice phone number for your business and how to set it up. It’s easy, free, and well worth the effort. [Read more…]
Are you in the market for a cordless drill and want to find the best model for 2015?
You’ve found the right place. Unlike the other reviews online, this is a no BS analysis and review.
Best All Around Cordless Drill
DEWALT 20-Volt Max Li-Ion Compact Drill/Driver
(Click above link to buy now)
***UPDATE 7/27/2015: I have now been using the drill for over 3 years as my sole drill for my handyman business. I could not be happier with the way the drill has held up and continues to dominate. After constant daily use, the batteries still charge in less than 30 minutes and I get days of operation without recharging. If this thing ever gives out, I’ll buy another without hesitating***
Why should you listen to me?
- For starters, I actually use a drill everyday for my handyman business. (unlike some other reviewers you’ll find online.)
- Secondly, I picked up a few things while working as a mechanical design engineer that help me see through the crap.
- And last but not least, I only give recommendations on products that I use and am absolutely sure are quality products.
This isn’t the usual topic of this blog. I typically share strategies for starting/growing a handyman business. But I decided to share my input on what I think is the best all around drill for a handyman. In my analysis, I considered the following: [Read more…]