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…]
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…]
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…]
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.
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 a fast and easy way to get customers and grow your business. However, it’s a controversial subject with contractors. Some businesses are experiencing massive success with the service while others trash talk it and describe it as a scam.
So who’s right? And most importantly, should you use them to generate leads? That is the ultimate question I’ll answer in this article.
I’m going to discuss the controversial issues surrounding Home Advisor as well as the pros and cons of using it. I’ll also share my personal experience I gained while growing my handyman business and some tips for maximizing ROI with the service formerly known as ServiceMagic. [Read more…]
Hey, I'm Dan Perry, handyman business owner and entrepreneur. I successfully escaped the 9-5 and now 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.