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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…]

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…]

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…]

5 Reasons To Specialize With Your Handyman Business

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…]

Golden contractors in a race to win the job.

Are you tired of customers disappearing after you give them a quote?

You’ve just spent your valuable time to provide a quote and you think you’ve quoted the right price, but they just don’t call you back.

Why?

What did the other company do that you didn’t?

It’s impossible to know for sure and there could be a thousand reasons WHY you didn’t land that job. And, many of those reasons are outside of your control.

Maybe the customer is just a tire kicker. Maybe they just need an estimate to submit to insurance. Or, maybe they don’t like you because you look like a guy who bullied them back in high school.

You’ll never land every job you quote, but you can significantly increase your chances with the right strategy and mindset.

In this article, I’m going to share 5 simple and effective tips that you can use to start landing more jobs TODAY (without dropping your prices.) [Read more…]

6 Strategies For Taking Action Everyone Should Know

Man on top of mountain.

One of the most powerful insights I’ve gained since starting my first business is that there is an abundance of opportunities.

There’s always a way to get more customers.

There’s always a way to start a business even while you’re working a full time job.

There’s always a way to increase your rates so you can work less and profit more.

In fact, if you ever stop and think about all the opportunities to improve your life or business, it’s pretty amazing. Even overwhelming.

Almost anything you could possibly want to learn is now taught online, and if the information isn’t online, the person who has that information can likely be found online.

With all this knowledge at our fingertips, why is it that most still aren’t achieving their goals? If it’s possible for one handyman to make 6 figures while only working 4 days a week, why aren’t all handymen doing the same? [Read more…]

Word Leads in yellow on black background

Buying leads can be a great way to grow your handyman business fast, especially if you are just getting started.

Not only does it get you in front of customers immediately, it allows you to piggyback on the trust of a more established company.

But, just like anything else, if not done properly it can end up costing you much more money than it’s worth. It’s pretty obvious that if you don’t turn leads into actual customers, it’s not going to help your business much. In fact, it’s going to hurt it.

I successfully used paid leads to help grow my handyman business, and in this article, I’m going to share six of my best tips and strategies I learned in the process. [Read more…]