It took me a long time and some deep soul searching before I finally decided to start my own handyman business. There are so many questions for somebody considering this profession, such as how much does a handyman make? What skills do you need? Is there enough business out there? I’ll answer those questions in later posts, but this post is going to be focused on a deeper subject. LIFESTYLE DESIGN. You may have heard of it before, maybe not. Either way, I believe designing a lifestyle that provides you with fulfillment is the key to happiness.
Unfortunately, most of us spend our time submitting to society and letting the masses force their values upon us. We constantly think that we “need” to do something simply based on whatever influences we’ve had along the way. It’s important to break away from this thought process and figure out what you want and makes you happy. Only then can you start taking the steps to achieving what most do not: Happiness.
What do you want?
I know what I want. I want the freedom to be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want to do it. Unfortunately I don’t see that happening anytime soon.
Let’s do a little exercise. For the sake of this exercise, let’s say you have Bill Gates bank roll and zero responsibilities. How would you fill your time and provide yourself with fulfillment? Seriously, take 2 minutes to think about this. That is the truly difficult question to answer.
You could travel the world on your own yacht, buy the Laker’s franchise, and own every sports car you can get your hands on. But, I seriously doubt this will provide you with long term fulfillment.
So, think for a while what you really want in life. What makes you happy? When do you feel best? At what point in your life were you the happiest and why? Hopefully these questions will give you some insight whether a handyman business is right for you.
If your like me, you’ll end up realizing that it’s not about the end goal, it’s about enjoying yourself as much as possible along the way. I can honestly say that if I didn’t have to work, I would still want to provide a service to people. It just makes me feel good.
When I asked myself the questions above, I came up with list of characteristics that I wanted from a career. Some of these characteristics are absolute must haves, and others would be nice, but not necessary.
- Freedom. I have a bit of a problem with authority and don’t like being told what to do. Business ownership was the only choice. I have the freedom of taking time off when necessary and not a measly 2 weeks/year. Although, I find myself with too much time off occasionally.
- Working in the physical world. Computers are amazing, but they’ll drain your soul if you let them. Plus, I just feel way better when I’ve been up and moving all day.
- Challenge. If I’m comfortable, I’m bored. Life’s too short to be boring. Take risks and leave your comfort zone. It’s the best way to learn and the only way to accomplish great things.
- Options. I like having several doors to choose from. If you reach a point where you only have one option to move forward, move back instead. Then choose a better door. When you’re self employed there are always multiple doors.
- To be necessary. It’s important to me to matter, even if it is just to an old lady that needs her curtains hung.
- Last but not least, good money. It’s a necessary evil. If I could go back and live with the Native Americans 300 years ago, I would and wouldn’t give a sh*t about money. But let’s face it, I can’t do that.