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What quitting your job feels like

The Unfortunate Truth: What It REALLY Takes To Quit Your Job

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.

In fact, if you were in my shoes, you’d probably do the same thing without hesitation. I’ll tell you why in a minute, but first let’s talk about…

What It Takes To Make Bold Moves (Like Quitting Your Job)

I think it was in a Tony Robbin’s book where I first learned the concept that human behavior can pretty much be boiled down to two things – avoiding pain and seeking pleasure, with avoiding pain being the stronger influence of the two.

That’s it. There’s nothing else. Just pain and pleasure. If you believe something will bring you pleasure, you’ll probably do it. If you believe something will help you avoid immediate pain, you’ll almost definitely do it.

Of course it’s not always that binary. Sometimes things that bring pleasure also bring pain. Drinking copious amounts of booze is a good example. It feels great at the party, but the next day sucks.

And some actions that are painful bring lots of future pleasure. Exercise is a good example. It might be painful to do heavy back-squats, but you’ll be rewarded with the strength and health later.

When something is both painful and pleasurable, then we make a judgement call about whether or not the pros outweigh the cons, usually on a subconscious, emotional level. This is rarely a rational decision which is why people skip workouts and drink too much all the time.

Even altruistic acts like donating to charity or volunteering fall under this paradigm. If you care about a cause enough to donate your hard earned cash, that’s probably because it actually pains you to see suffering, even to the point where giving away your money makes you feel better. Or, maybe you feel guilty (pain) or just want recognition (pleasure).

In the case of quitting your job (assuming you hate it), you are faced with one of these pain/pleasure dilemmas. You have one painful option – which is to stay at your current job. Then you have another painful option which is to quit your job. This would be great and bring all kinds of pleasure, except the whole fear of the unknown thing.

What if you fail and you’re worse off because of it?

Fear of the unknown almost always overpowers the pain of staying in a job you hate. The small possibility that things could get worse will paralyze most people.

But in some cases like mine, the pain of staying finally overcomes the fear of the unknown and shifts the decision to quitting.

It’s kind of like jumping off a 50′ cliff into a deep lake. That’s just high enough to scare you, but not high enough to hurt you (unless you do a belly flop). Most people won’t jump. But, introduce a hungry lion to the scenario backing you off the cliff, and suddenly they become really fond of taking that leap.

It often takes being backed against to wall for bravery to emerge. Which leads me to…

…The Real Reason I Quit My Job

The truth is that I wanted to quit my job long before I actually did, but the fear of the unknown kept me pinned down.

..until things got worse.

First, I discovered that my house, which I just remodeled had $30,000 of water damage in the crawl space (which insurance wouldn’t cover since it was a pre-existing condition).

Next, my physical health took a nosedive. I don’t know if it was the stress, my diet, or sitting in a desk all day, but I just started getting injured easily.

I’d play basketball and both knees would hurt for weeks. I’d try going for a jog and my ankles would develop tendonitis. I even somehow developed tendonitis in both wrists, making it challenging to type or use a mouse. Since I worked at a desk job, this was a real problem.

At one point, I had chronic pain in both ankles, both knees, both shoulders, and both wrists!

It felt like I was in an 80 year old body, and I was only 28.

As a result of not being able to play basketball, run, jump, or even play the guitar without experiencing pain, I started getting depressed.

All of these things kept piling on, and I felt like the only escape was to quit my job. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do when I quit, but anything looked better than my current situation – even the unknown.

Only at the point where staying in that job finally became more painful than giving up my income was I able to finally quit.

It wasn’t confidence or courage. I quit because I had to. It was a simple pain avoidance move, as basic as removing your hand from a hot stove.

And the reason I’m sharing this is because I believe there’s a valuable lesson here, especially if you want to escape your day job.

The Only Two Ways You’ll Ever Leave That Job You Hate

Assuming this pain/pleasure dynamic is what actually controls our decisions, there are only two ways you’ll ever escape that job.

#1 – Your current situation becomes much worse (like mine did)

or

#2 – Leaving your job becomes less scary/potentially painful

Since we already know you aren’t going to choose option #1, that really only leaves you with one option: to make the idea of quitting less scary.

So how do we do that?

One way would be for me to try and convince you, but based on experience, it’s hard to talk fear out of people. Plus, in some cases that fear is for good reason, like if you have a family to support.

A more effective way would be to find a better job, or my favorite, start a business on the side.

When you have a side income of $1,000 per month or more and you know you can scale it up with more time, leaving your job becomes less risky. You now have a clear path, and fewer unknowns.

So, that leaves me with a question for you…What would have to happen for you to leave your job? Would you need to own a profitable side business? Have a new job lined up? A million dollars in cash under your mattress?

Leave a comment below letting me know. I’d love to hear from you.

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  • Gregory A Davis January 18, 2017

    Main reason I can’t leave my job is because my side job isn’t fully profitable. The reason I can’t upscale my business is because of my full time maintenance tech job 5 days a week. I work on the side both of my days off and also after work during regular work week. What would you consider I do?

    • Dan Perry January 18, 2017

      I would focus on increasing my rates if I was you – to the point you are actually profitable. With a handyman business, you should be profitable after just a few jobs each month. If you haven’t already, I’d recommend you give the $100K Handyman a read.

  • Hoyt Brady January 18, 2017

    My wife started a home repair business, 6 months ago. It’s only brought in about $3000.00 in total revinue.
    Funds are very tight. Would you consider sending us your program for free ? With a pay later contract ?
    Best regards
    Hoyt

    • Dan Perry January 19, 2017

      Hoyt,

      I share most of my content for free. I would recommend implementing what you learn in blog posts, podcasts, and free reports first. Then, upgrade to my paid material when you’re in a better financial place.

      Dan

  • Randal DeHart January 18, 2017

    Dan,

    Your article is an inspiration to anyone who is considering taking the leap of faith and opening a business.

    I especially enjoyed when you said “But in some cases like mine, the pain of staying finally overcomes the fear of the unknown and shifts the decision to quitting” words of wisdom.

    Warm Regards,
    Randal DeHart

    • Dan Perry January 18, 2017

      Thanks Randal!

  • Erich January 18, 2017

    I’m 53 years old and have been an electrical engineer for 25 years. I’ve pretty much hated about 24 of those years and would love to get out from behind a desk and just go fix stuff, help people, and have time to do the things I love to do. I’m fairly sure I could do well as a handyman, but the one thing that holds me back is the thought of retirement. I have some retirement savings but not as much as I should have at this point. The answer for me is, I need to feel confident that I could sustain a viable handyman business to an age to where I could retire, which would be much older than if I stay in engineering.

    • Dan Perry January 18, 2017

      So it sounds like you’d need to know you could generate the same income as your current engineering job?

      • Garry January 18, 2017

        Dan, I love reading your blogs and the inspiration you provide. It keeps me dreaming of the freedom I could have some day. Sounds like Erich and myself have the EXACT (I couldn’t have said it better) same “problem”….except I’m 2 years older. Amazing how much you start to think of retirement when you hit 50 and hate your job!

        For me, it’s the fear that I wouldn’t be able to replace my income and the consequence of a financial disaster at this point in my life. If I knew I could replace my income within 2 years, I’d quit tomorrow.

    • Chuck January 19, 2017

      I am also an engineer. I love coordinating engineering work teams, & rose into management over the years. The politics became worse as I rose, and I grew to hate my job. Great pay, crappy job. At age 58 the oil price fell (two years ago) & I could not find work – noone wants to hire an older guy with an impressive salary history. After a year of looking for any job I could find, I started my own handyman business, and I love my job again! I just had to have someone else cut the manacles off!

      My advice is, if you make pretty good money as an employee, adjust your living expenses to under $50k/yr. with the understanding that your take-home will likely exceed that at some point in the future. Do it now. Then pull a plan together to rely on generating income on your own with a sense of urgency, as if you will lose your job in 4 weeks. Then execute the plan. At worst, execute the plan when you get laid off – it will happen, eventually.

      • Rodney Sculthorpe March 21, 2017

        I’ve read through some of the posts, and am finding many people to identify with.
        I’ve been in IT for about 30 years, and have reached the Director level. I have an undergraduate in Computer Engineering, and an MBA. Like others, I have grown to LOATHE the politics and just sheer crap that I have to deal with. Some have told me that I just hate the place I work and not necessarily my job.
        However, I like others, want to get rid of the shackles and be free. Replacing my income is an issue, but I am starting my business with the intention of (no later than) 24 months from now, I will be able to hand in my notice as Dan did. And again, like others, I’m older (54) and have financial obligations as well as retirement to consider.
        I have to say that much of Dan’s information I have obtained from his $100K Handyman package, as well as his recent Handyman Marketing Machine, has provided some really good information. Some of the info he passes along that he has learned from a practical standpoint I have learned in the past as a part of my MBA, such as narrowing marketing niche’s and services. But it took hearing him say it to make it resonate with my foray into this new business. In the article above, Dan talks about weighting pro’s and con’s in making the decision between pleasure and pain. Dan, that’s called determining your marginal utility of a product or service (in Marketing terms) or determining how much value you receive from a particular choice, and the opportunity cost you expend in making the choice (the opportunity you miss with not choosing something else). Point is, Dan’s practical knowledge and experience is really helping me out. His information is a sound investment that I think will help me accelerate my business.

        Lastly, I would very enjoy being able to have a conversation with Dan just to share stories and such!

        Thanks Dan, for all of the information you provide. You sound like a guy I would like to know!
        -Rodney S

  • Derek Benson January 18, 2017

    Hi Dan,

    I want to thank you for all the information you have put out, it has been a huge help as I was setting up my handyman side business. I have been going for just about 8 months now and I’m starting to look into the details of quitting my day job.

    The one major aspect that is keeping me pinned to my day job is the benefits, mainly health insurance. I have a wife and 4yo daughter and going without insurance isn’t really a possibility. I have looked into some of the options to buy it outright and found that it could be around the $16k number! That’s a heavy load to handle on an unknown income, especially with a mortgage and vehicles.

    For the time being I am enjoying the extra income and I have found that by building a business that I really enjoy, I am happier at my 9-5. I have met a lot of really nice people and have built up quite the inventory or tools that give me the confidence to take on more jobs!

    Thanks again for all your shared wisdom, keep it coming!

    Derek

    • Dan Perry January 18, 2017

      That’s an interesting side effect of starting your business on the side – I’m glad to hear it made you enjoy your 9-5 more.

    • Chuck January 19, 2017

      Although I don’t know what will replace Obamacare, I can tell you that the premium subsidies are very helpful. You will not be paying anywhere near full price unless your MAGI is higher due to other sources of income.

  • Greg January 18, 2017

    I have been in business full time for 5 years now and six months ago I had a job offer with a local power company and I took it.
    Now I am miserable and all I think about is going back to the business. If anything I could say it was learning experience taking this job, I learned more about myself, good and bad things and I see where I could improve my business so that my business doesn’t control me.
    Dan I follow you and you are an amazing help to me. I admire what you do.
    I think I am going to go back to the business cause if I don’t I don’t think I will ever forgive myself.

    Thanks Dan!
    Greg

    • Dan Perry January 18, 2017

      At least you learned quickly. 6 months is nothing in the grand scheme of things.

  • Chad McCuiston January 18, 2017

    Hello Dan,
    I’d just like to say thanks for all the info you continue to provide. I’ve purchased The 100K Handyman and things are moving along nicely. My current situation is that I still have a day job and have been doing the Handyman work in the evenings and on the weekends. My day job is actually with a great company and is truly a good job. Just not for me! They pay me 80K a year and pretty much leave me alone for the most part. However, I have very little job satisfaction and am ready to get away from sitting at a desk all day. My hope is to quit my day job by 1 March and do only Handyman work from then on. I started the Handyman business a little less than 2 months ago and was fortunate enough to have a connection with a busy real estate team. They have been having me do all the repairs from their home inspections. I think this is a niche I will focus on and try to get connected with a few other real estate teams. Another thing that I have been doing is putting all my earnings from my Handyman work back into the company. I have purchased a cargo trailer and built it out to accommodate all my equipment. I have purchased more tools that I know I will be needing. The reason I’m waiting until 1 March to pull the plug on my day job is so I can start my full time business as a Handyman without needing to make any major purchases. I do have a question for you. Do you know anything about getting leads from a lead generation source called Smithjobs? I’ve been getting pinged left and right and am just a bit leery about getting notifications from a place I didn’t register with.

    • Dan Perry January 18, 2017

      Thanks for sharing Chad. Never heard of Smithjobs, though. Although I have been tricked out of $100 at one point by a fake lead gen. company.

    • Chelynne February 1, 2017

      Hey would you mind showing me what your cargo trailer is set up like .. we’re trying to decide how to go about thT

  • Paul Decker January 18, 2017

    I’ve have a part time Handyman business for several years and enjoy it very much. I’ve recently read your $100k Handyman and I’m implementing many the great ideas in your book.
    I’m reluctant to ramp up my business because of developing consistant work on a regular basis, its feast or famine. I’ve been using lead Services with marginal success. I’m taking steps to develop a web site, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you for your blog and the many publications you have produced, very helpful.
    Not sure I answered your question but I am glad I started my business.
    Thanks again,
    Paul
    Working Hands Handyman Services

    • Dan Perry January 18, 2017

      Hey Paul, Keep an eye out when I release Handyman Marketing Machine – it will help you go from feast or famine to just feast.

  • Matt Mimnagh January 18, 2017

    To leave my job today I would need to know that the health insurance I lose could be acquired in another way in order to keep my kids medical needs taken care of. Similar plans to my employer plan are $2k a month with $7k deductibles.

  • Andy January 18, 2017

    Hi Dan,
    After finding your website it has given me the confidence to look at starting up my own handyman buisiness. I’m currently employed and looking to start doing private work on the side. Your experiences in your 9-5 job really struck a chord with me. And your advice is priceless.
    I can’t thank you enough. Hopefully this is new and stress free chapter in my life.

  • William Miller January 18, 2017

    I got fired from a 23 year career job in October of 2014, and after working my way to the top of the industry I was in, I could not find work anywhere that would pay the 6 figure income I had gotten used to, so I started my own handyman business and I have become quite successful in the business and could not be happier in life right now. I enjoy reading and receiving all your emails Dan, and I always enjoy reading the information you provide in your blog posts. Congratulations, on your success, and keep up the good work.

  • Peter Dorrington January 18, 2017

    I have a side business but building it up is not easy, working on it

  • Chris January 18, 2017

    Nice article, some food for thought for anyone thinking of taking the leap.

    For myself, it was the best decision I ever made.

    I am a carpenter by trade, and had been working as an employee for years. I was working for a company doing “handyman” type service repair work. I did well, was promoted to a lead, etc. But wasn’t really happy with the way the company did things and what was asked of us sometimes. It came down to a meeting with the boss, and I choose my dignity over a secure job. Of course, I had wanted to make the jump for some time, and already had nearly all the tools required, as well as a work truck.

    I am much happier, enjoy much more flexibility with hours and time off, and am doing much better financially. Sure, it is more work with sending off estimates and invoices in the evenings, taxes, etc. But I would be hard pressed to going back to work for someone else.

    As far as saving money before starting- I actually started my business with two weeks work lined up, and in debt. Not ideal. But within six months I was doing better financially, and at time of writing this, this is the first slow couple weeks I’ve had in two years. Usually booked out weeks to months at time.

    Sometimes you just have to do it, without risks come no rewards. Just work hard, do a good job with the work and customer service, be professional and get insurance etc.

  • Jorg Schlagheck January 18, 2017

    Great blog, Dan. I had so many jobs I hated that I simply had to take control. I already had experience in the home improvement field and even some inquiries from people wanting me to help with repairs. It was easy to take the leap and start earning at least a limited amount of money for a limited time. The real challenge started when the work ran out. Since then it has been a roller coaster ride. Never steady for long, but never too quiet neither. Overall I’m much happier now and my business and brand is getting established in my city (Edmonton, Alberta). Like you, I enjoy working on my own and find it rewarding to do a job just a bit better than the customer expects, without adding to the cost. I’ve finished a major project last week and have not spent any advertising money in months. I just had two quiet days and now I’m already booked for jobs into next week. It is so much better than the “slavery” of a regular job.
    -Jorg

  • Travis Ostlund January 18, 2017

    Dan,
    I want to thank you for all that you provide from your experience to all the resources. I was in construction years ago then went into insurance for the last 10 years and this last year I was sick of it. I really enjoy fixing things and have a knack for it and then I found your website. Your website and all the insight you provided jump started me into wanting to start my own handyman business ( listened to all your podcasts on the way to my 9-5). I quite my job at the end of June, traveled for most of July, and started full time in August. I am in a network group called BNI and I got set up with the property management and they started sending me work right away. I then got in with 2 other property management companies and business took off. I have also grown my yelp page reviews which has been a great source of leads. There are pros and cons with working with property management but a good thing for someone getting into the business or back into it like me is it helps you see a lot of different things in a short amount of time. By the second month in business I was making the same amount as I was in insurance and have made more each month. I have felt more alive than I have in a long time and have even been able to take my 15 year old son out with me some to start teaching him some hands on stuff. Thanks again for all you provide!

    Travis

  • Gary January 19, 2017

    I have a slightly different story. I’ve had a fairly successful Handyman business for about 3 years now after working in the reno business. I have a few hundred customers, with about 90% of them from a monthly subscription to a home service website here in Canada.

    I’m a healthy 53 years old, and weight train 3-4 times per week. In the last few years I developed arthritis in my neck and shoulders, which means I had to drop a lot of overhead work like ceiling repair, ceiling fans, microwave installs etc. This seriously cut into my income. Two weeks ago I pulled my back carrying a toilet, and I’ve been down for that. So now I have to look at possibly offering even less.

    I love the work, and there’s nothing like the challenge of going into a house, seeing the problems, and knowing you’re going to have it fixed before you leave. Very satisfying. If you’re wondering – I charge $60/hour, and people constantly tell me what a great rate that is.

    I hope I represent a very small percentage of the Handyman population who have the opposite problem, and have to get out of this business. It sucks, but I’m probably not alone.

  • Joe Paradiso January 19, 2017

    Hi Dan,
    I have left my Project Manager job over four years ago and have been doing well in my full time handyman business. I have built a strong customer base that delivers recurring business as well as new customers weekly from referrals, but have fallen short of the income you claim is possible (100K+). I have tried raising my $40/hr. rate but get complaints that it seems too much. I understand getting it done faster would mean providing the same amount of value in less time and more profit for me, however as you know, there are always unforeseen difficulties on these jobs and they rarely go as planned. Also, there is all the non-billable time spent providing quotes, invoices and gathering materials. Apparently, either I am doing something wrong, according to your methodology, or there really isn’t a way to earn more. As you can see, I am a bit sceptical about this earning potential.

    However, I appreciate your efforts to legitimize this business by providing the portal for all of us to share experiences, as well as the tips you provide. But I can’t help wondering how much time you are spending managing this site as well as your business. Or, is the site your business and you are earning a better living from that than doing handyman work? Just curious.

    Joe

  • Mayur January 19, 2017

    Hi Dan

    I don’t know if its the universe talking to me, or if it is some type of clear message. But every time I have these recurring thoughts about quitting my jobs, you come out with a blog or a post and it hits every point. When I started my business in 2008, I had no idea what I was doing. I joined your Handyman Start up when you first got going and every since then I have grown every year. I am now at a point where I want to jump off that 50 ft building but still haven’t done it. I still have a fear, cause I have a family to support and need to bring home the same amount of income. Your blogs and post give me hope and I know in my mind that being a professional Handyman is only a matter of time Thank you for all of your help.

  • Mark Wood January 19, 2017

    Dan,
    I’ve been reading your blog and others for some time to get a sense of what’s going on out there. For myself the decision to quit my job was easy, major health issues and ultimately an amputation made the decision for me, I have since rebounded to a point where I can manage 4-5 hours a day 3-4 days a week. I have a thriving little handyman business that fills my bank and my free time nicely. I have a construction background so the tools and knowledge were easy, but I started with one Craigslist ad and it has just grown from there. There are basic rules that I have always worked by, that I learned early on from some pretty historic businessmen. “Provide a needed service well and success is guaranteed” and “Always do what you say your going to do when you say your going to do it” of course we need to do good work, manage your time well to provide value to the customer, always be mindful your in someone’s home so stay tidy and polite, remember word of mouth is GOLD. I do not own your book just wondering if you go into some of the basic rules for success in the service business. Mark

  • dale January 19, 2017

    looking at starting part time your information has been the best I have found to get started thanks

  • Jason January 19, 2017

    I, like others, am in a financial bind. While slowly working down debt with a miserable day job where I know I could run their company better than they do. I have a family, so health insurance is very important that an employer might offer. It would take either, a fair paying job with benefits, or my slow going company to shoot off for me to quit right now. No matter how much I bite my tongue. That’s how I feel anyways. Between a rock and a hard place. Thanks Dan.

  • Robbie Jeffrey January 19, 2017

    You have hit on point on every level of my cituation and yes I hate my job emensly and I’m in ascruciating pain from the work I perform and I do worry about my family if thing’s do not work out on my own.

  • Jon Shockley January 19, 2017

    Im a licensed & insured handyman. I’ve got extensive experience in full remodels of older homes which generally require more work. I also work a full time job. How do I do it? Spend my nights and weekends building my business. Is this sustainable? Heck no. But I will be quitting my ‘day job’ because after working hard I’ve built enough clientele to replace and surpass my daily income from my ‘day job’. This website is a great resource for those trying to get started.

  • Kevin Adams January 20, 2017

    Hi Dan’
    Great story i have been a maintenance manager for over 20 years i am starting my own HM Businesses as we speak will start PT and my goal is to quit My current Job in the Spring thanks for all you do i read your 100k HM and various other post fantastic you really have given me the courage to take the leap I know I can do this it will be hard no lie when you have a steady income for over 40 years , But Im going to do it i want to enjoy what is left of life Thanks Again Dan for you Inspiration

  • Craig Peterson January 21, 2017

    I think you are forgetting one contributing factor to fear of the unknown and why it is difficult for someone to quit there job that they hate. If your responsibilities become more important than your pleasure at your current job that you don’t like.The responsibilities I am referring to is my wife and kids. When I met my wife I was self employed, I could do what ever I wanted, had money and freedom. We had a child, we moved because our child has health concerns. We both started over, she stays at home and I took a steady job, with people I don’t particularly like, doing something I don’t enjoy.
    I stay in my miserable job because my pleasure now takes a back seat and my pain isn’t as bad as it will be if I can’t provide for my family.
    I still dream about the days when I was self employed and look to go back. Part-time is my next move. Starting over was harder than I thought, but a little pain for the right cause can make you appreciate what you had and have.
    Take care,
    Craig

  • Frank January 21, 2017

    I made the jump and I am currently developing my handyman business. The pain point I reached at my company was too great to bear. Thanks for the great content Dan.

  • Scott A Dagle January 22, 2017

    You are absolutely correct about the fear of failure. I presently do side work as a handyman, but I live in a rural Vermont where many of the residents are already handy themselves and it seems rather daunting to put all my chips in one bag and depend wholly on handyman work to make a living. Presently, I’m only bringing in about two or three hundred extra dollars a month on average, but I will admit that my side business is strictly word of mouth.

  • Paul January 28, 2017

    Dan – I can’t describe how much your website building “Handyman Startup Training” video has helped me gain actual business since I started DBA as seekonkhandyman.com, and I’m not even done implementing all of your helpful information. I only started in Nov 2016 and as of Jan 27th have covered all my startup and projected costs (including insurance) thru November 2017. I can’t wait to see your info on “scaling up”.

    • Dan Perry January 28, 2017

      That’s great to hear Paul! Congrats on your success so far.

  • George Russell February 5, 2017

    Hi Dan,

    I am starting my handyman company this week after being laid off from my regular miserable job. I had always thought I would become a handyman when I retired so I guess I needed to retire earlier than planned.

    I stumbled upon an incredible source for my business. I hired a designer for a bath renovation that I was looking to do at my own home. Talking with the designer I was able to get a better handle on what my competitors charge. I was also hired as a contractor for a good portion of their projects. The wholesale rate was more than I had originally thought I could charge retail.

    The feedback that I get from people I talked with is there is a real need for a good handyman. In Connecticut a handyman doesn’t need a license but the limitations usually push the handyman to get a Home Improvement License. Most of these guys/gals move on to the bigger jobs and leave the small jobs behind.

  • John February 27, 2017

    Do you think then handyman should be held to the same standard as a specialist in the field. Example I recently did a taping and painting job medium size thousand square feet didn’t come out as good as I would’ve hoped to been in the business 13 years. A drywall finishing contractor would’ve charged double of what I have done twice as good a job. I did a good job to guide the word for the big city general contractor doing work on his house . Obviously we attempt to do the absolute finest job every time we attempt service.

  • Alexis April 5, 2017

    I’ve been reading around the website for about an hour now and have been very impressed. You said Tony Robbins and I’ll be here for many more hours now! (Not that I wasn’t going to be here already 🙂 )

    Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us!

  • Adam Sharpley April 17, 2017

    First Dan, let me compliment you on your writing skills, it kept me engaged through out and my lips extended to a big smile on that cliff and hungry lion example :). Indeed pleasure, pain and their combination drive our lives. Well I would love to have either a potentially lucrative side job or lots of money stashed away some where before taking the plunge, though hungry lion in any form can override these two any time 🙂