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Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Start a Handyman Business

This week (first week of July 2013) I’m taking the entire week off from my handyman services to celebrate Independence day and I couldn’t be more thankful for having that opportunity.

This excitement about my ability to control my schedule and take off time at my will has got my brain turning with all of the benefits that come along with owning a small business, more specifically, a handyman business.

You see, two years ago in May of 2011 I was still working at an office job that I, for lack of a better word, hated.  Sorry to be negative, but it’s true.  I had been working at this desk job for the previous 3.5 years and every day it seemed like a little bit more of my soul was draining away.

I’d sit there at my desk, across the room from my boss, feeling like I had been imprisoned from 8am to 6pm every. single. day.  I was 28, unhappy, unhealthy, and clawing desperately to gain the courage to turn things around and improve my life.

Finally, I mustered up the courage to say “screw a good paycheck and full benefits, I’m unhappy and something needs to change.”

So on Monday, May 3rd of 2011 I put in my notice and two weeks later I was free!  On that day I decided I would never live a life suppressed by “the man.”

Fast forward 1.5 months and I went camping with my buds and celebrating 4th of July.  Despite having no idea what I was going to do with my life or how I was going to pay the bills, It was the first time in a long time that I was truly happy and excited about life.  What an amazing feeling.

2 Short Years Later…

I’ve come a long way since then, figured some stuff out, and have started and grown my handyman business into something I’m very proud and happy to operate.

This week, I’m about to take that same trip to a Lake in the Mountains of Idaho to camp and boat with 9 of my good friends, just as I’ve done for the past 2 years since I quit my old job.

I am truly happy in the moment and am full of life and excitement about the future.  Quitting my job and starting my handyman business was one of the best decisions of my life.

This trip is really special to me because it not only represents America’s freedom and independence, but my personal freedom and independence.


In this podcast, I discuss the many benefits of owning a handyman business as well as some of the disadvantages.

This podcast is meant to help you decide if the handyman business is right for you.  And if you’ve already started yours, it is sure to make you happy you did!

Here are some of the key points:

  • The many financial benefits of starting a handyman business.
  • The many Lifestyle benefits of starting a handyman business.
  • The financial and lifestyle drawbacks of the handyman business.
  • The must have personal characteristics of a good handyman business owner.

I hope you enjoy the podcast, get inspired, and have an amazing 4th of July!

Happy Birthday America BONUS!

In celebration of American’s Birthday, I’d like to offer a FREE 2012 Yearly Report to anybody that leaves a review on Itunes AND leaves a comment below.  Thanks in advance for those of you that do and here’s to your freedom and independence!

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  • Drew June 30, 2013

    Hey Big D! Really enjoyed this podcast, and been reading your blog for about six months now. I’m looking at starting a handyman business when we move back to our hometown later this year, for most of the same reasons you mentioned in your podcast. The only things that I’m nervous about is (1) lack of professional experience in construction, and (2) wondering how long it will take to build up a customer base.

    • Big D July 6, 2013

      Hey Drew,

      Thanks for leaving the review and replying to the question in the podcast!


  • Steve July 1, 2013

    Hey man,
    nice blog you have here, looks clean and professional.

    I love handy work, been doing all sorts of jobs and fixes since I was a kid, and I still love it.

    Keep sharing your tips!

  • Joe July 2, 2013

    Hey BigD Thanks for this podcast, I was right at the point, should I shouldn’t I … But you inspired me a lot , and I have the confidence to go for it and start my own business! Many Thanks and looking forward to the next episode! Keep up the good work!

    • Big D July 6, 2013


  • PATRICK FEARICK July 4, 2013

    Would love to leave a review on I tunes but have no clue how. May be why not that many people are leaving them. Its not readily accessible. Please let me know how so I can get free yearly report. Thanks. Pat- owner

    • Big D July 6, 2013

      In order to give a review on itunes you need to have itunes downloaded on your computer or phone.

  • Hey Big D, your thinking is really great and I am very happy to read your blog that you start your own handyman business. Best of luck and may god give you all the things you want. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Big D July 14, 2013

      Thank you!

  • Ant July 13, 2013

    Big D.

    Just downloaded you Podcast yesterday and listened to the 1st 3 episodes. I am looking to start up a Handyman business here on Long Island, NY. I will be getting a contractors license through the local county and will get licensed and insured to make my business “legit.” Too many handyman services I notice, at least where I’m from, are unlicensed and unreliable. I want to brand myself as an honest and reliable guy.

    I have been doing handyman work over the years, albeit remodeling bathrooms, kitchens, molding, sheetrock, electrical work. I am going to attend one of the technical schools in the area that offer Home Improvement courses, electrical and plumbing. I would like to at least show some competency to my prospective clients if they ask what my credentials are. I think if I responded that I know how to do Handyman work “because I know how” may not be enough and turn off clients.

    So my question is: Do you think taking various courses through a Tech School is a good idea?


    As a side note, I recently retired from my former full time job and I collect a pension, so I would look to have the Handyman income supplement my pension. The pressure to work full-time to “make ends meet” is not there for me at least.

    • Big D July 14, 2013

      Thanks for listening and reading!

      Do I think taking various courses through a Tech School is a good idea?

      I think it is a good idea if you are looking to improve your skills and knowledge and you have the time and energy to do it. However, from my experience, those types of credentials aren’t something any of my customers have ever asked about. If they ask me where I learned my skills I tell them from experience working on my own home and with my step dad when I was younger. The credentials that really matter are the online reviews and other types of social proof such as recommendations. So If you want to take those classes just to learn some new skills or improve your existing skills, then I’d say go for it. But if you are looking to sell your services, you need to build a reputation.

  • Joseph July 15, 2013

    These are really great tips for starting your own handyman business. I’m a handyman looking for a full-time job in Petersburg, Virginia. I wonder if it might be better just to start my own business. Again, thanks for the advice on starting your own handyman business.

  • Duane August 1, 2013

    I enjoyed you pod cast I am thinking of starting a handy man service I was evolved in the construction business for over 27 years. Been out of it for 5 or so years and started looking for info on starting a handy man business and came across your site. I like the info and its making it a lot easier to make a decision thank you for the help.

    • Big D August 2, 2013

      Your welcome!

  • Phil December 10, 2013

    Hey Big D, It was an awesome podcast. You can tell that you love what you do. I have been in construction for 30 years, for other companies. I have also been doing side jobs for the past couple of years. Now its time to take it to the next level and make it a professional Handyman business. As for my concerns starting it, is that there is so much to do, as for as setting it up. It can be overwhelming at times, but I can see that your website can help a great deal with the things I am struggle with.
    Thanks and stay blessed

    • Dan Perry December 10, 2013

      Thanks and good luck getting started, Phil!

  • LittleD December 11, 2013

    Hey Everyone,

    I’m not a handyman myself, just a business owner. I’m really impressed with the podcast. Very well put together. Before I started my business, the thing that held me back the most was not having the right people around me. I’ve learned a lot by searching for people much smarter than me and asking them questions.

    Best of luck to everyone. By being on this site I’m sure you have two steps on your competition.

    • Dan Perry December 11, 2013

      That’s a great tip, David. Such a simple concept but yet so under-utilized. Thanks for listening!

  • Brian December 29, 2013

    I have been thinking about starting up a handyman business for a couple years. This is a really great website, and it has inspired me to start up something small until I get a customer base.


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