Thursday, August 25, 2011
If you’re good with your hands and don’t know the meaning of “DIY” disaster, you might be able to turn your skills to more than just goosing up your own home. There are a lot of people out there who are useless with what seem to be the simplest of household repair tasks and those with the know-how to help them out stand to reap the rewards. Handyman jobs are never in short supply and the great thing about most of them is they don’t require you to have in-depth knowledge of every possible repair you might come across – it’s enough to be a “jack of all trades”!
Becoming a handyman is a low cost and easy way to earn some extra money on the side or can even be turned into a fulltime job. All you need to get started is your own transport and a toolbox of basic equipment – you set your own hours and you can also decide what you are and aren’t happy to do within your job: if you have particular skill with decorating jobs, for example, you might want to add this to your roster of “jobs done”, and if you’re a skilled carpenter you could look into building porches, balconies, bird houses and other features for customers’ homes. If you have any plumbing skill this can be a massive money spinner, as plumbers tend to set their prices high for even the smallest task – you can afford to undercut most of them to make a tidy profit.
So you have your vehicle, your tools and your skills to hand, now all you need is to get your name out there. Most handymen work with a regular list of customers they have built up over the years, but as a beginner you won’t have this. You should look to build up regular customers by advertising in local publications, handing out flyers, or advertising yourself on online classifieds sites for your area.
Once you get your name out there you should find it very easy to turn your hobby into a money making job!