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How to Start a Handyman Business

Most people dream of being their own boss. It seems like the American Dream. Work doing the things you love while making money only for yourself. Well, it is a dream in that aspect. There is a lot more to know.

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While you will make money only for yourself, you may have weeks where you make no money. Also, there is the risk of taking on more jobs than you can perform.

You should check with your city and county for what licenses are required. To be a handyman sometimes requires both a city and county license. Also some states have strict regulation regarding businesses. Be sure to check with your city, county and state for what the requirements are. If you will be collecting sales tax, you will also need to have a tax identification number.

You may need to establish credit with suppliers. Companies like Lowe’s and Home Depot offer small business credit accounts. This would be appropriate for your new company that will need to purchase materials for each job. Equipment rental companies may set up a charge account for your handyman business with the bill payable at the end of each month.

Now that the ground work is laid, you will need to find work. You can do this in a multitude of ways. You can start by printing business cards and flyers that explain what work you can do. Hand these out to neighbors, friends, and every stranger you see. The more that is out there, the better chance someone will call. You may also run ads in the local newspaper and classified magazines.

You may want to join an online referral service. These websites offer names of people are who are looking to have work done. There is a price for each referral, but for a new business starting out, this will at least get you started.

Once all of this work is done, you will finally be able to start work and make your first dollar. When you do, spend it wisely. There is no guarantee when your next pay day will arrive.

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