The year of the pandemic has taught us all that we need to be creative about our sources of income, and millions of people around America quit their jobs in search for better ways of earning money.
If you’re a handyman of any type, you may want to consider working on your own instead of working for a company. Of course, the first advantage of being your own boss is that you can decide when to work and how much. Also, it doesn’t hurt that you get to keep the entirety of profits to yourself instead of taking a cut or having a fixed (salaried) income. Here are a few tips on how to do just that.
Equipment You’ll Need
Beyond the regular equipment related to your profession (paint brushes and rollers for painters, wrenches for plumbers etc) you will still need to buy a vehicle to transport you. Preferably, get yourself the best truck GPS you can afford, because you’ll need to reach your client’s homes and locations as fast as possible. It’s unlikely that you know every road in the county, so save yourself some trouble.
Marketing Your Services
You might have thought that your skills in your profession are enough to start working. However, you’re going to need to develop skills in marketing as well, or else you won’t be able to attract clients. It’s a good idea to have your “company” name on your truck, with contact details. That way, people who need your services will be able to find you. Another thing you might want to do is work on advertising online. That is, place local ads on Google, as well as on social media platforms. A good trick is to find Facebook groups of people in your area and place strategically timed ads there as well. Soon enough, you’ll find that your clients are spreading the word.
Have Some Spare Parts (If Applicable)
Suppose you’re a plumber, and one of the most common calls you get requires changing a part or a fixture. If applicable, buy a few and keep them in your truck. That way, if you go to a client and find that they need the part, you don’t need to go out and buy it because you already have it. This will save you time while also giving your clients a better experience.
Organize Your Billing System
You don’t want to arrive at a client’s home and then find yourself wondering how much is appropriate to charge. You should have a predetermined price list. Also figure out how much of a discount you can give your clients without getting into a loss. Your clients know you’re the boss, so they know that you don’t have to abide by any corporate standards. They are going to try to bargain on whatever price you give from your price list. Ideally, you should know these prices by heart—but feel free to keep a spreadsheet saved on your phone just in case you forget.