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Most people know that the best way to get handyman work is through word-of-mouth referrals. This is the oldest form of advertising and still the most effective in this industry. It is a priceless form of advertising. You can guarantee to work be working overtime with happy customers. These happy customers will tell their family, friends, and even strangers who will, in turn, call you. That said, you need happy customers first, so where do you find them? Also, what if you want to grow faster than word-of-mouth allows? That’s why we’ve created this helpful guide on how to find handyman work in order to grow as a business owner. We hope this guide can help you to get those first customers that you can make very happy.
Quick bonus idea: Make sure your website has an online application for services. In this modern age, it’s a great way to connect with younger homeowners or busy business owners that don’t have time to call or visit you wherever you may be.
Being a Handyman Business in the Internet Age
We hope you know by now how useful the internet can be in everyday life. Chances are, you also know how useful it can be in running your business and everyday services. As an online insurance company, we are experts in utilizing the internet to help others. We do this through the selling of liability coverage, worker’s compensation, commercial auto, umbrella insurance, and more.
What may be getting clear is that the internet is a great place to market your handyman services as a handyman professional. Small businesses such as yours rely on using the internet to find jobs and perform their handyman services each day. Finding handyman work with your computer can be as easy as two simple steps.
- Social media for small business is a must. You can and should use all the big sites like Facebook, Linkedin, and Instagram. However, make sure you don’t overload yourself and make sure you theme your social media presence are relevant to your type of work performed. Keep a set of guidelines so that you always create the same voice for your company and don’t have to worry if someone else is helping you.
- Use websites that allow customers to ask for work they need to be done. On sites like TaskRabbit, Craigslist, and Indeed you can find and bid on these handyman jobs. You can put in your handyman services, offer your pricing, bid, advertise and even get long-term gigs based on which site you use and the jobs you are looking for.
Once you start to bid and obtain jobs, be careful about your schedule. Make sure you have enough time to complete all the jobs you have won. Completing these jobs as promised is what will make customers happy. Going above and beyond the call on your job site handyman work can ensure referrals, but remember you’ll need to have time to do that.
Government Handyman Work for Steady Income
Working for the government is a sure way to get steady work and steady work provides reliable income. This route is as simple as it can get. Head over to USAJOBS.gov to get take a look at jobs with government agencies. Though simple, this will be competitive and slow so don’t get put discouraged. Make sure you have all your paperwork in hand before you get started to save time. The government can ask for more than say, a homeowner. You’ll want to be sure you have your proof of insurance/proof of coverage from your insurance agency as well as any bonds and licenses you may need to prove you can work.
Bidding on Handyman Services from General Contractors and Home Owners
One way to grow that isn’t always internet based is bidding. If you have ever worked with a general contractor this may not be new to you. However, if you haven’t, it’s a wonderful way to get jobs. Remember to keep your bids reasonable, especially when you are specifically being called due to interest in your services. It can be a wonderful thing to get the calls, texts, and messages, just remember that you probably aren’t the only one getting them.
On that same note, make sure the price you ask for will still allow you to complete the job. You’ll still need to cover your expenses and earn enough profit whether you get the job or not. This means that you need to account for overhead like equipment insurance, commercial auto insurance, accounting, website costs, medical bills, and even property damage should the worst happen.
Other Considerations When Looking for New Handyman Work
As an insurance agency, we care deeply about keeping you protected as you look to grow your business. That said, when you are actively looking to grow your business, you need to make sure your business is ready for that growth.
Your paperwork and practices should be checked for growth readiness. If you only charge hourly, you might look into making some procedures for project-based work in case someone calls.
If you are thinking this might be the year to hire your first employee, you need to make sure you’re ready for that. You might need to look into things like workers compensation or general liability coverage if you don’t already have it.
You should try to schedule meetings with your insurance agent or insurance company, your accountant, and even a lawyer if you don’t already have one. By meeting with these people, they can prepare you for some of the lesser thought about things of business ownership and growth.
It’s important to know that as your business grows, your overhead will grow as well. Insurance cost will increase, your taxes might go up and in that way, your accountant might charge more as well. Overall, if you put your mind to grow, growing will happen.