A handyman business caters for the UK family busy lifestyle that is spreading up and down the country where people simply do not have the time or want to perform DIY tasks. The average person in the UK works over 40 hours per week and when you add to this raising a family and a general “keeping up the Jones’s” attitude that many of use aspire too then there is no wonder that people want to pay somebody else to clear out their gutters, mow their lawn, assemble tedious flat packs or carry out general maintenance jobs around the house. Setting up a handyman business:

How to Start a Handyman BusinessHandymen or DIY enthusiasts are cashing in on this growing market and it is true that many retired people are looking to earn extra money by working from home as a DIY handyman.  Part time work is all very well but can you build  a successful business from scratch to earn a full time income?

The answer to that depends on your skill sets, willingness to learn and your customer service skills as there will be times where you will have to deal with difficult and very demanding customers.

Starting a Handyman Business
The problem with doing DIY jobs for people is that it is easy to say yes to everything where it is in fact best to write down what are and what you are not willing to do for people. This type of work covers a huge spectrum of skills from replacing a plug on a kettle to performing complex building work such as loft conversions or roof repairs.

Look in your local paper for existing workers who are prepared to take on the same work as will and don’t be afraid to ring these people up and ask for quotes. More likely these people have been doing this type of work for a long time and will know exactly what to charge.

Another important aspect is to think of a good brand name for your new business, People in your town or city will always remember a catchy name and you can get yourself further exposure if you have a website built for you. Marketing and getting new customers quickly is key to any new business so think of a memorable name and write down what jobs you can offer people before you move on to the next stage which is the working regulations you need to be aware of.

Handyman Certifications and Regulations
You don’t need any formal qualifications in order to trade as a handyman – experience is the number one requirement but if you want to perform other in-demand jobs then getting qualified as an electrician or gas engineer for example opens up a whole new avenue of potential work and clients.

The UK governing certification for electricians is NICEIC which you will need certification from if you intend to carry out electrical work such re-wiring a house. For boiler or other types of gas appliance installations then you must be registered with the Gas Safety Register which is quite expensive at over 400 pounds. Your local college can help you with any other types of training you feel are lacking, Summer courses are very popular at the moment and cover all types of DIY skills from carpentry to auto motor repair you can really give yourself an advantage over other local tradesmen by learning some new skills.

A note on sub-contracting : if you intend to sub-contract some work then there is a legal requirement for you to register with the CIS and that your workers are registered with HMRC.

How a Handyman Business Can Make Money
The number one factor you have to take into consideration is your reputation. Tradesman are unfairly branded as fly by night cowboys and although the vast majority care about the work they provide for people it is the bad  1% that make all the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Take care of your customers and they will take care of you – provide good, honest work at a high standard then your phone will not stop ringing. A good handyman is one of the most in-demand tradesman with word of mouth recommendations playing a crucial role in generating new leads and customers.

Once your reputation is good you can start to sub-contract and charge a little higher for your services. Job satisfaction for you is also very important and you will feel so much better knowing that you have carried out good work for your customers. Setting up a handyman business is one of the most self-satisfying businesses currently around in the UK.