Being handy around the house is a great way to get things done to your satisfaction and avoid shopping around for someone to help with your to-do list, but it can also become a good career. An excellent way to make sure your company is both legal and profitable is to make a detailed business plan. This document outlines your strengths, proposed products or services and applicable laws. It also includes specific aspects such as your ideal customer and projected marketing strategy.

Know Your Strengths

While not every handyman knows how to accomplish all household tasks, most have at least one they are particularly skilled at completing. This project is your strength and should be the main focus of your company. Listing your strengths gives you a menu of services you can offer your clients as well as a starting point for the list of tools and supplies you need. Keep in mind that most people want a handyman to come to their home and fix things on the spot, so devising a portable carrier with heavy duty wheels to transport equipment can give you more mobility.

Research Applicable Laws

Contracting laws vary between states, with some requiring you to acquire a contractor’s license to open a handyman company, and others requiring licenses only for specific trades or for larger repair jobs. Compare the list of services you can offer without a license to the list of skills you possess to determine whether it is in your best interest to become licensed or to reduce the services you offer.  If you want to hire employees in the future, you should research local, state and federal employment laws.

Define Your Ideal Customer

Your ideal customer is a vision of who wants your services and is willing to pay what your time and skills are worth. This can be a person you know, perhaps someone who has already asked for handyman work, but it can also be a generalization. Keep in mind how far you are willing to travel, the services you offer and your quality of work when defining your ideal. You can then target that demographic in your marketing.

Starting a handyman company can be a fulfilling way to be your own boss and help your community feel more at home. Putting in the work to define your skill set and ideal customer helps you develop a menu of services and price points you can offer. Be sure to research applicable laws around licensing to avoid getting shut down before you get started.