Starting a Handyman Business

In the United States alone, 70% of homeowners reportedly need maintenance and repair services for their homes which can range from repairing a leaky faucets or fixing wires and plugs of appliances. The problem, however, is that not everybody have time or have the necessary know how in fixing these supposedly little things.

Most of the households that encounter maintenance and repair problem often call for the help of handyman businesses. This therefore makes it a good idea to start a handyman business if you are looking for a profitable and in demand business to engage in.

Here are some of the things that you need to know when starting a handyman repair services business:

Requirements for Handyman Business

Individuals who want to start handyman business will generally need several licenses to get started. These include a business license and a contractor’s license. You will also need to get insurance and a safety certificate. It is also advised that you make use of a computer so it will be a lot easier for you to account and manage your handyman repair services business. By using computer applications, for example, you will be able to maintain a list your handyman business clients and to keep track of your jobs and earnings. You will also need to advertise your handyman service business so people who need your services will know about you. Make sure that you include your contact number in your signage so people will know what number to call when they need handyman business help and assistance.

Pricing the products

Knowing how much you will be charging your clients can be crucial to your handyman company. Your clients will find your handyman services too prohibitive if you charge too much. Offering your handyman services cheap may have advantages but you will difficulty recouping your capital and expenses if you offer your handyman business services too cheap. It is advised that you check out how much other handyman business operators charge their clients so you will get a good idea how to charge your clients competitively. You also have the option to charge for your handyman business services on a per hour basis or to collect a flat fee from your clients to accomplish a particular task. In addition to this, your service charge for clients who bring their items to your handyman company should be less than what you will collect when you need to visit a client’s house to make repairs and maintenance.


  • Gene smoudi said on April 22, 2009
    how much can i charge per hour, material not included. thank you
  • danny edward webster said on November 29, 2009
    I want to start a handyman business in Milledgeville, Georgia, usa. What are the required steps to take for state of Georgia?
  • Zebbra said on December 4, 2009
    Bronx, N.Y. United States. My husband use to do handyman work part time until he was laid off from his job. It use to bring in some money to compensate his full time job. I would correspond with the clients after he negotiated the price. My question is how can I get the jobs and have someone do the work for me. Is this possible? or do I have to be a handywoman to get the jobs.
  • gumer gonzalez said on March 8, 2010
    i want to start a handyman service in new jersey how much can i charge per hour material not included thank you
  • RAJESH.V.KOLI said on April 9, 2010
  • Nayem said on May 5, 2010
    i want to open a handyman business in New Zealand Auckland
  • michael said on June 26, 2010
    i'm i nj guy looking to start a handyman business!about how much will it cost to start a basic company
  • BlueDolphin said on July 19, 2010
    I am creating business out of handy jobs in State College, PA. Please share secrets for succession in these areas. Thank you.
  • Dixon said on August 3, 2010
    I started a business May 2010. I usually charge $60/hour and have had no complaints. I don't charge minimums or extra for the first hour or travel time, it only confuses people and makes them skeptical, so those costs are rolled into the $60. Getting started was easy and can be mostly done on-line in this order; IRS EIN number, state business name registration and "Articles of Organization", county business license (all for about $100.) Most work comes from local newspaper advertising and word-of-mouth.
  • kevin richardson said on August 28, 2010
    to began a handyman service what formal training do you need to get the proper license.
  • bob primavera said on October 24, 2010
    i want to start a handyman business and i don't know where to start. logan township nj. usa
  • JC Culver said on January 18, 2011
    I want to start a handyman business in Green Valley,AZ.USA. How do I start?
  • sunil said on February 22, 2011
    Hi Rajesh Kohli, I run a handyman business in bangalore with a brand name ays(at your service) I will soon be expanding via a franchisee across different locations. Get in touch if you are interested at
  • RICK said on March 1, 2011
    Do i need a contractors licence to start Handyman business I Live in LOS BANOS CA.93635
  • May said on April 23, 2011
    I would like to open the handyman business at Bangkok, Thailand. Do i have to made the insurance for clients? Thank you
  • christian rota said on February 8, 2012
    N.Y.C. what license do i need for handyman business
  • Alon said on August 15, 2012
    Cartersville, GA I would like to restructure my handygirl business so that I am doing everything within legal limits. I don't want or do any large jobs, just small residential jobs under $1500 per job. I have $100,000,000 in liability insurance already and do all the work myself. What all should I have to be totally legal? Thanks, can email me directly at Mentoring welcomed! Have Web Page FB fan page and invoices etc already. Would like some guidance or a checklist to make sure I am compliance. Thank you!
  • Jose said on February 5, 2013
    How much capital do I need to start a handyman business in tucson az With license and insurance
  • L.G said on March 22, 2016
    HI, How much money is required to st art a business as handyman in New Jersey.thanks


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