Making Utility Work Profitable: Turning Your Pastime into a Full-Time Job


Has anyone ever called you a “Jack of all trades?” Or are you highly skilled at fixing anything around the house? 

Maybe you’ve been doing odd jobs for years, offering repair services in your spare time away from your full-time job. Well, if any of this is true, you could probably take your skillset and turn your skills into a full-time profession as a handyman.

If you’re willing to put in a little effort, starting up your own handyman business can be easily accomplished by following a few simple steps. And if you’re already skilled in a variety of areas, you won’t need to spend any additional money on training or schooling.

People need repairs and renovations done all the time. And many homeowners simply aren’t adept at fixing problems around the home. 

If you’re interested in seeing if you have what it takes to become a full-time handyman, the following post can help get you started.

Choose a Niche

Choose a Niche

A niche is basically a narrower market focus. Even though you may possess skills that are easily transferable into jobs of all kinds, choosing a particular area of expertise will narrow your market and offer you the ability to establish yourself in a specific discipline.

For example, maybe general home repairs are where you’d like to start. And though this encompasses a variety of work, home repair is in fact a niche market that you can tap into. Or you might want to consider doing specific repairs such as roof repair, appliance repair, door and frame repair, or something similar.

The key to becoming successful as a freelance contractor is by building relationships and providing valuable service. And pretty soon, your name will become known in the community when homeowners share your reference with others who might need repair work done.

Professional Appearance

Professional Appearance

One part about being in business for yourself is that you have to go out and meet people in order to land jobs and build a list of clients. And to do this, you have to look and act professionally.

Picture this: you drive up to a prospective client in your beat-up 89 Ford XLT with a missing tailgate and rattling chassis. Chances are that client is going to have second thoughts about the type of work you’re able to provide. 

Basically, a professional appearance not only includes how you present yourself in public, but it also translates to your entire appearance, including the vehicle you use for work. But if you don’t have room in the budget for a brand new truck just yet, the good news is that you can rent one for an affordable price until you can purchase one of your own.

Don’t let your first impression go up in smoke. Ensure that you’re presenting yourself in the best possible light in order to land the jobs you’ll need to be successful.

Digital Marketing


If there’s one thing that’s true about business, it’s that if you don’t have a marketing plan, you’re basically dead in the water. 

Not many people are skilled at marketing themselves. But with today’s array of digital technology available, you’ll be able to spread the word without having to do much work at all.

Though you’ll still want to get out into your local community and meet with local professionals, you’ll also want to develop an online presence as well. And with social media business profiles being so easy to build, you can easily build an online presence by posting and sharing content about your business on a variety of platforms.

Building a business website is also a great tool to have as well because this is how many prospective clients will be able to check into your services.

If owning your own business has ever excited you, and you have the skills to make this a reality, putting in a little up-front effort will soon bring you the clients (and the success) that you desire.

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