Monday, March 10, 2014

Advantages of the One-Person Handyman Business by A. William Benitez

Advantages of the One-Person Handyman Business

By: A. William Benitez
Author of: The Handyman’s Guide To Profit: Using Your Skills To Make Money In Any Economy

Even though the economy is finally beginning to improve, we still face a serious unemployment problem. Many individuals have accepted one or more low paying jobs to make ends meet. Even with these jobs many people are losing their homes because their mortgage payments are no longer affordable. These situations together with the Affordable Healthcare Act have made self employment more attractive. Now you have a unique opportunity to start your own home based business and never again be at the mercy of some corporation for your livelihood.

The handyman business is the perfect, easy to start, home based business. With the present economic situation people are staying in their homes instead of purchasing. This is a large market for individuals with home repair skills. Major remodeling is also growing but that is best left to professional home improvement contractors. As a handyman you focus on small jobs that pay well and can be completed in less than a day and sometimes just an hour or two from selling the job to collecting for your work. In most cases a simple invoice is adequate instead of a complex contract.

For those with basic home repair skills a handyman business is fairly easy to start with a small investment. It requires a fair collection of tools but it's not necessary to have expensive, commercial duty tools to start. If you are already doing work around your own home your present collection of tools is probably adequate.

Handyman work is interesting and challenging while helping homeowners and small business owners to repair and maintain their homes or businesses. If you do good work and treat customers well, after a few small ads word of mouth will grow your business. Along the way you may pick up work from rental property owners who will keep you busy year around and bring regular income week after week.

Even if your knowledge is limited, you can increase your skills and knowledge by taking advantage of how-to books, home repair blogs, google, and Youtube. Every job you do brings you more knowledge, improves your skills, and increases your income. As your popularity grows you can increase prices. The handyman business definitely lends itself to supply and demand pricing.

Maintaining solid business practices will contribute to financial success. Managing your time well and keeping track of your costs will help you price your work for a good profit margin. Excellent customer service ensures you will always have all the work you want.

Accounting and collection are critical elements but now it is easy to do. After getting the appropriate licenses, opening a checking account, setting aside one credit card for business expenses, getting a cell phone for business activities, you are ready to set up good accounting practices to keep track of it all. This is done easily with an inexpensive online accounting service. Finally, you can set up to accept credit cards with a low cost, simply service like PayPal.

Home repair and improvement is a multi-billion dollar business. Companies like Home Depot, Lowes, and other home improvement stores service this demand and you can also. Homeowners everywhere are making repairs and improvements to their homes. Most of them will need help and you can provide the service and make a profit at the same time.

The Home Repair or Handyman business has so much financial potential that there are even handyman franchise opportunities. Just Google handyman and check it out for yourself. Joining a franchise is certainly is one way to get started but you can do your own thing and keep much more of the profit for yourself. This also allow you to control your own activities and maintain pricing at a more competitive level.

New handyman how-to book available now. The Handyman’s Guide To Profit: Using Your Skills To Make Money In Any Economy

The Handyman’s Guide To Profit: Using Your Skills To Make Money In Any Economy

by A. William Benitez



If You Are Making Repairs to Your Home, You Could Be Using Those Skills To Make Money.

With Millions of Jobs Lost, This Economy Is Ideal For Self Employment

Start Right Now Using Proven Financially Successful Methods

Years ago I had a profitable consulting and publishing business assisting federally funded housing programs across the country to succeed. My reputation was established and I was selling books, a monthly newsletter, and traveling around the country to help communities leverage the housing funds received from the federal government. Unfortunately, after a national election, everything changed and all the housing funds disappeared and so did my business. If not for my handyman and carpenter skills I would have been in real trouble.

Instead I quickly purchased and outfitted a small trailer with all the handyman tools I needed and hit the ground running. After just a few ads in local weekly papers I was working every day and making a decent living. At first most of the jobs were small and could have easily been handled by someone with limited experience and that was good because money flowed promptly.

As time passed I started taking larger jobs and gradually moved from just handyman work to small remodeling jobs and finally, after renting a small shop, to woodworking which I continued for over twenty five years.

Like losing a good job, a business failure can be traumatic and impose a serious financial hardship but with a few handyman skills anyone can quickly start making money. I know that first hand and my book The Handyman’s Guide To Profit: Using Your Skills To Make Money In Any Economy can help you do the same on a full time or part time basis.

Based on more than 25 years of personal, hands on, self employment experience, my book can help you start immediately making money with your home repair skills because it is a complete course on succeeding in the home repair business. I cover every step from getting started to the day-to-day operation of the business using methods that worked for many years.

This is no pie in the sky romancing about self employment. It takes good home repair and business skills to operate a business successfully and now you can learn exactly how to use your present skills to succeed financially in the handyman business.

Read an excerpt:
Now, more than ever, people are choosing to stay in their homes instead of purchasing new and larger homes. This opens up a large market for people who have home repair and home improvement skills. Some of that work involves major remodeling that is most often handled by professional home improvement contractors. But much of it involves small jobs that could form the basis for a profitable business for someone with basic home repair skills.

According to a recent report on CNN News, the average hourly income for a handyman is now more than $17.00 per hour. This is well above minimum wage jobs and by developing additional skills this amount can be much higher.

Homeowners everywhere are regularly making repairs and improvements to their home. Most of them will need some help at one time or another. Purchasing this book reflects your interest in helping these thousands of home and business owners across the country to get these repair jobs done well and at reasonable cost.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

From age twelve I spent my summers and weekends working with my dad, a general contractor, building homes and buildings. I contracted my first home at age nineteen and built my own home by age twenty. For more than 30 years I have operated one-person businesses. Twelve years of my life were spent working for local government managing federally-assisted housing programs. I started as an inspector with a three month assignment and was Director of Community Improvement with 78 employees when I resigned to do writing and consulting.

Writing, Publishing and Consulting

During the 80’s I established Rehab Notes Library, a publishing company that published a monthly newsletter (Rehab Notes) with subscribers in all 50 states, Canada and England. I also did consulting and public speaking on housing related topics for agencies and organizations in cities across the country and testified before the U.S. Congress on housing issues.

I wrote and published nine guidebooks on the subject of housing rehabilitation. After 1980 when most federal funding was pulled from housing activities, I took advantage of my construction and business experience and started a handyman and woodworking business.

Over Twenty Five Years of Handyman and Woodworking

For over twenty five years, first in Tampa, Florida and then in Austin, Texas, I did handyman and repair jobs and built hundreds of small and large cabinet and furniture projects for individuals, companies and government agencies. During these years I began writing books about my woodworking business experiences.

Positive Publishing

In 2007 I established Positive Imaging, LLC, to publish a children’s book for my wife and then begin publishing my own books on the handyman and woodworking business and also books written by others using methods I call positive publishing. To date we have published twelve paperback books, a half dozen ebooks, and presently have several books in various levels of completion.

Computer Experience

My computer experience dates back more than fifteen years and began in response to poor technical support for our computers. I used home study to acquire A+ and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer Certifications.

I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and moved to Austin, Texas in 1986, where I now live with my wife, Barbara Frances. We have three adult children, eight grand-children, and two great grandchildren.


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  1. Thanks for featuring my book on your blog. I look forward to responding to comments or questions.

    Bill Benitez

  2. I definitely need to give a copy of this to my Hubby-to-be. He's very handy, and he also has lots of knowledge about more "green" kind of home improvement like radiant flooring and stuff...sounds like this one might really help him out so thanks Bill!!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

  3. This sounds like as close to a fool proof, recession proof answer to my son's ongoing dilemma: "What should I do with my life?" I've got to grab him a copy and see if I can spark some interest. The fact that you've proven it a success armored with basic knowhow and fortitude is encouraging. Thanks for sharing.


  4. My husband and I do a lot of the jobs around the house. We always take before and after pictures.


  5. What a wonderful book to write. We really need something like this right now. I hope a lot of people read it and learn.

  6. Thanks Andra, I know he will find it of value and I look forward to hearing from him with comments or questions.

  7. It's an interesting concept!


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  9. I know a few handymen who should have read this.


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