Tips on Starting a Handyman Service

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If you have a knack for fixing things around the house, you could put your skills to good use by starting your own handyman service. Many people who do not have the time or the skills to fix things rely on the services of handymen to repair everything from a broken light bulb to a malfunctioning furnace. When you're ready to start your own handyman service, make sure you follow these tips to get your business off the ground.

Get Licensed

According to, you may be required to get licensed to start your own handyman service. While you are in the planning phases of your business, check the laws in your state to verify any licensing requirements for residential and commercial handyman. In some states, your services will be akin to a general contractor, and you may be required to obtain a contractor's license and register with the state as a service provider.

Keep Learning

Even if you already have natural handyman skills and experience, it's always a good idea to keep yourself informed of new products, techniques and tools of the trade. recommends learning as much as you can through television, workshops and other professionals in your field. If you haven't worked as a handyman before, take the time to practice repairs around your own home, or help out friends and family to get some experience under your belt before you begin charging customers for your service.

Get Insured

If you plan to start a handyman service, you will be responsible for making sure you conduct repairs properly and thoroughly. A simple mistake or oversight during a routine repair could cause significant property damage or even pose a danger to home and business owners. In the event you do make an error during a repair, you may be at risk of being sued. The right liability insurance coverage may help protect you, your business and your family.


When you are ready to find clients, you will need to do some advertising. Word of mouth advertising from satisfied customers is one of the best and most effective forms of free advertising. You can also take out a small newspaper ad, or purchase a listing in your local business directory. also recommends visiting local hardware stores to ask if you can put your business cards by the register. You may also post a flier on the community bulletin boards at your local grocery store, church or community center.