How to Start a Home-Based Handyman Business : Turn Your Skills into Cash - Schedule Your Jobs - Build Word-of-Mouth Referrals - Manage Insurance Issues - Handle Paperwork--From Permits to Invoices - Work Smart and Safe

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  • Copyright: 2009-08-04
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot
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In tough economic times and with rising unemployment, more and more people are looking to take the bull by the horns and start their own home-based businesses. From The Globe Pequot Press's enormously successful series, How to Start a Home-Based Handyman Business includes at least thirty worksheets, estimating forms, invoices, tax forms, policy forms, and marketing information sheets.

Author Biography

Terry Meany is the author of Knack Home Repair & Maintenance (GPP), Working Windows (Lyons), The Complete Idiot?s Guide to Plumbing, and The Complete Idiot?s Guide to Electrical Repair. A former contractor, he lives in Seattle, Washington.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
So You Want to Start a Home-Based Handyman Businessp. 1
Congratulations---Or Should You Run for the Hills?p. 1
The Eternal Handymanp. 2
Turning Skills and Work Experience into a Businessp. 2
Self-Employment: Being Your Own Boss---Or Is Everyone Your Boss?p. 3
What Can You Offer That's Unique or Different?p. 5
Show Me the Moneyp. 6
Personality Profilep. 8
Meet Your New Partner, the Governmentp. 12
Family Lifep. 12
Envisioning Your Businessp. 14
Adjusting Your Rose-Colored Glassesp. 14
Who Needs You?p. 15
Role Modelsp. 17
Your Headquartersp. 18
Time Framep. 19
It Costs How Much?p. 19
Your Competition---Friends or Foes?p. 22
Picking and Choosing Your Workp. 22
Hitting the Road...or Notp. 25
Making Your Lists and Checking Them Twice (or More)p. 26
Staffingp. 27
Customers---The Good, the Bad, and the Uglyp. 32
Put It on My Tabp. 38
Writing a Business Planp. 41
We Want to See Your Plans...p. 41
Explain Yourselfp. 45
The Dreaded Marketingp. 45
Organization and Managementp. 48
Off to Work You Gop. 48
Selling Trinketsp. 50
According to the Law...p. 51
Starting Upp. 52
Fixed Costs, Variable Costs, and Estimated Feesp. 52
Plan Bp. 55
Financial Planningp. 56
The Big-Ticket Itemsp. 56
Open Your Checkbookp. 57
Insurancep. 58
A Bonding Experiencep. 63
Let Me See Your License and Registration, Pleasep. 65
Legal Eagles and Number Crunchersp. 65
Smaller-Ticket Itemsp. 67
Marketingp. 69
Taxesp. 71
Enough with These Expenses; Let's Talk Incomep. 71
Is It Enough?p. 74
If the Numbers Don't Work Out...p. 75
Getting Startedp. 76
First Things Firstp. 77
Licensingp. 79
Bankingp. 80
The Tax Collector Comethp. 81
Dreaming of a Paperless Officep. 82
Estimates and Contractsp. 84
Marketing Materialsp. 88
Finding Suppliersp. 91
Business Vehiclesp. 92
Your Home Work Spacep. 94
Filling the Spacep. 94
Technology Rules...with Exceptionsp. 96
Office Printerp. 97
Connecting to the Outside Worldp. 98
Other Office Suppliesp. 102
Work/Repair Areap. 104
Vehicle Storagep. 105
Financial Managementp. 107
Handyman and Collection Agencyp. 108
Paper Dollarsp. 109
Digital Dollarsp. 109
Snail-Mail Paymentsp. 109
Mechanic's Lienp. 111
Small Claims Courtp. 113
Collection Agenciesp. 113
Your Turn to Payp. 114
Cash Flowp. 115
Bank Line of Creditp. 116
Equipment Allowancep. 117
Vehicle Maintenancep. 118
Savings and Retirementp. 120
Taxes and Recordkeepingp. 127
Good Accounting and Recordkeeping Lead to Easier Tax Fillingp. 129
Filing Tax Returnsp. 131
Who You Are Determines Which Forms to Usep. 132
Reducing Your Taxes with Deductionsp. 133
About That Office Deduction...p. 134
Do It Yourself or Hire a Tax Service?p. 136
Employeesp. 138
Legal and Ethical Issuesp. 139
Legal Requirementsp. 140
Policies and Proceduresp. 141
Employeesp. 141
Income and Taxesp. 143
Cashp. 144
Trade and Barteringp. 144
Contracts Countp. 144
Hourly Feesp. 146
Client Confidentialityp. 146
Up Close and (Too) Personal?p. 147
Smile, You're on Candid Camerap. 148
A Few More Job Concernsp. 148
Substituting Materialsp. 149
Waste---Toxic and Otherwisep. 149
Lead-Based Paintp. 150
When It's About Youp. 151
When It's About the Customerp. 151
Marketing Your Businessp. 153
People Are Talking about Youp. 154
Blogsp. 156
Crank Up the Printerp. 156
Customer Targetsp. 158
Direct Mailp. 159
Special and Seasonal Promotionsp. 166
Preferred Installer Statusp. 167
Charitable Workp. 167
Internet Marketingp. 168
Marketing a Niche Servicep. 168
Everyone Likes a Freebiep. 169
Radio and TVp. 171
Stretching Your Marketing Dollarsp. 172
The Internet and E-Commercep. 175
Your Web Sitep. 175
Forumsp. 181
Craigslistp. 181
Paying for Internet Advertisingp. 182
Training and Certificationp. 184
Online Infop. 184
Back to Schoolp. 186
Other Community Resourcesp. 187
Industry Certificationsp. 187
Booksp. 188
Magazinesp. 189
Historic Preservation Trainingp. 190
Safety Trainingp. 190
Law Schoolp. 192
Business Endgamep. 193
You're Established; Now What?p. 193
Time to Widen Your Vision?p. 194
Lifestyle Choicesp. 195
Those Pesky Kidsp. 196
Employeesp. 196
Temporary Laborersp. 197
Contracting Outp. 198
Specialty Workp. 198
Grunt Workp. 200
Bigger, But Not Always Better, Customersp. 200
Time to Close Up Shopp. 201
What You're Sellingp. 202
Pre-Salep. 202
Setting a Pricep. 203
If Your Price Isn't Met...p. 204
Letting Gop. 204
Hiring and Firing Employeesp. 206
How to Figure Your Costsp. 213
Resourcesp. 217
Indexp. 222
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