[Q&A] Getting Started, Job Pricing, Etc.

This question comes from Chuck in NY. Question: Hi Travis, Have been doing handyman type jobs for people for many years but mainly as a help for them and little profit for me. Now, having retired from teaching, I’d like to turn it into a small business. My main questions would be: — How to legally […]

[Q&A] Being a Handyman in California, License, Insurance, Etc.

This question comes from Daniel in California. Question: My top three questions right now would be: 1) I don’t have any contractors licensing; i’m interested in getting one, but i’m not entirely sure what to get. I’m looking into with my state’s website (CSLB, California). 2) I feel silly putting ads on Craigslist; like it’s […]

[Q&A] How Much Should I Charge For My Handyman Services?

Question: Travis, I just recently started my handyman business and my biggest concern right now is with pricing. How much should I charge for my services? Thanks, Jim Answer: Jim, There’s really not a one-size-fits-all approach to pricing your handyman services. For starters, I encourage every handyman to price jobs flat rate. It’s not easy […]

[Q&A] Building Clientele, Handling Inconsistency of Work, and More

Question: Hey Travis, How did you build your clientele? There’s a natural distrust of the trades people, so it’s harder it seems. Also, if you were just starting out in a new state, what would you do? And finally how did/do you handle the inconsistency of work and income? Much appreciated, Nate Answer: Nate, In […]

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[Q&A] Customer Haggling Over Price

Question: Hi Travis, Ok,.. a question. I recently had a customer who at the end of the day wanted to haggle over our agreed on price. I was firm on the price, but then he balked at the materials I bought(not marked up) and didn’t think we needed them. We came to an agreement, but […]

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[Q&A] Job Pricing Seems Too Low

Question: My husband is the handyman, I just think the price that he sets for some things he does is way below what a person would pay. He doesn’t have a load of clients as he works a regular 8 hour day 5 days a week as our landlord’s handyman/go to guy. Our landlord owns […]

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[Q&A] Marketing, Accounting, Handyman Price List, Etc.

This is a multi-question Q&A post since I often get short questions that don’t really warrant an entire post on their own. Question: How do you get new clients? How do you keep up with the business side (taxes) working for yourself? Answer: I get my clients from my website. That’s been my most successful […]

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[Q&A] Trip Charge, Additional Charges, Etc.

Question: Hello Travis, A few quick questions: If I’m charging a trip charge of $40 , show up at a customers home, troubleshoot some non working receptacles and repair them, THEN the customer ask me to troubleshoot an appliance (which I do work on). Should I be adding an additional charge for troubleshooting the appliance […]

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