How much does a handyman charge per hour? This question gets asked so many times. The problem is there are so many answers. I’ve seen ads on craigslist for handymen charging $15 a hour (which I think is ridiculous) and I’ve also heard of handymen charging up to $100 an hour or more. I personally charge $50 an hour when I bill hourly, which I don’t like to do, [Update - I don't bill hourly anymore, just flat rate.] because I can make $100 an hour or more as a handyman when I charge flat rate.
The “handyman” trade is one that really has no standards. That is especially true when it comes to pricing. You’ll find pricing all over the map. This is with good reason though because the level of skill and experience of handymen is also all over the map. If one guy charges $15 an hour there’s a pretty good chance that he is only worth $15 an hour (if that). If someone has the courage to charge $100 an hour I’d be willing to bet that he is probably worth that much. This is going to be someone that is highly skilled in many areas of home improvement, does quick but immaculate work, and knows how to handle not only his customers but also his business.
If you are trying to figure out how much to charge with your handyman business sit back and honestly think about how much you are going to be worth to your customers. If you can come up with a number, do a little research in your area and see how that number compares to other handymen doing business around you. However, don’t get too caught up with hourly rates. There are a ton of benefits to charging flat rate that you can read here.
If you are just starting out in the trade and don’t have a ton of experience I would start at about $25 per hour. I started at $25 an hour in 2004. I quickly kept raising my hourly rate as my experience increased and I felt I was providing an extremely valuable service to my clients. My suggestion to you is to not figure out how much to charge per hour but rather to determine how much you’d like to make per hour and try to hit that target using flat rate pricing.
Here’s the deal. Let’s say you started charging 25 hourly and you had a growing list of satisfied customers. Now every time you want to raise your rate you’ll have to tell them that you’ve raised your prices. That doesn’t always go over too well, especially if you raise them quite often. By pricing your jobs flat rate, you can raise your price at any time and you never have to tell your customers that you are raising your prices. It’s a beautiful thing really and it works perfectly.
If you need help with your pricing I highly suggest you purchase my Handyman Price List. It will definitely help you get your pricing straightened out and move you from hourly to flat rate so you can really start making some good money in this business.