You will find that I really like to leverage the power of the internet with my handyman business. The internet just keeps growing and growing and if you’re handyman business does not have a website then you are missing out big time. So many of your potential customers are searching for a handyman in your area and you are not there then your competition is getting the business.
I have already explained how to get your handyman business on google local search results (click here if you haven’t read that article), but you really need to be doing more than that. Customers often want to see what your business is about before they call and your website will generate those leads for you even while you sleep. The huge advantage to having a website is that the majority of the work is all in setting it up and not maintaining it. I’m not suggesting you quickly throw up a brochure type website that you never update though. That won’t fly with today’s web standards. Your website should be the sales force that works for your business day and night to generate leads so you don’t have to work so hard. A website combined with an auto responder such as Aweber is your secret weapon to driving leads that will turn into lasting customers. It’s what I have been doing and it just plain works.
Create a website for your handyman business: Part 1
This is the first article in a series that will help you create a website for your handyman business from start to finish. I am going to be as detailed as possible as I know that most handymen are not very internet savvy. Luckily I am and that will work to your advantage.
Domain and Hosting
The first step to getting your handyman business website up and running is ordering the domain and hosting. If you don’t know what this is here is a quick explanation: The domain name is the name of the site in the address bar (Ex. www.lasvegashandyman.com) and the hosting is the actual service that stores all your files on the internet and shows them as an actual website. An excellent company to order the domain and hosting from is Bluehost. They have excellent pricing and the service is great. The domain and setup fees are waived using a link from this site.
This first part in this series will show you how to order the domain name and hosting for your new handyman website.
Step 2: Enter the domain name that you would like to use. I would highly recommend first starting with your business name and you can add more later. Example: If your business name is Top Handyman Service you can choose to use tophandymanservice.com or just tophandyman.com assuming that they are both available. For this example tophandyman.com was taken so I chose tophandymanservice.com.
Step 3: Fill out all information. If you check mark domain whois privacy that just means that no one will be able to look up your information and see that you own the domain name. This is totally optional. Choose the package you would like (1, 2, or 3 years of hosting), there is a $1/month discount for choosing more than a year. If you use the link I have provided you will see that the setup fee and domain registration fees are waived. Next enter your billing information and click next.
Step 4: Finish. After clicking next you will see “Congratulations, your purchase was successful”. I do not have a picture of this step since I did not place a new order for this tutorial. You should see your account details with your username and password. Print this out if you would like. Your site should be ready within a few minutes even though it says within one business day. There is a chance that you will get a window that asks you to call a phone number to verify that it is you that is ordering the new account. This is common and nothing to be worried about.
Congratulations! You are now well on your way to having a website for your handyman business. Keep all your account information in a safe place because you will need this to build your site. I will be releasing Part 2 in this series soon. I hope that you have found this tutorial easy to understand and follow.