[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 marketing method by far. As you may know I use my own website service Pro Service Sites so naturally I’d recommend that any handyman use it as well.

To keep up with the business side of things I used to use Freshbooks for all my invoicing and accounting. It makes it very easy and organized. I recently switched to a new app called ServiceM8. I use that now combined with an accounting app called Xero. ServiceM8 handles invoicing and job scheduling and Xero handles all the accounting. It’s not as easy as Freshbooks was but it’s much more powerful and I don’t need to carry paper for anything anymore. I just use my iPad.

-Travis

Question:

How do I get client’s??

Do I need a license?

Do I need insurance?

Answer:

I get most of my clients from my website. I’d definitely recommend that. You can start getting work right away by posting ads on Craigslist though.

At the very minimum you’ll probably need a business license to do business in your city. Depending on your area, you may need a contractors license. In California, (where I am) if you do work over $500 you need a contractors license. Handymen can get away with doing jobs less than $500 without one.

You might not need insurance to be legal in your area but it’s definitely smart to have. $1 million general liability insurance is typical. Check out ACHP. They have the best rates I’ve ever seen. In case something goes horribly wrong at a job you’ll be protected.

Hope that helps.

-Travis

Question:

Travis, does your handyman price list App come pre-loaded with estimated times to complete projects?

Answer:

Yes, it does. That’s how we calculate the price of the job. We take the time it takes to complete the job and multiply that by your desired hourly rate.

Question:

Hi,

I see a lot of handyman work vans pass through around my apartment. They advertising on the van “licensed insured handyman”. I just wanted to know what is that means.
Thanks.

Answer:

That means they are licensed (usually meaning they have a contractors license of some sort) and they are insured (usually meaning they have an insurance policy of $1 Million general liability insurance).

-Travis

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