How to Make Your Handyman Business Stand Out from the Rest

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Starting your handyman business can seem overwhelming, but if you know what to expect, it’s not so bad. This guide tells you everything you need to know about starting and running your handyman business, from permits and insurance to pricing and specialties. Whether you’re a beginner who wants extra cash or a master carpenter looking to be your own boss, this guide helps you make the most of your handyman business.

Choosing a Specialty

When you first start your handyman business, you may want to say yes to any and every job that comes your way. But if you want to stand out from the competition, it's good to choose a specialty and stick to it. For example, you could focus on home repairs, like fixing leaky faucets and changing light bulbs. Or you could focus on larger projects, like painting and drywall repair.

Permits and Licenses

You may need several licenses and permits to operate your handyman business, depending on the services you offer and your location. Contact your city office to learn about licenses and permits.

Create a Website

Creating a website with a distinct logo is one of the most crucial steps in starting a handyman business. It's your chance to put your best foot forward and show potential customers what you do. People typically search using keywords on Google, so this needs to be your top priority if you want to get noticed. 

How to Run an Effective Marketing Campaign

A handyman business is service-based, meaning that marketing is key to bringing in new customers and keeping them returning for more. A well-run marketing campaign lets potential customers know what services you offer, how to reach you, and what sets your business apart from the competition around you. 

Helpful Apps for Small Businesses

Many apps can help your handyman business get off the ground and run well. By using construction estimating software, you can calculate various materials and labor costs, outline a payment schedule, be aware of any taxes involved, and automate email responses to clients for unapproved estimates. Using apps saves you time and money and lets you do what you do best for customers.

Benefits of Forming an LLC

When you form an LLC for your business, you create a legal entity that can help protect your personal assets if something goes wrong. An LLC in SC also has tax advantages: LLC owners can deduct business losses on tax returns. And because LLCs have less paperwork than corporations, it's easier to set up and maintain. Use a formation service to avoid paying high lawyer expenses. Check local laws before forming, as each state has a separate set of requirements for incorporating an LLC.

Planning for Success

No matter what business you're in, plan to be successful. The same is true for a handyman business. 

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