Working as a handyman can be a profitable venture that gives you a lot of freedom. Not only do you get to set your hours, but you can also pick the services you want to deliver and choose or refuse jobs at your discretion.
But one of the few caveats of working as a handyman is that no one tells you how to find handyman work. This guide can show you how to get handyman jobs as you start. Note you can continually apply these strategies even after you’ve established yourself as a reliable handyman–so read on to know how to get more handyman jobs!
12 most profitable handyman jobs
An easy way to get more work and ensure you have a steady flow of handyman gigs is to pick the jobs that most people won’t do. Take a few minutes to list the kinds of tasks you know that most homeowners hate to do and decide if you’re willing to take them on.
A simple strategy would be to choose 5 of these most profitable handyman jobs you think you can take on. Here are jobs that most people would prefer to let a handyman handle:
- Kitchen faucet replacement
- Light fixture replacement
- Repairing white goods
- Clearing clogged drains (kitchen and bathroom)
- Rain gutter cleaning
- Dryer vent cleaning
- Moving furniture
- Installing doors and windows
- Cleaning windows
- Installing home security systems
- Basement or loft clearing and cleaning
- Garage cleaning
Note that you would need to get licensed to do complex plumbing, electrical, or heavy construction work.
If you feel the need to gain more experience, you could also get an apprenticeship to practise your existing skills and fill any knowledge gaps.
You can also search for apprenticeships at this UK government website.
How much to charge as a handyman
On average, a handyman in the UK can charge about £20 to £30 per hour to do most handyman jobs. Note rates may change depending on your location (rates in London can be higher), the distance you must travel to the job site, and the complexity of the task. Other factors such as whether you’re certified to do the task or not can also affect your hourly rate.
How to get more handyman jobs
1. Specialise in profitable tasks
A good strategy to employ so you make more money and get more work is to specialise in certain handyman projects. Here are some benefits of specialising in your services:
- Customers will see you as an expert and you can charge like one
- You become more proficient in your specialised service or services
- Your reputation for specialised skills can get you more business
- You can shrink the cost of equipment and materials
- It’s easier to standardise your rates
2. Choose the right clients
Choosing the right clients is not only one of the perks of working as an independent handyman, it’s a sound business strategy.
Try to avoid clients that focus on finding the lowest-priced handyman instead of focusing on getting quality service. Clients that insist on haggling will undermine your efforts to make your business more profitable.
What’s more, word could get around that your rates are negotiable and you’ll only attract more clients who won’t pay you what you’re worth.
Remember that you can always find clients that won’t mind paying your rate as long as you deliver your services at the level of quality they expect.
3. Price your services right
A good way to ensure that your handyman business remains or becomes more profitable is to price your services appropriately. Here’s what you can do as you figure out a profitable price point for your services:
- Take into account your qualifications, the level of skill you have, and the quality of service you provide.
- Factor in your operating expenses like the cost of materials, tools and equipment, transportation expenses, and the like.
- Check the rates of other handymen in your area. Remember that prices for handyman jobs can vary from state to state or even area to area, so take note of what other similarly-skilled handymen charge for the services you offer.
- If you want a more detailed, in-depth analysis of what your services are worth and how to price them at a profitable rate, you can try hiring a business consultant.
4. Promote your business in real life
You can promote your business on days when you don’t have any work scheduled. The classic strategies for promoting your business can include:
- Distributing leaflets or flyers door-to-door
- Posting ads on community billboards and billboards of homeowners’ associations
- Networking with real estate agents, property administrators, homeowners/landlords that lease on short-term rental platforms, and landlords that lease property long-term
5. Promote your business online
Thanks to the internet, you can promote your business to a wider, more specific audience. To promote your handyman business online, you can:
- Put up a website
- Make social media accounts of your handyman business and make the appropriate ads
- Make informative, instructional videos or document your work on online video platforms like Youtube
- Post your services on online forums or community websites
- List your business on search engines and post your ads on them
FAQs on finding handyman work
Are handyman businesses profitable?
Yes! Handyman businesses can be profitable, but it takes time and effort to make it so. Like any business, you’ll have to make the effort to establish yourself as a reliable handyman and do what’s necessary to minimise operating costs. It may be hardgoing at first to price your services so you make a decent profit and give your clients the quality service they expect, but it’s not impossible.
How do I get customers for my handyman business?
The easiest way for handymen and most other businesses to get leads is by using Google My Business. All you need to do is create your business profile on the platform with all the relevant information like your contact details, operating hours, and a list of services. Potential clients can message you directly, so be sure to check on your messages once your profile is up. The best part about using this is that it’s free!
Boost your handyman profits with Airtasker
As an independent handyman who wants to increase profits, you’ll have to actively promote your services, apart from doing a good job to get repeat business or even getting upskilled as a licensed electrician, plumber, or carpenter.
Another simple trick you can use is to sign up with Airtasker. You can get matched quickly with homeowners, landlords, or even contractors seeking an extra hand to bolster their workforce, at minimal cost or effort to you. Become a Tasker today!