Do you know the best way to get handyman work? Word-of-mouth referrals. This form of advertising is priceless. Once you have happy customers, they will refer you to their family and friends, and before you know it, you’ll be getting calls from customers' neighbors, sisters, and mothers. You just need to know where to find handyman work to get those first customers to make very happy. This article will help you find and bid on handyman jobs.
Where to Find Handyman Work on the Internet
You can certainly find handyman work using your computer. For starters, social media for small business is a must. You can use sites like like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram to display your talents and publish pictures of completed jobs. You can build a portfolio of your work on each site and write and share relevant information. Before you start posting, it’s best to develop a plan for your social media efforts to get the most out of these channels. (Avoid posting personal photos and political comments that might turn potential customers away.)
You can also use websites that allow customers to advertise work they need done. Customers can post handyman jobs anytime, so check your favorite sites regularly to find and bid on these handyman jobs. Here are three websites that help you find handyman jobs:
TaskRabbit: On this site, customers request services, and then Task Rabbit lets their “taskers,” i.e. handymen, know about customer requests. Task Rabbit even offers pricing suggestions for handymen.
Craigslist: Choose your city and look under the “Jobs” tab. This is hit or miss, but sometimes you can find handyman jobs that are perfect for you. You can also advertise your services on Craigslist for a nominal fee.
Indeed: Put in your zip code, the type of work you’re looking for, and see what's available. You're likely to find more long-term gigs here.
These sites are a good place to begin looking for handyman jobs. Once you start to bid on jobs and get work, schedule your work carefully. Make sure you give yourself enough time to complete jobs as promised, because when you do everything (or more than) you promise, you will leave your customers happy and advertising for you. Then the question of where to find handyman work becomes just a distant memory!
How to Find Government Handyman Jobs
Working for the government can provide a steady, reliable income. Federal agencies use USAJOBS.gov to match applicants to jobs. Finding handyman jobs at the federal level might be very competitive and may be a slow process. You can also search for local government handyman jobs. Employment agencies, recruitment firms, and even Indeed.com sometimes advertises government jobs. Again, check in frequently.
How to Bid on Handyman Jobs
It's a wonderful feeling when the calls, texts, and messages start coming in asking you to bid on handyman jobs. It would be nice if you could charge whatever you wanted for each job, but remember that other handymen might be offering their bids on the job as well. Keep your bid reasonable, but make sure it will allow you to complete the job, cover your expenses, and earn enough profit.
There are some obvious expenses you need to consider when bidding handyman jobs and there are also less-obvious expenses. The obvious expenses are the tools, supplies, and time it will take you to finish the job. The not-so-obvious expenses include travel time to the project’s location and any necessary permits. When you visit a site to offer your bid, check to see if the work will require you to have a handyman license. Also check for any potential danger spots like electrical wires that will interfere with the job.
Other less obvious expenses you should cover in your bid are your business’ overhead costs. Typical overhead costs are rent, office expenses, bills, taxes, handyman insurance, as well as professional services like bookkeeping, accounting, and advertising.
Other Considerations When Bidding Handyman Jobs
Before you offer your bid, find out if the customer needs the job completed by a specific time so you can factor that into your price and into your workflow. Some handymen prefer to charge an hourly rate but it might be better to charge by the project.
Also, try to develop a rapport with the customer in your initial meeting. When you do this, you can earn their trust and this will help you win the job. There are other benefits to establishing rapport and building relationships with customers.
Once you offer your bid, give the customer time to decide. It's okay to check back after several business days.
One other important consideration when bidding handyman jobs is to sell your value. You want to get paid what you are worth. Give customers reasons why hiring you is more important and more beneficial to them than just paying another handyman less money. Experience, referrals, reliability, and being insured are value-added reasons for a customer to likely pay more for a handyman.