Are you thinking about changing your career? Do you enjoy fixing leaky faucets or assembling furniture? Becoming a handyman may be your next career move.
Homeowners are spending more money to improve and repair their homes. So, they want to hire a handyman to help. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS notes that the industry is expected to grow nearly 8% in the next decade, adding 112,500 new jobs.
Let’s examine the general maintenance and repair worker industry, career expectations, average earning potential, and the steps to secure your next handyman job.
It's important to understand the roles and responsibilities involved with the industry. Handymen and general maintenance workers’ responsibilities include:
A handyman builds and repairs various large home furniture. These tasks might include polishing and restoring antique furniture.
Handymen clean and maintain a homeowner's gutters. They have the proper tools and knowledge to effectively complete the task.
Painting is a common task for a handyman. The job also includes patching cracked walls.
Whether it's a hardwood, vinyl, or a carpet flooring, homeowners will need floor maintenance. A handyman is trained to help repair and reinstall flooring.
A handyman knows how to install a door. Installation includes locks, peep holes, runners, seals and handles. A well-trained handyman also can restore vintage doors to retain their historical value.
A handyman can reverse weather damage through power washing. Whether it’s the balcony, patio, pool, or driveway, a handyman can help a homeowner return their property to like-new condition.
Basic electrical work
General air conditioning and heating systems
Home security work
The expected salary for a handyman depends on various factors, including: work location, experience level, amount of scheduled work, and certifications.
Becoming a handyman does not require any formal education beyond a high school diploma (or equivalent). Handymen and repair workers often learn their practical skills on the job under the supervision of more skilled maintenance workers.
A high school diploma (or equivalent) is the only formal education required. A handyman also should have an understanding of maintenance and repair knowledge, including:
Air Conditioning systems
Many aspiring handymen and repair workers can learn basic skills in high school shop, technical education classes, vocational schools, postsecondary trade school, or community colleges.
Many states require a formal license to operate and conduct business as a handyman. This requirement is due to the nature of the job, the safety precautions, and the general contractual agreements associated with the work involved. Consult the National Contractors License Service to identify the requirements for your state.
Many resources exist in the general maintenance and repair industry to encourage new handymen and aid them in securing their first job.
Your local trade school or community college may offer on-the-job training programs.
Training also may be offered by your state or local handyman association.
Over 100,000 handyman jobs will be available in the next decade. The opportunity is ripe to secure your next handyman job. Here are a few paths you can take:
Internet job boards allow employers to share open positions with a large pool of applicants.
Find hundreds (if not thousands) of available handyman jobs with a simple web search.
Due to the high influx of job applicants, it might be difficult to get your application noticed by employers.
To get hands-on training, you may need to attend a vocational school or community college. Schools offer a vast network of professionals seeking to hire new handyman professionals.
Schools have network connections to many general maintenance and repair worker companies.
If you don’t perform well in the school program, teachers may not recommend you to potential employers.
Your personal network might be the key to securing your handyman job. You may have connections from a previous job or know someone who you’ve hired.
Your network comes with a level of trust. You can connect with people you already know for possible employment opportunities.
If you don't have a solid network, you’ll have difficulty finding a handyman job.
Due to the nature of the industry, many states require insurance. Insurance coverage varies by state. Shop around before purchasing limited liability insurance policies.
Once you get a handyman job, your education within the industry doesn't stop. Trade shows will help you level up your skills and introduce you to the new tools within the industry. Trade shows also can help you expand and build your professional network.
Many of the highest paid maintenance and repair professionals spend a few years working under an experienced professional. Then, they open their own home service professional business. With today's modern technologies, you can automate many logistical responsibilities to save your business time, money, and manpower.
So, why wait? Start your career as a handyman today!