Brisbane, Ipswich and Logan is in need for more handymen, so we decided to provide this simple 4 step guide to help a Qld based handyman start getting work very quickly.
If you want to start doing handyman work, then it is quite simple to get going, but there are a number of things you must know and do first.
Step 1: Get licensed and insured (1.5 hours)
For tax purposes, you will need ABN (Australian Business Number): This is a free and very simple process which should take you 10-30 minutes to do online, here at the ABR.
For insurance purposes, you should seriously consider personal injury, third party plus and property insurance. Talk with the various insurance agencies and get some quotes that suit your specific needs. 1 hour of phone calling will do the job.
Limitations and additional reading:
If you wish to do plumbing, electrical or structural work, you will need the necessary licenses appropriate to these fields.
Working as a handyman, there are limitations to the size of work you can take on. If you wish to deliver a single job in excess of $3,300 (inc GST) or work with Asbestos then you will need additional licences for this. For a complete guide to these details, you can refer to the Qld Governments Smart Licence pages.
Step 2: Setup a simple job management system (1 hour)
You will need a system to keep track of projects, expenses and billing. You can either learn how to use Excel spreadsheets or keep a very good journal book. It’s also a good idea to start a database of clients and tasks, so you can refer to it when you need references for new clients.
Duck down to the shops and buy a notepad, or setup a new spreadsheet: 1 hour
Step 3: Decide what work you will do and how much you will charge (15 mins)
Have a think about jobs you would like to do and are able to do.
Find out what others in your area charge. Call up some handyman ads out of the newspaper and ask for some indicative prices for the different jobs you also do.
Get a feeling for what your hourly price or flat fees for work will be. Remember you can charge more on weekends.
Step 4: Advertise (15 mins)
You probably don’t have a bucket of money to pour into advertising at this point, so we suggest starting with some good free advertising that will still get you customers.
For the jobs you can do, you should make this very clear on your advertisement.
We suggest Bristrades.com.au as a good way to find Handyman work in Brisbane.
This site lets you advertise in multiple areas (painting, plastering, cleaning, etc…) and promote your availability for work and charge rates. This means you get calls only for jobs you want. We highly recommend this site as it is currently free to advertise. No extra costs.
Advertising with Bristrades: 15 minutes
Taking it further…
After you have setup your business, you can start improving and growing your services. This could include looking at what specific types of work are most profitable and in need in your local area and looking at additional advertising.
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Note: This is general advice only and may not be specific to your invidual circumstances. You should also check your local and state requirements for anything that may specifically relate to your city or country.