The greatest job for a skilled craftsman is a handyman. Enough variety that it’s never a boring job. Enough reward that you go to work every day enjoying your job. The difference between hiring a contractor and a handyman sometimes is skill. The handyman in most cases is more skilled then the contractor because he is doing the work himself quite often. More involved even if he has help. The Contractor may have experience in the beginning but the nature of the business takes him away from the day to day labor. If you want to deal with the guy who is doing your work then hire the handyman. If you want to know you and your home is protected then make sure they have a proper business license and insurance and do a background screening. You can do all that yourself or you can hire a UHA certified handyman. Everyone has their own goals and ambitions, you might be happy as a small job to job just make it handyman but if you want more for yourself and your business, respect and quality pay for quality work then get certified by the UHA and show that you have worked hard for what you have and you are worthy of being treated like the professional you are.
There are a lot of reasons a person chooses to be a handyman instead of a contractor. Sometimes it’s because they can’t be a contractor. Why do you think it should be any easier to become a certified handyman? There is a reason some people have lowered their expectations when they hire you but it’s wrong but only if you deserve the expectations of a quality certified handyman. It’s not about paying a fee. Not every handyman even qualifies or deserves to be certified. It’s not about taking a little test and paying a fee that makes you certified. You can find that easy and probably wouldn’t be hard to find someone to take your money. The contractor has to go through a process and prove experience. Pass a screening and put in the work. If you want to be respected as a certified handyman then it should be something you have to work for. Then there is the value of the certificate. Not the money value but the return you get from the hard work. Does your certificate work for you? Who backs your certified status? Without that it means nothing. You can make the certificate at home for a couple bucks. I’ve talked to a lot of guys who signed up for an association and paid their $50 took a little test and now advertise that they are certified. But when you ask them what that means they don’t have the answer because there isn’t one. It means nothing. Yes it was cheap and it sounds good to say I’m a member and I’m certified. Some even have a logo that says I’m a lifetime certified member. That’s even worse. So you can be a horrible handyman and commit fraud and all other types of bad stuff but you are certified for life. Really?!! The guy that took your money. Was he a handyman or a business man? What goods are you now selling to your clients. Being certified is a privilege and who is giving it out needs to make it valuable. Stand behind the certificate to make it worth working for. Does the state do that? Well kinda if you have a problem they will intervene but your money is lost. The UHA does that and more. Lower standards for the handyman! That bull s**t! The handyman is the one stop shop. One phone call saves you time and money. The handyman should have to work up to expectations but the only way the expectations go up is if you deserve them. Certify your business and deserve your customers respect. Are you just starting out then register and become a member of the UHA and tell us how we can help you. We don’t succeed until you do.
In the office the work attire may be a shirt and tie and maybe a jacket. Casual Friday might be a privilege. If someone isn’t following the rules or even worse they smell of something unbearable to others there is a department to handle it called HR human resources. What about for the handyman? Even though the handyman won’t get caught in a suit they still need to be clean and not smell. How do you handle it? They are representing you and your business. Your customers might be complaining if they know you well enough or worse they stop hiring you for their work because they feel uncomfortable having that conversation. Maybe it’s a cigarette smell like my experience, maybe its just plain body odor. In any case how do you handle it. I asked my smoking employee to change clothes prior to going into the customers house. Their is a local plumber in my area that exploits the smell good aspect. Is it ok to ask your handyman to smell better. I know it should be expected but people sometimes can’t smell themselves. They are representing you so do you provide them with work clothes to insure they are clean. Maybe a bottle of cologne? It might be funny but losing a customer because you or your worker smells isn’t funny at all. The Handyman performs a lot of different types of jobs so not like a painter that one would expect to have paint on them. The handyman shouldn’t bring evidence of their prior job to the next one. Its very important to keep up a professional clean look when in the presence of your customer. Oh and smelling good is always a plus. This is a conversation that you can have with your workers as they represent you. Having that conversation during the hiring process is best and overlooked most of the time. Remember they can be the best and have the greatest personality but if they smell bad they wont have the chance for anyone to give them the chance to know it.
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When a homeowner is considering a new project or hiring a new handyman they typically interview at least 3 different people/businesses. Your goal is to be the last one left. 3-2= you.
What makes you their choice? What do you have that sets your above your completion?
The customer has their own expectations of what they are looking for. Who represents themselves best, who is qualified for the job. Maybe asking for references tells you that they want assurance of your quality and honesty. Sometimes it comes down to who is the cheapest or the rule of thumb being the middle quote.
Imagine this: Put yourself in their position and you are interviewing handymen. A professional that you know is not regulated and all you have is your gut. A feeling of who is going to not rip me off or even worse be a threat to me or my family. Do you need to lock your valuables up and never leave them alone? These are the things that people think about. If you’ve ever hired someone to work for you then you know what this business brings to the table and the risk factor. Now back to you interviewing 3 handymen. They are all nice, they all say I have insurance and references. But one of them says I’m certified by the UHA and have passed a background. I am certified and backed by a $5,000 guarantee that if you pay me money I will perform the job that we agree on or the UHA will pay you back for your loss. Now you have an independent association standing behind one handyman that will also handle any future possible dispute between you and the UHA certified handyman at no cost to you the customer. All things being equal, who do you hire? No cost or additional fees to your new customer. All they get is a guarantee and peace of mind that you are the one for the job. 3-2= YOU.
How many customers can you afford to lose? Better yet, How many can you afford to gain?
Become a certified Handyman today and start utilizing the tools available to you now as a quality handyman.
Belonging to a business networking group or an association for handymen isn’t enough by itself. More often then not handymen are joining groups paying their hard earned money and then forgetting about it. You need to treat it just like a baby, take care of it, give it attention and nurture it to help it grow so that your association can then help you grow. Lets face it nothing is instant without hard work and perseverance. Your goal should be future not just today. You join an association for what it can bring you tomorrow. If you are lucky enough to be part of an association that will certify you and your skills then you should be yelling from the roof tops. Because you are a limited few in this business that is capable of such an honor. The rest just answer a few questions and pay a few dollars and Walla they’re certified. There is a reason some people become handymen when they can’t get hired at the nearest home depot. Is that you or are you the guy whop said I have a skill and I’m going to use it and start a business? Below are a few examples of how you can make the most of your membership.
UHA membership checklist to get the most out of an association for handymen.
1. Become an association member.
2. Become a certified member. (optional)
3. Provide your information to complete your online profile and get verified.
4. Complete certification process for your business.
5. Complete skill certifications only available from the UHA.
6. Display association member or certified membership logo on website, vehicles, invoices and business cards.
7. Install link to your association page from your website.
8. Need website/hosting? Sign up for your free webhosting with your certified membership or low cost without.
9. Business coaching- call or email to schedule your 1 hour one on one business coaching included with certified membership.
10. Need Insurance? – use resources on your member page to find low cost insurance.
11. Utilize the UHA as a resource for any business questions or needs throughout the year.
12. Fraud protection- Be sure to tell your potential customers that your business is supported by a $5000 guarantee from the UHA.
13. Having trouble getting paid? The UHA works for you to mediate and facilitate payment.
14. Need help setting up a business? Become a member and we will walk you through the process.
15. Marketing help also provided as part of coaching. Discounted help also provided by one of our marketers.
16. Just utilize your membership fully and you will benefit immensely.
17. Don’t be one of the companies that becomes a member and never does anything with it and wonders why there was no benefit.
Lets make the process simple. Go to www.theuha.net and search your zip code or handyman in the upper right hand corner. If you don’t find one near you then we will help you find one. Already have a handyman then we will screen him for you anonymously. Through our MyHome program we screen your in regulated Handyman to make sure he is safe to be in your home and qualified for your job. We verify that he has the business documents required to run a business. We check and verify that he has and maintains Insurance. We are all business so you can be relaxed and have the more personal relationship you enjoy with your handyman.
Remember that when you hear about something bad happening involving a handyman there are always several customers on the sidelines talking about how they trusted him and never would have thought this could happen. You only know what he tells you. Licensed Contractors go through a vetting process. Now the handyman can too but because they aren’t required by city or state they need to be required by you the customer.
Join MyHome and let us screen your handyman and we will make sure the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted.
The handyman trade is un regulated by state due to contractor license structure. Because of this anyone can become a handyman regardless of criminal record or background. Therefore we are holding the handyman to a higher standard as an independent association. Since 2010 we have been certifying the handyman but have come to realize that only the handyman that can pass a background would volunteer to be checked, so we decided to come to you, the customer to screen your handyman to make a difference on a larger scale. Over the last few years we have done random checks and have found child predators, sex offender’s and worse so help us screen your handyman and eliminate the bad ones. If your handyman gets certified then your My Home membership becomes free. #SafeHomeNow
My Home membership Benefits (Customer Membership) Sign up now
Free Membership if your handyman becomes certified.
- Screen and monitor your handyman included free.
- Piece of mind hiring.
- A resource for laws and regulations.
- Home repair tips and advice.
- Handyman Fraud protection.
- Handyman Dispute Mediation
- Search for a Handyman that fits your needs
- Resources and useful materials for safe home service hiring. Including My Home Log.
My Home PLUS Membership
- All the benefits of My Home and more.
- Screen and monitor your handyman for free+ two more home service professionals included for free.
- Handyman concierge service. Let us help you find your next handyman.
We make sure the service professionals you hire are safe so you can concentrate on what you need done. We notify you if anything of concern pops up regarding your home professional.
We put our money where our mouth is. If you hire one of our certified Handymen and they commit fraud towards you. (Take your money and run) We will pay you back for your loss. some conditions apply.
If you are like me then you pride yourself for your work and also having a business that is built on quality and trust. I formed the United Handyman Association with the same model as my Handyman Business. Always looking for what I could do to improve my work, my business and what I could do for my customers. The Association started with an idea of change. A voice for the Handyman to improve how the Handyman is received and recognized. But after some time it wasn’t going to be enough so I started listening and learning what both the Handyman and the Homeowner needed. How can I expect the Handyman to be treated like a real business if most of them aren’t a real business. What makes a real business? start with a business license, Insurance and a certification of some sort. I decided that the best certification would be to certify the Handyman business. So to be certified you need a business license, Insurance and pass a background etc. But then there was a question of uncertainty. The state contractor boards are constantly telling the homeowner that their money isn’t safe with a non licensed contractor. So I challenged myself to come up with some kind of guarantee that would remedy that valid concern. We are not an Insurance company so I can’t sell insurance that guarantees their work so I have to be careful of how I proceed. Remembering the stories from homeowners regarding contractor issues that I have heard many times. When the contractor takes the money and doesn’t complete the job. The contractors board has nothing in place to help the homeowner. In fact they recommend small claims court. Who wants to bother with that! Unless you want to meet Judge Judy. So how can I protect the homeowners money when they use a handyman. Remember I cant call it Insurance but I think, I have a certification I can guarantee. I can call it a protection, So I came up with Handyman Fraud Protection. A recovery protection that guarantees your customers that If they pay you for a service that is not completed by you then we pay them back for their loss. How does it work? When a Handyman gets certified by us and opts for fraud protection they make sure that every customer knows that they are protected by the UHA and when the customer is making a decision what Handyman to hire the choice will be the one that guarantees the job will be finished or their money back. Can everyone get certified? Every handyman can become a member and utilize the services of the UHA like Invoice collecting or business coaching but NO not every Handyman can get certified or Fraud Protection that’s what makes it so special to have. A certified Handyman is being rewarded for his quality behavior and business practices. Remember rather you are a member or Certified to make sure that everyone knows by placing on all emails, Invoices and website. Happy home repairs and thank you to those already taking advantage of this amazing protection. Become a member at www.unitedhandymanassociation.org
Is being a handyman the job for you?
Here is a check list to help you decide.
1. Good with your hands.
2. Have a knack for fixing things. When you take things apart you actually are able to put it back together. Not a talent shared by most. Seems simple for you.
3. Looking for a job that will give you flexibility. You decide when to work and when to play.
4. No Salary, no set income. Never know what money is coming in. Life of the self employed. Can you remain calm and stress free knowing inside that it all works out even when your pocket is empty?
5. There are only so many hours in a day and not enough sometimes to afford what you want. Keeping it simple has some advantages but unless you expand to hiring help the riches will escape you. How important is money to you? What is spending time with your family worth to you? You will make a decent living if you get past the first 5 years but on your own you will never be wealthy.
6. The work can be rewarding in itself. The feeling of accomplishment when you have built something or figured out the cause of the problem is hard to explain but is sure to be a good reason to move from project to project.
7. Part of the Family. Being a handyman puts you in a personal connection with your customer like part of the family sometimes. Invited to family events and always greeted with a warm reception. Feeling appreciated is a rewarding feeling that the average office worker never has the benefit of. If you are in business long enough you will watch your future customers grow up knowing you will be there for them when they need you.
If you got past that and you still feel that being a handyman is something that interests you then start your adventure. It is easy to start a handyman business with very little money, staying in business and being successful is the real challenge. If you have the benefit of another paying job while you build your customer base will be helpful so please don’t run out and quit your job. Start out on evenings and weekends. Figure out a marketing niche that works for you. You can join the UHA to get more business through our customer search or some business coaching if you need some more help. If you succeed as a handyman then we succeed as an industry so reach out and let us help you.
Good Luck Handyman!!
Here is the first Daily Drive with Flash video.
Rather its time to hire a handyman or its a handyman deciding who to work for. The best referral you have is from your gut.
Regardless of UHA certification you need to hire people that you feel good about. You get a sense of someone when you meet them or talk to them. A feeling about them that no referral can help you with. Just because your friend has a good experience with a handyman or contractor doesn’t mean that you will. Too many people hire someone because of a referral and then don’t understand why they don’t have the same warm and fuzzy experience. Because we all aren’t robots! We have different taste and personalities that don’t always mix well with each other. Sometimes people rub us the wrong way without any reason or explanation, no matter how well their work is the perception is blurred. I learned a long time ago that you can’t please everyone and in attempt you may not please anyone. Excepting the fact that not everyone is going to like you is a hard thing for some people to except but when you do, it allows you to surround yourself with like minded people and the warm fuzzy experience is back for you as the home owner and for the handyman or contractor. I recommend to the handyman and contractor to follow the same gut rather when it comes to who to work for or what job to take. to pay attention to their inner feeling. Sometimes walking away from a job is better then taking on a job that might go bad. Maybe its a job that they shouldn’t be doing, maybe they don’t have enough experience to take on that project. Be honest and talk your way out of the job and you will be appreciated more and receive more work from the trust you just built. Sometimes the person that is the hardest to be honest with is ourselves. So rather you are in the position of hiring or being hired, listen to yourself and go with your gut it never fails.
Flash Shelton H.D.
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Follow your gut