Learning to Become a Contractor

becoming-a-contractorToday this country (United States) is fraught with people unemployed and wondering where their next dollar is going to come from. For some that boat has already sailed loaded with many folks who have just given up. That said, perhaps they have overlooked where the “parachutes” are located and the information required in becoming a handyman. And before you start the handwringing routine give this option some serious thought. It may not be as difficult of a chore as you think. Learning how to fix things and gain the skills needed can be an enjoyable process.

A True Handyman Can Fix Just About Anything Around Your House

That is a true statement if you have the necessary skills and experience in using various types of tools and equipment. Yet at some point, being a handyman requires skills not only in a painting or plumbing job, it can involve flooring, electrical work, repairing damages and something as simple as hanging new drapes and curtain rods for a senior citizen. So the question before the house of common sense is how does a handyman wannabe learn new skills in various areas of interest?

The Handyman Beginners Primer

* Start watching home improvement shows on TV
* Get trained and volunteer to work in the construction field (think: Habitat for Humanity who would love to see your face in the place)
* Go to your nearest home improvement store and sign up for a handyman course
* Read plenty of home improvement books. And to save money, get a library card and checkout books instead of buying them
* Ask a friend or relative you know who works in the handyman profession to guide you along the path to joining this profession. Who knows; he may hire you as an assistant!
* Find what licensing is needed to become a handyman in your state or city
* Decide how much you’ll be charging prospective customers. Will it be by the hour or by the job? Set prices for each job, as well.

The Final Analysis

You will need handyman tools of your own. Borrowing the customers tools is not professional. Home improvement stores usually have a basic tool kit for handyman beginners. You can always purchase more if needed or find the best available tools by visiting TopRateTen. You’ll also need a small 6-foot step ladder, work gloves, calking gun, power drill, and so on.

Your recap: Become book smart, attend workshops, make sure you have the right tools for the right job and listen to your elders. There is no substitute for experience and the older generation had it. When looking for work, target seniors who still live in their own homes. Many can’t do simple chores any longer and your experience will be extremely valuable to them.

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