How to Be a Handyman

A true handyman can fix just about anything around the house and has skills and experience using various types of tools and equipment. At some point, being a homeowner requires home improvement skills in anything from painting and plumbing to flooring. If you're the type of person who likes to learn how to fix things on your own instead of hiring someone, learning handyman skills saves money. You can also work for yourself and start a profitable handyman business.

Learn how to become a handyman.
  1. Sign up for some training classes at your local college or trade school. Complete training courses to receive a specialized certification, degree or a contractor license. You can become licensed to start your own handyman business and work for yourself.
  2. Go to your local community educational center and complete a handyman training course. If you're not looking for a degree or certification, you can still learn how to use different types of tools and pick up various handyman skills for completing home repairs.
  3. Start watching home improvement shows on television. Learn new skills in different areas of interests.
  4. Go to your local home improvement store and sign up for a handyman course. Stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's provide these courses to homeowners, and people interested in learning new skills. Purchase home improvement books from both of these stores.
  5. Purchase your handyman tools. Go to a home improvement store and purchase a basic tool kit to get started, and then purchase more tools as you learn new skills. Buy a hammer, level, power drill, wrench set, screw drivers, tape measure, miter saw, caulk gun, paint brush, work gloves and a 6-foot step ladder.
  6. Ask a handyman friend or relative to teach you some home improvement skills. Accompany them on their job as an apprentice and learn firsthand from an experienced handyman professional.
  7. Volunteer to work on a construction site through the Habitat for Humanity organization. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to work alongside a painter one day and a plumber the next, without a certification requirement. Learn a wide range of skills by volunteering.
  8. Find out the handyman licensing requirements in your state, if you plan on becoming a self-employed handyman. Some states require a handyman to have a license before conducting work for electrical, gas or plumbing jobs.
  9. Decide how much you're going to charge by the hour, if you're forming your own handyman business. Since a handyman covers so many aspects of home improvement, your services are more valuable. Charge anywhere from $15 to $45 per hour. Set prices for each area of expertise.

About the Author

Matt Goetz began writing in 2007 with work appearing on various websites. He is a professional painter who owns and operates a residential painting business, and also has experience in home remodeling. Goetz obtained an associate degree from the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee trade school in Berkley, Ill.

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