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3 Ways to Make Extra Money with a Handyman Side Hustle
When construction and home renovation seasons become slow, it is important to think of creative ways to keep busy with your hands to keep funds flowing. Here are three things you can do to pick up extra work:
1. Making and Selling Your Own High-End Wood Furniture
These days you don’t even need to be a Master Carpenter to be able to make quality wooden furniture. All you need is the right set of templates, the right tools, and the right materials to create beautiful hand-crafted furniture that most homeowners would appreciate and enjoy.
Start by researching what pieces of furniture are trending in the market and make a prototype. Use it as a display model to promote and presell as custom pieces where customers can choose the colour and type of wood and finishing. Figure out the cost of the materials and your markup and price it. If you are new to woodworking, start with simple projects so you can make them relatively quickly and well done. Visit this link to access Over 9000 woodworking plans for wood furniture and small crafts.
2. Finishing Outdoor Furniture
Not everyone is aware that wooden outdoor furniture requires cleaning (power washing) and refinishing every few years. Because of moisture that causes wood rot and sunlight that bleaches out the natural colour and fades the original finish. A great service to offer your clients during downtimes is to refinish their outdoor wood furniture. This is often one of those things that sit on a homeowner “to-do-list” for years and never get done. You can remind them of their forgotten projects and sweeten the deal by doing it for them! Problem solved. There are a lot of finishes on the market, some better than others. Here is a link to a few sold on Amazon that you can use to compare.
3. Cleaning and Repairing Old Furniture
You can promote the cleaning and repair of old furniture to older clients who may be dangerously using and sitting on fragile pieces. You can be considered a local hero by offering your services to repair such hazards. Keep in mind that if there is something that is broken that is costs more to repair than to replace. Then be honest with your client and let them know their options. This can apply to all furniture types, indoor/outdoor, wood, or upholstered. Don’t oversell the value in repairing or cleaning if it’s not worth it. However, use this as an opportunity to offer your customer to build them something from a template, or help them to assemble something from a big box store like Ikea.
The bottom line:
As a Handyman, stay busy and create opportunities to be able to attract new and keep existing clients happy with these types of small projects in between the bigger projects that will come up down the road.
The 3 Main Differences Between a Handyman and General Contractor
What are the 3 Main Differences Between a Handyman and a General Contractor?
When it comes to hiring a handyman or a licensed contractor, the issue is not about who can do a better job, the issue is about who is better able to handle the responsibilities of the job based on the scope of the project.
Is individually responsible for completing the work within a job.
Is responsible for completing the work with the assistance of other sub-contractors.
Usually is called in for short term jobs lasting from a couple of hours to a few days.
Usually is called for long term projects that last a week up to several months.
Job focus is usually: repair work, maintenance, and installations.
Job focus usually involves building or redeveloping from scratch.
Common Tasks Performed:
• Constructing and hanging shelving and cabinets
• Repairing damaged or broken stairs and decks
• Performing finish work
• Painting or staining custom woodwork
• Erecting prefabricated outbuildings
• Helping to secure construction-related permits
• Conducting certified energy audits
• Supervising a sub-contracting team
• Adding a second story to a residence
• Finishing a job that requires a builder’s permit
As a General Contractor, Independent Contractor or a Handyman, it isn't always easy keeping up to date with your job requests, client files, and marketing. Many new leads fall by the wayside when you are unable to answer calls, and prospecting for new business is often a challenge when you are busy on the job. That is where I come in.
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