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micko2602 micko2602 is offline
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Odd jobs/ general house hold jobs Man

I am considering starting a small business offering my DIY skills to others.
I have served an apprenticeship in electrical fitting and have an HNC in Electronics (not sure how relevant they are).

In the past 4 years I have renovated my house from top to bottom including but not limited to;
Laying laminate flooring, Replacing taps and sinks, painting and decorating, Tiling, Replacing Light fittings and sockets, repairing damaged fences, Laying decking, grass cutting, general landscaping, Fitting shelves, changing door handles, installing a wireless network, upgrading PC's, prety much any of those small niggly jobs that most people could do them selves but are either to busy or not confident enough.

I know my limits and would never tackle something which I thought I would be unable to finish.

Does anyone see this as a worthwhile opportunity?

I work a rotating shift system so end up with alot of spare time which was hoping to utilise to start a business of my own.

Any ideas or feedback is appreciated
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multi talented is good.
why not try a little idea i never got round to, nearly did but went into suspended cielings instead:
hundreds of houses are sold by families of someone as part of an estate. many of these are in a pretty awful state with wall paper peeling, shelves on the floor, doors off their hinges. the family just want shot of the place but cant be bothered to do it up and so it looks cr*p. why not offer estate agents a service for say £1,000 or even 2 fixed price. where you go in and do a mad one week makeover. stick back up the peeling paper. quick bucket of magnolia. cheap carpet. cut grass, wash windows subcontract comercial cleaners etc etc totally superficial but will help the sale no end.

the agents get the house sold quicker and maybe a comission and the seller is happy especially if he can pay when the house is sold (thatsthe tricky bit) but will probably say ok to bigger price ie two grand if the house will go quicker as he wants his mits on old auntie flo's legacy. the idea would also look good for trustees of an estate who want to clear the sale away so they can distribute the proceeds but dont have any cash to do the job. at least you know the client will have money sloshing about soon so wont be a bad debt.
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Not a bad idea, sort of like a house doctor except without he plastic surgery.

Suppose even breaking it down to tidying up the garden and giving the place some 'kerb appeal' could do it.

Thanks for that idea
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I would set up several different businesses in you area. I think the problem with the term or image of "odd job" men is that they are not professionally trained in anything in particular.

So I would advertise the buisiness under several different headings rather then a general canopy.

1 - Gardening / Landscaping

2 - Painting / decorating

3 - Decking

4 - PC upgrade

Etc etc

This will give potential customers that you are a specialist and easier to find in the yellow pages.

But def a go'er if you are that way inclined.
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Take a look at: http://www.0800handyman.co.uk/
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I think the idea is brilliant. My dad runs 2 businesses one fitting carpets where he has done it for over 25 years and a smart repair business for bumper scuffs and so on.

Being a carpet fitter he often gets contract work and one of his biggest earners is in sheltered accommodation.

As he for example lays carpets and the elderly ask him just to do odd jobs while he's there such as putting up blinds or some decorating.

This is where you could make a small fortune as by god they love to talk to each other. You would not need advertising and with the size of most sheltered accommodation you would be busy enough just with them.

Plus you get treated better in the form of jaffa cakes and more cups of tea than you can drink!
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Thanks for the positive replies.

Rhys I am concerned by the term "handyman" so I am tempted to steer away from it but still give over the impression of someone who has skills in various trades. I like your idea of listing skills.

Phil I had a look at www.0800handyman.co.uk, excellent site and it shows that there is a need for it. Franchises are in excess of £30K and after looking down the back of the sofa im still along way short of that. But it has given me some ideas for lines of work which I can advertise.

Iccomms, I just need to get out there and start it, cost of start up virtually nill, I have loads of tools which I have bought over the years for my job and jobs around the house, I will need some business cards, letter heads, invoices etc but these are relatively small in cost (I hope).

On the subject of business cards and letter heads, I have an idea in mind for a name Something like DI4Y, kind of "let me DO IT 4 YOU", are there and ways of designing a logo myself on a free package perhaps and where's the best place for business cards and letter headed paper.

Thanks again to everyone
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