Many homeowners, and a number of businesses too make use of jobbing skills offered by informal tradespeople called ‘handymen’ – perhaps that should be ‘handypeople’, because there are both men and women at work out there! Mr-Skill has a number of expert members that fall into this category, and our ‘handymen’ are waiting to quote on the handyman job you need to have done. Their role is to carry out repairs and maintenance, and they could be registered to work with plumbing, electrical and construction type work too.
How Handymen Find Work
Quite a number end up in full time employment, and have on-going contracts assigned to them by their employers. However, many prefer to remain independent and go it alone. Initially they have to advertise their services and build up a network of regular clients to get continuous work. These self-employed workers are usually multi-skilled, and may also rely largely on word of mouth referrals to fill their diaries.
What to Expect
This is one area of the trades sector where practically anything goes. The work can be small once-off quick fixes, or large projects involving several workers with different skills and experience levels. It could be labour intensive, or highly skilled project work. One of our regular London handymen tells us that to thrive in his line of business, he has to work to a consistently high standard. This not only produces the work for today and tomorrow, but well into the future too. Ideally, a handyman needs to be in great demand and highly sought-after as well.
All handymen learn from the work they perform. They have to be virtually all-things-to-all-people, which suggests the need for excellent communication skills. Handymen also must possess the necessary skills to complete the mechanical and technical tasks assigned to them. In exchange, a handyman can normally negotiate his own hours of work – bearing in mind that the customer always comes first. The variety of work on offer demands that a handyman should keep a well-stocked tool box to carry out the work that comes their way.
Negotiating a Contract
Mr-Skill recommends that when you find your preferred handyman service, you should draw up a fair agreement to protect your interests. This not only avoids unnecessary squabbles, it also safeguards the interests of both parties too. When you choose one of our handymen, you can rest assured that you will not only get a good price, but that you can look forward to a great job as well!