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Old 12-16-2011, 11:58 PM   #16
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Now you have scared A.S.S. off... Maybe he is too busy.

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Now you have scared A.S.S. off... Maybe he is too busy.
This guy isn't for real. Can't you guys see that? He hasn't been scared off he has just had his fun for now.

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I downloaded this app in hopes to further my skills. I was asking a simple question in how people before marketed there business. I am sorry I don't want to hear peoples life stories I just would like a simple answer. It should not matter what my skills are. If you don't like what I am saying then just unsubscribe.
Does that sound like the words of a person trying to start a new business and asking for and appreciating your help? And the A.S.S. thing, HE KNOWS THAT ! It is part of the spoof.

You guys are such fishes.
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Old 12-17-2011, 12:01 PM   #18
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Not to mention that the thread was last years.
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Old 12-18-2011, 07:16 AM   #19
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Alboro, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say A.S. Services was a troll. He posted on one thread and never returned. You really think he went out into the handyman business world with a company name like A.S. Services?
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:34 AM   #20
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I downloaded this app in hopes to further my skills. I was asking a simple question in how people before marketed there business. I am sorry I don't want to hear peoples life stories I just would like a simple answer. It should not matter what my skills are. If you don't like what I am saying then just unsubscribe.
I would say with a attitude like that i think you may have to change it before you will get out ot the starting gate . If you need to further your skills you mite look at the attitude first. Their was no need to use the first line and last line in your post. Their is no simple answare if you don't know it you are lost. No need to bash me which i know you would like to. I was in busisness for around 50 yrs and i didn't have a attitude like your's in just some post's ?? good luck sound's like you will need it
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Old 12-19-2011, 10:21 PM   #21
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For advertising, word of mouth is best, I worked 1/2 a year doing carpentry for 2 brothers and one of their sons.

Get a van or truck it doesn't need to be new just in good shape, keep it clean, put your name, number and website on it.
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This has been a very interesting thread. There has been some hard criticism and I am a total fan of it. Tough love! I would like some advice in terms of a career in handyman/renovations.
I am presently employed With a city agency that will allow me to retire by the age of 42. I have no desire to continue in my current occupation and seeing how I thoroughly enjoy renovations etc I know this is something I want to pursue.
My aspiration is to own a small contracting company of at least 5 men after I retire in 14 years. I intend to be licensed, bonded, insured and after reading these posts, I need to find a small niche in the cotrracting market that I can call myself an expert of professional. Additionally i will have access to some start-up cash.
My plan to get there includes attaining a certificate for contruction management from the local engineering school and continuing to grow my skill-set taking on projects. I have done quite of bit of work in my current fixer-upper. Complete bathroom renos, hardwood flooring etc.
I welcome all your posts no matter how direct.
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:01 PM   #23
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After some of the handymen we get on here, I can tell you, you don't have to know anything. You just have to think you know everything.
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A.S. Services. Your question was how to market your new business. As Oh`Mike quized, where are you and what can you offer. If you live in a iig city, it is quite different that being a local rural handyman. Signage is always good but may be restricted where you are. Advertising on your truck and trailer is good and a constant reminder to all you pass by. A local paper may offer business card ads for a reasonable fee. Flyers can be specifically targeted via the post office to the people or area you would like to concentrate on. I would be cautious about expectations being a new entree into the market. Being new means that you have to prove yoursel before making any major claims. The good advice above is to be honest, price yourself fairly (labor & overhead & profit) which may take a while to establish, and advertise yourself as a handyman. If you are a welder then be a welder (more money for sure), same with a carpenter or electrician. Any major work in these fields, usually, must be done by a qualified liscensed trades person. (Be careful.) Check with your local County or State or province or whatever, but be sure of what you can do. Law suits aren`t good. Back to advertising, just use common sense and include advertising into your budgeting process.
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The fact that the OP (Original Poster) hasn't been here in more than three hundred and seventy-five days doesn't seem to ring a bell or mean anything to anyone???
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The fact that the OP (Original Poster) hasn't been here in more than three hundred and seventy-five days doesn't seem to ring a bell or mean anything to anyone???
I guess time flies when you are having fun. Or as Kermit says, "Time is fun when you are having flies."
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This has been a very interesting thread. There has been some hard criticism and I am a total fan of it. Tough love! I would like some advice in terms of a career in handyman/renovations.
I am presently employed With a city agency that will allow me to retire by the age of 42. I have no desire to continue in my current occupation and seeing how I thoroughly enjoy renovations etc I know this is something I want to pursue.
My aspiration is to own a small contracting company of at least 5 men after I retire in 14 years. I intend to be licensed, bonded, insured and after reading these posts, I need to find a small niche in the cotrracting market that I can call myself an expert of professional. Additionally i will have access to some start-up cash.
My plan to get there includes attaining a certificate for contruction management from the local engineering school and continuing to grow my skill-set taking on projects. I have done quite of bit of work in my current fixer-upper. Complete bathroom renos, hardwood flooring etc.
I welcome all your posts no matter how direct.

Don't take any work you aren't comfortable doing, and not completely confident you can do well. Don't take on too much work or you will risk losing customers.

Set up contracts and payment schedules, don't let people get into you for too much money, always get an upfront deposit if the material cost is substantial. (I always do if the material is more than 500 bucks, the customer pays for that upfront) If you are doing small jobs no big deal, however with a larger job you are gambling by leaving a large sum to be paid on completion. Even if it is just a slow payer, it can still really screw up your cash flow.

Always do your best and make sure you leave peoples homes clean and a quality end result.

Good to have some money put away as well, cash flow can sometimes be a problem with a new small business.
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Thanks for the post. Seems like just keeping it honest works in the long run.

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