How I wanna be a PP Pro
Join Date: Oct 2012
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I have a good friend, Jeff, who was/is a Master Plumber who decided a few years ago (3-4) to advertise Handyman services. Holy Crap it took off like you couldn't believe. Shocked him since he just thought maybe it would be a time-filler for a crew. Nope- he has 5 vans running full time and has been trying to hire additional help at $18/hr plus benefits without much luck. It's the emergency night work that's the killer on the employee hunt. He is out of Ames but also does DSM area.
In Indianola a fella across the street from home was a P&P fella who started a handyman service for Warren Co and he now has 2 trucks going full time.
Neither are franchises. I personally like franchises since it gives the appearance AND support structure.
Personally, from what I see as a huge demand is the sewer clean out business. I know there are the RotoRooter franchise guys BUT has anyone tried to book an appt with them? 2 days wait normally. Buy a Jetter and cash in if its work that appealing. I had looked at Mr Rooter and that's appealing....not glorious work