Do you know the difference between a hammer and a mallet, a reciprocating saw and a miter saw or a framing nailer and a finish nailer? Do you know when to use a trowel versus a putty knife or grout float? Any idea what a chalk line does? If you know the answers to all of these questions, you might have what it takes to ace this quiz on handyman equipment!
Let's face it -- some people are just not designed to sit in a cubicle from 9 to 5 staring at a computer screen. If being trapped in an office all day sounds like your worst nightmare, consider whether a career in the trades might be a better fit. While you can always go to trade school or find an apprentice program, you can also strike out on your own, taking advantage of your natural skills to pursue a career as a handyman.
Wondering where to find customers? Start with friends and neighbors, who might need a hand installing a new hardwood floor, renovating a kitchen, repairing a pesky electrical outlet, or patching up some damaged siding. As you complete jobs and show off your skills, ask your customers to pass on your contact info to anyone in their social circle who needs your services. Over time, you can build a real career like this, learning new skills as you go.
Of course, it's hard to succeed as a handyman if you don't have any tools. You can start with the basics, investing in better quality or more specialized equipment and hand tools as your business grows. Do you think you know the tools a handyman uses to make a living? Take our quiz to find out!