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Published by Ed in Lifestyle • 3/13/2010 10:30:44 AM
I have been asked by a number of people how I "became" a handyman.

First, I must have inherited a gene for mechanical curiousity. My dad is quite a home handyman, my grandfather was an industrial inventor. As long as I can remember I have been interested in how things work. In my basement I have a number of electrical devices (dvd players, coffee makers, drills) just waiting to be taken apart to determine exactly how they function and to salvage any useable parts.

Second, I am not afraid to dive into virtually any repair or fabrication project including remodels, custom built-in furniture, fine architectural woodworking, and metalworking. I do have boundaries as to projects I will not accept: electrical and plumbing (require licenses in this state), additions (require too much time), roofing (keeps my liability insurance cost within reason), and masonary. Of course, if it was for MY house, I would do it in a heartbeat.

Third, I became an avid reader and subscriber to trade journals and home repair magazines. I attended trade shows. I read home and equipment repair manuals. I watched home improvement shows. I learned what I could on-line through manufacturers' web sites. I read product literature. And I continue to do all of this as part of my never-ending learning process.

And, finally, I had to overcome the internal conversation that since I already had a degree in biology and an MBA to boot, I should be doing something that utilizes my past education. That was probably the single, largest hurdle I had to overcome. But I came to realize that my deepest satisfaction came from the sense of accomplishment I get when I complete a tangible project. I never felt this in any other job I have ever held, even when it was my own business. I am a handyman. It's an innate part of my personality. Take it away and what is left is not me.

I hope this helps you to decide if this career is right for you. For me it is the ultimate lifestyle career with the freedom to decide when and for whom I will work. And it truly is the ultimate in job security, you cannot be laid off.

If you are on the fence about starting a handyman business, send me an email. I am an outstanding small business consultant with tremendous business start-up record. I'll get you off that fence...

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