Have you built a reputation for doing odd DIY jobs for family and friends? Are you regularly called upon to help fix a broken bannister or check on loose roof tiles?

If you find that you’re enjoying doing these tasks and want to turn them into a business opportunity, it’s worth taking the time to research setting up a full time enterprise. You’d be joining the almost six million SMEs that have also taken the leap and set up on their own.

So, wondering where to start with your new venture? Read our guide to help you launch your business.

Do a good job

Word of mouth referrals are a great way to start your business. Doing a good job and getting testimonials from the people you’ve helped will not only show that you’re good at what you do, but that you are trustworthy.

Handymen and women generally start with a small number of people that they’ve helped and, as your reputation grows, you’re likely to receive more referrals. From there, you’ll pick up more business and it can become a snowball effect where you’re booked in for several jobs in across a few months.

Invest in good quality tools

When you were doing the occasional favour for friends and family, it’s likely that you were using your own tools that you picked up over the years. However, once you start to build your client base, you’ll be able to invest in good quality tools and equipment.

Spend some time researching the items you need to be able to get the job done, from handheld tools to power tools and budget for these. For instance, if it’s time to update your drill, take some time to compare the different types that are on the market and choose the one that best suits the tasks you’re regularly booked for.

Think about advertising

Do you have a logo? If not, look around for graphic design services that can help you come up with one that suits you and your brand. From there, you can look at printing leaflets and think about adding signage to your car or van.

If you don’t yet have a website or social media, take the time to set up your online presence. This will give potential customers something to refer to when they see your leaflets or van. Showcase the work you’ve done, whether you’ve laid decking or built a hallway.

Use business cards

Business cards are an easy advertising method that can quickly get your name out to potential customers. Have some printed with your logo on and keep them with you to hand to the neighbours of clients.

Sam Allcock