Homeowners and business owners call on handymen to help them with odd jobs around their properties. A handyman most commonly performs general maintenance and repair tasks having to do with construction specialties like plumbing, building, and electricity.
While some handymen might work for a specific company, most are self-employed. Through personal promotion, advertisement, and especially word-of-mouth referrals, they generate a network of clients.
A handyman might complete tasks ranging from installing plumbing fixtures to fixing faulty light switches to patching damaged drywall. Each customer will have a different need for a handyman, and before he earns the job, he may need to submit an estimate regarding costs and time frames.
Handymen find themselves in a different location each day, whether it be a home or place of business. They bring their own tools and equipment. A handyman can often set and control his own hours. Many handymen work on call, meaning they may need to quickly complete an emergency job during the night or on the weekend.
Handymen learn their skills on the job. They might work as an apprentice as a way of gaining experience and knowledge. For some specialties, a handyman needs to gain state licensing. People in this field should possess a technical and mechanical mindset, manual dexterity, self-reliance, and good communication skills.
The average salary for a handyman was $36,000, according to Indeed.com, as of April 2010.