How to Start a Handyman Referral Business. A handyman referral service is a simple home business to start-up. The cost to get this business off the ground is pretty low, but it does require some legwork and networking with local contractors. Still, if you learn how to start a handyman referral service, you can begin quickly and start earning money within a few weeks.
Get an idea of the contractors in your area. Use your local phone directory to check out how many handyman listings there are. Also check flyers on public bulletin boards to see if you can find newer business models.
Contact local handyman businesses to see which ones are willing to work with you. Explain your process and that you will market to a large audience and have the potential to bring in a good deal of business. Be willing to give handymen an incentive to try out your service in the beginning.
Work out a contract for the handyman businesses you'll represent. Your job will be to work as the go-between, making sure that each homeowner gets paired with the right handyman. Consider how you'll get paid. Some handyman referral businesses charge a portion of the cost of the project, which would come from the handyman, and others charge a flat fee to the client (homeowner) before setting up the service.
Ask the client to fill out a questionnaire. This person should describe in detail the project and expectations. Use that questionnaire as part of the contract package to make sure that you are contracting out for the right amount of work. Be sure to get clarification on any parts of the project at this juncture.
Use the information from the clients to contact local handymen. You should know the business owners and their strengths well enough to get the bid out to one or two of them who would be best suited for the job. The handymen will give you their rates, and you work out the final details with the client.