There’s never a time when you couldn’t use a little extra money in your pocket, and as a handyman, you’ve got a unique set of skills. Using your knowledge as a handyman around the house has probably saved you hundreds, in not thousands, in general upkeep and repair bills. So, why not turn that experience into an extra source of income? So many people find themselves with little odds and ends around the home that need some major TLC, but they don’t have the time or the knowledge necessary to get the job done. You could make a little extra money, and be rewarded with the knowledge that you’ve helped make some people’s lives a little easier.
Let’s dive in to the 3 ways that a handyman can make some extra money. You don’t have to limit yourself to just these 3 ideas, but they’ll certainly get you started and give you the inspiration you need to turn this hobby into a rewarding extra income stream.
Build & Sell Small Furniture
Small pieces of furniture don’t take major tools or a ton of time to build. As long as you have the right equipment and space at home, you could build small end tables, bookshelves, TV trays, nightstands, and more! The cost of materials for building small pieces of furniture is pretty low, and your return could be very high. If you need a little inspiration for what you’d like to build, or what people might look for, then try to browse trending online furniture. This will give you an idea of what the most popular furniture is on the market and give you some inspiration for what you might like to build. Once you have a handful of furniture built and ready to be sold, it’s time to start listing them and get paid. You could do this in a few different ways. Online marketplaces such as Facebook, Craigslist, and ebay are great places to start. If going online isn’t your cup of tea, then consider holding a yard sale or getting at spot at your local flea market. Once you find a customer base, then you could even take orders for specific furniture. This could become a great side business that brings in plenty of extra money.
Offer Your Services
How many people have minor jobs that need doing around their homes, but no one to do them? Probably more than you realize! Most people lead very busy lives these days and are trying to juggle full-time jobs, family, love, hobbies, and appointments. There’s no end to their to-do list, and not enough time in the day to get to everything. As a handyman, you can offer your services to people who need a helping hand. Whether that’s helping with odd jobs around the home, or helping a family move, there’s plenty of work available for a strong handyman. You can start by asking people you already know if they have any work that they’d be willing to pay you to do for them. Oftentimes, people need more help than they let on, and you might find yourself getting more requests than you know what to do with! If you don’t have a wide social circle, or your friends and family don’t have anything that they need your help with, then consider trying an online platform like TaskRabbit to advertise yourself. You’ll be able to see a list of jobs available in your area, and you can pick as many or as little as you want.
Flip Old Furniture
There are a ton of hugely popular TV series about flipping houses, and you can do the same with furniture too! This is a great option because you don’t have to worry about building an entire coffee table or rocking chair. You just buy one, fix it up, and sell it. You can find amazing furniture for cheap at yard sales, garage sales, flea markets, and discount stores. Pick a couple pieces of furniture that you feel confident about flipping and get to work. You’ll need some tips for restoring old furniture, but once you get the hang of it, this process will be a breeze. You can sell the furniture that you’ve slipped on online marketplaces where you can list the price at whatever you’d like. It’s best to keep the prices reasonable, or else you risk never making a sale. Once you get the hang of this process, you’ll easily be able to make some extra money every week.
There are plenty of ways that a handyman can make some extra money, and these 3 ideas will offer you the inspiration you need to get started. Whether your skills as a handyman have been used purely as a hobby or you’ve already dipped your toes into getting paid for your work, there’s no reason not to expand and create a lucrative side income stream for yourself.