Although most handyman businesses are one-pickup operations with low overhead and no employees, that's not the only possible business model. I own a full-service kitchen-and-bath remodeling business in eastern Massachusetts that specializes in high-end custom work. For several years now, I've run a handyman service as a sideline, and it's proven to be a worthwhile addition to my main business.

One key benefit is that it lets us turn potential down time into revenue. Although plenty of work is still available, the pace has slowed from what it was a year or two ago when jobs were going begging. In a slower market, the handyman service provides a way to keep my staff busy and paying for themselves while I'm selling that next big job.

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