If you’re looking to become a handyman, you naturally want to give yourself every chance at being as successful as possible. Being a handyman is so much more than a career; it can be a true vocation in life which allows you to lead a better, more fulfilled life. Being resourceful, possessing agility, physical and mental strength are just a few characteristics that a typical handyman has, as these skills are used in day-to-day life. So what are the top tips you need to know, in order to be a successful handyman?

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1. Build Confidence And Start Off With Small Tasks

You need to learn handyman skills before you can start working, so it is a good idea to get as much experience as possible. Skills such as painting and drilling are a great foundation to build on, so any chance you get, try to seize the opportunity and educate yourself. If your mum keeps moaning about that spare room that needs a lick of paint, why not see it as a mini-project and surprise her with a paint refresh? There are myriad opportunities for learning relevant handyman skills at your own and your families’ homes. Not only are learning a new craft, you are also gaining experience of working with different personalities and managing client expectations.

2. Develop Your Key Skills And Be Open To Learning

Some of the common handyman skills include a methodical and logical approach, the ability to problem-solve, attention to detail, and a basic understanding of the concepts involved in building and construction. As you’re becoming more confident with the work that you do, the next step is for you to expand on your skillset. Some heavy lifting may be required, so it might be an idea to look at your physical fitness. Can you be more agile and perhaps get a little fitter? If you want to feel inspired, why not watch programmes such as Grand Designs, Location Location Location, Your Home Made Perfect, and Ugly House to Lovely House? They are just a few TV shows that are packed with handy tips and advice – you never know, you might pick up something new that you can wow a future customer with.

3. Expand Your Horizons With Tools And A CSCS Card

Clients will require you to be using tools for specific site tasks, so be sure to familiarise yourself with these before you start work. You will also need a CSCS card (granted by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme), which is needed to access and work on-site in the construction industry in the UK. The fastest and cheapest way to apply for a CSCS card is to apply directly to the CSCS via their online application service.

What is a typical pathway into becoming a handyman? If young, you might start work on-site as a site labourer. With time and as you prove yourself by working alongside highly skilled tradespeople, you might be given more complex tasks, meaning you are steadily expanding your skillset. In doing this, you might find you excel in certain areas, in which case you can progress into becoming a skilled labourer, then onto becoming a handyman.

A handyman is in essence, a person who is “handy” at various jobs. Familiarise yourself with the methods of working in a wide range of areas, such as construction, site maintenance, painting, decorating, plastering, and gardening. If you have a keen willingness to learn and develop your basic handyman skills, it could be the perfect opportunity to find the ideal career path for you.

Becoming a Handyman is a rewarding vocation that can lead to a number of other career paths. Following further education in the form of an NVQ or similar, you may want to pursue a career as a Carpenter, Plumber, Electrician, or Painter and Decorator. All of these can be very rewarding and stimulating careers that ensure you have a steady stream of work.

Contact King Contract Services to learn more about how being a handyman can facilitate the next step in your career.

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