7 In Demand Handyman Jobs That Pay Well

by Tanya August 04, 2023

Finding a well-paying job is not always easy.

Becoming a handyman can be a lucrative and stable career choice because people will always need these services.

Busy working parents simply don’t have the time (or skills) to take care of simple repairs and maintenance, wealthy people simply don’t want to, and the elderly can’t or don’t want to either.

The average handyman salary in London is £34,681. This is 10.3% more than the average national salary for handyman jobs. The salary can be way higher if you run your own handyman business.

Below we look at some of the best handyman jobs.

1. Carpenter

Carpenters build, install and repair wooden structures. The particular jobs include insulating office buildings, installing drywall or kitchen cabinets, erecting scaffolding for construction projects, or putting up wooden concrete forms for cement footings or pillars.

Carpenter is both a builder and a repairer.

With some basic skills in carpentry, any individual can initiate a furniture repairing business from his or her home location.

If you have skills and knowledge about cabinet making then the furniture refurbishing business is perfect for you. People always prefer to have handmade cabinets according to their specific size and taste rather than buying off-the-shelf options.

You can break into carpentry with only a high school education.

Carpentry is an old age profession and still, the demand is growing.

Having proper skills in carpentry and knowledge about different types of wood is important to start this business.

2. Electrician

An electrician is a specialist who installs and maintains electrical equipment.

No matter where in the world you live, electricians are always in demand, because all countries are reliant on electricity.

We use it for everything from powering our homes to running our businesses. As long as we continue to use electricity, there will always be a need for qualified electricians.

While some electrical work is fairly simple and can be completed by anyone with basic knowledge, other tasks require the expertise of a licensed electrician.

If you are looking to become a certified electrician, find electrician courses in your area to enrol.

Here are the types of jobs you can expect to do after taking the course:

  • Designing and planning the layout of wiring, equipment and fittings
  • Installing initial wires (known as ‘first fix’) and connecting them to sockets, light fittings, power supplies and other fittings (known as ‘second fix’)
  • Fitting fuse boxes and circuit breakers
  • Testing wiring and other electrical equipment, then fixing any identified faults
  • Running cables and connecting computers, vehicle charging points and smart meters to power supplies

3. Plumber

A plumber is a specialist who is responsible for installing, maintaining, and repairing plumbing systems, and household appliances.

They cut, weld, work with industrial drainage, and assemble pipes, tubes, fittings, and fixtures. They also inspect and test plumbing systems for safety, functionality, and compliance.

Plumbing is an essential part of any home or office. Without plumbing, we would be without running water or go to the toilet.

It takes years to master plumbing through on-the-job experience.

Plumbing is an essential service. We rely on plumbing daily, and when something goes wrong, we need someone who knows how to fix it quickly and efficiently.

That’s why plumbers are always in demand, and on high salaries.

4. Glazier

Glazier is a professional who specialises in cutting, installing, and repairing glass.

Glaziers is an in-demand skill in the construction and home improvement industry.

Glass installation and repair are essential in various projects, including residential homes, commercial buildings, and interior design.

With the emphasis on energy-efficient buildings, there is a demand for specialized glass installations that contribute to better insulation and reduced energy consumption.

Additionally, glass is often used to create modern and sleek interior spaces. This includes glass partitions, shower enclosures, glass railings, and decorative glass features.

5. HVAC technician

Installing and repairing air conditioners is a great job to do if you live in an area where the climate is generally hot, then it is an ideal job to do from your home location.

As a homeowner, you know that your HVAC system needs regular servicing to keep it running smoothly and efficiently.

Did you know that HVAC servicing is also a handyman skill that can be very useful when looking for a well-paying job?

HVAC technician is an excellent freelancing gig because it’s quite a niche and not widely available.

HVAC servicing works well as an additional skill that you can sell to businesses and individuals

To learn this skill you can take a class at a local community college or trade school.

6. Painter/decorator

A painter/decorator prepares and applies paint, wallpaper, and other finishes to surfaces, inside and out.You could play a key role in transforming residential, commercial, and industrial projects, or specialise in renovations or maintaining heritage buildings. You must have the proper knowledge about colors, strainers, and painting.

Any type of construction owner including houses, flats, commercial office spaces, and retail can be your prospective client.

You’ll be in high demand.

7. Furniture assembly service

So many items that are sold in stores come unassembled. These include furniture, electronics, appliances, gadgets, fitness products, etc.

People either have no idea or no time to put the manufacturing parts together themselves, so they turn to sites like Taskrabbit to find a nearby expert to do the job for them.

A handyman will charge an average of £90 to assemble a flat pack double wardrobe and five-drawer chest of drawers.

Anyone who can do the job can join Taskrabbit, you don’t even need to be certified.

However, if you are certified, you can demand higher rates.

How to start your own handyman business?

After a few years of freelancing or being a sole trader, many people turn to entrepreneurship.

It’s a great way to make more money while doing less specialised work.

However, there will be more administrative and operational work. You will also need to learn marketing and basic business management.

Research the market and plan your marketing strategy.

Many handyman businesses get work through word-of-mouth. Your happy clients are likely to recommend your services to their friends.

You should also invest time in positive reviews on sites like Trustpilot etc.

You could also familiarise yourself with other marketing channels online.

Contact small business consultants about what type of licenses you will need to have.

Insurance is a crucial aspect of this business. As well as having all the necessary tools and equipment.

Fix the pricing carefully as this will determine customer satisfaction and result in better reviews.

Decide whether you charge on an hourly basis or on a job basis.

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