Building a profitable handyman business takes much more than passing out fliers or door knocking. Although these are tried and true methods, unless you hire someone to do this for you, you’ll spend more of your time looking for business rather than doing business and getting paid for doing a great job.
With the technology available today, a new contracting business can gain customers more efficiently because electronic job boards that match customers with providers will do the “looking” for you. You can also do business where you choose when you choose, and for whomever you choose. There are several of these platforms available to every contractor and in this article, we’ll talk about how to build your handyman business using Takl.
What is Takl?
Takl is a web-based job board that connects customers who need various kinds of work done with freelancers, contractors, or moonlighters who know how to do the job. Using internet searches and advertising, the public learns who Takl is and out the platform can help them get jobs done that they aren’t qualified to do or simply don’t have the time.
This job board can be especially helpful for a handyman business since they can do most anything around the house or small business. Takl sets the pricing based on the type of job ordered and the time expected to complete. The platform also handles payment between the customer and provider which serves to protect both parties and makes certain that all contractors are properly licensed and insured.
What Takl Says
Takl certainly wants their customers to be happy and they want their providers to get value for using the platform. Knowing this, Takl can get a customer pared with a provider in hours rather than days. They establish reliable pricing based on their research on pricing in the marketplace. Takl even guarantees that if a provider or customer is unhappy with the job, the will work with both parties to find a resolution. They act like a mediator which can enhance the customer experience as well as the provider experience.
What Providers (contractors) are Saying
We did a thorough internet search to determine if providers are happy using the Takl platform for finding work and building a customer base. Many of the providers posted videos on YouTube to offer their opinion of Takl and whether it is worth your while using it to earn a decent wage and build a customer base at the same time.
As with any product or service, some reviews were good and some not so good. Our research found that providers had more positive things to say about Takl than negative. Click here to see and hear for yourself what a typical provider thinks about Takl.
For full disclosure, please note that neither the author nor Fairbanks Insurance Brokers have any financial relationship with Takl. We offer this information as a resource only.
What Customers are Saying about Takl
In our research about customers who’ve done business through the Takl platform, we did find some customer complaints. Not about the Takl platform but about the provider they hired for the job. In most cases we found, Takl did attempt to mediate the situation so that both parties were satisfied.
All job boards like Takl, HomeAdvisor, or Angie’s List, give the customer the opportunity to rate the provider after the job is completed. This review process provides additional motivation for providers to get the job done right in order to please their customer and get rave reviews in return.
The Bottom Line
Takl may or may not be a good fit to help build your business, but consider that you will be earning while learning instead of knocking doors, papering windshields with fliers, while you aren’t working and earning.
Additionally, if you decide to use Takl, Homeadvisor, or any other job board to build your customer list, make sure that you are properly licensed and insured so you can begin accepting new customers right away.
Here is What We Recommend
General Liability: Contractors General Liability will be the foundation of protection for your business. The coverage will respond if you or your employees are found liable for bodily injury, property damage, or have a products/completed operations complaint. The coverage also covers defense costs for your business to respond to any lawsuits brought by a third party.
Workers’ Comp: Many states will require contractors to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their workers before they can begin a project. Accidents will happen at the job site that can result in an employee becoming injured and missing work. Your workers’ compensation coverage will provide financial assistance for medical expenses and lost wages.
Surety Bonds: It’s very likely that your state will require you to be licensed before you can begin operations. Most states and customers will require contractors to offer a license or surety bond before you are allowed to bid on a job or begin working.
Commercial Auto: Typically, most contractors will have light and heavy vehicles that require commercial auto insurance to make certain their vehicles can be repaired or replaced in the event of an accident, vandalism, or theft.
Tool Coverage: Also known as Inland Marine Insurance, this policy will provide for reimbursement for expenses to repair or replace tools and equipment. Your tools represent an important part of your livelihood, so we always encourage carpentry contractors to consider this valuable coverage.