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What is the minimal amount of tools should I get for a part time handyman business? What are the most common jobs should I expect to do? I'm currently doing plumbing in college and trying to work somewhere on the side. There's a course in my college that covers multi trades like plumbing,carpentry/joinery,bricklaying,painting/decorating,plastering,tiling and some electrical which I'm going to enroll in January. I want to start a handyman business soon I'm pretty interested and plus it's some experience in running a business. I'm 18 and I don't have a whole lot of money and things aren't going the best at home with family issues. I might have to leave the house next year when my dad kicks me out just so he can bring his ex-wife in instead when she's clearly only back for money. I just want to do everything to get out of here.


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Speaking only from a decorating point of view, basic musts are.

Dust sheets
Filling knives
Caulk gun
Scrapers
Dust brush
Limbide scraper
Heavy duty scraper
A decent set of step ladders
Brushes for trim paints
Decent rollers, scuttle and extending role

I'd say that's a pretty "entry level" list that will cover most of your painting requirements.

You could also add for wallpapering

Paper tiger
Steamer
Wallpapering kit which includes hanging brush, scissors, snap off blades, smoothing tool, tape measure or rule, plumb line etc

The full list is endless and expensive [WHITE SMILING FACE]


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take all the tools suggested by all contributors and double or triple that amount :lol:
yes you will start with a basic kit then every job is different and require another handful off odds and sods :lol:

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A van.



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OchAye wrote:
A van.


Other suitable vehicles are available. I can make do with an estate getting anything that won't fit delivered.

My most used tools

Tape measure

Drill driver and wood bits/masonry bits/hss bits and hole saws

pump pliers

adjustable spanners

utility knife

Saws (various including mitre saw)

manual screw drivers

Step ladder/s longer ladder

Pipe slices

caulk/silicon gun

Hammer/rubber mallet

Chisels : several

Multi - meter

pliers: Long nose/short stubby



Not an exhaustive list by any means, you need a lot of tools to be a handyman, (And somewhere to store them) as well as a good supply of consumables.

Buy those that you think you'll need first off, then add as the jobs come in as you need to.

Do not forget that you'll also need insurance for the van/car that covers business use and Public liablity insurance.

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have you ever worked before for wages?why not get a laboring job on a site, as an fit 18yr old theyl snap you up.you will learn about the trades an see if you like the real building tradeworld.
if yr serious then keep yr mouth shut at home an accept it until it suits you to leave or youl find yorself looking for digs, goin to college, buing a vehicle thats a must, an workin on the side.
why ask onhere when if you are at college then yr surronded by expert tradespeople to advis you about basic tools as part of any course.
also think about why should you practice on peoples homes.



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I'd started a post earlier, but it's been covered, and more, by wine~o and wes56.
Without wanting to put you off at all, there's more to being a handyman than having some kit and doing a course.
You need real world experience as well.



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Dave54 wrote:
, there's more to being a handyman than having some kit and doing a course.
You need real world experience as well.


Indeed. Including how to behave/present yourself to potential customers.

7 Odd years in I still consider myself "Part-time" as in less than 30 actual physical hours worked a week... but add on the quoting / sourcing materials / phone calls / responding to e-mails etc. and then the paperwork then I become full time. So the "Physical hours" are what I charge for and that has to cover these hidden costs.

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wine~o wrote:
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, there's more to being a handyman than having some kit and doing a course.
You need real world experience as well.


Indeed. Including how to behave/present yourself to potential customers.

7 Odd years in I still consider myself "Part-time" as in less than 30 actual physical hours worked a week... but add on the quoting / sourcing materials / phone calls / responding to e-mails etc. and then the paperwork then I become full time. So the "Physical hours" are what I charge for and that has to cover these hidden costs.


Yes, in any business it's surprising how much "admin" there is. As you say the actual hours that are "productive" at whatever you do have to cover for all the unpaid hours. Holiday pay, sickness, vehicle, insurances, tools, quoting, general "running about", and any problems that have to be put right all add up. I like being self employed myself, but in some ways it's far easier to have a job with fixed hours and a known income.



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Yeah, I agree with the others.

Get the experience first. You don't want to end up on Judge Rinder.



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why not get a laboring job on a site, as an fit 18yr old theyl snap you up


But you might have to put on a Polish accent............... :wink:

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Going back to the list of tools I'd say one almost vital piece of kit is a Henry vacuum cleaner especially working in people's homes. You could be the most talented craftsman in the world but leave dust and debris around and it's that people will pick up on and comment on.


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Again going back to a list of tools, I'd say that the answer is
"More than you have at the moment"
If you work with tools, you will always find that you need something else if only to make jobs easier.
I mean "need" and not "want" incidentally.
Well OK perhaps a bit of blurring of the terms is OK. . . :mrgreen:


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why not get a laboring job on a site, as an fit 18yr old theyl snap you up


But you might have to put on a Polish accent............... :wink:


If he had a Polish accent he may have got on with what he had to do instead of wasting everyone's time with this thread.



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There is no such thing as the minimum amount, I'm afraid. Whatever you do you'll often find that you need one more tool to get the job done, often more if you are starting from scratch. I'm a joiner, I my sixties, and despite decades (almost 5) of woodworking I still occasionally need to buy tools (that's need, not want to) if I don't want to turn the job down through lack of kit

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OK, I'm an "old school" chippie, so please don't ask me to do a bodge job - I didn't bring my horse today and in any case you don't seem to have a hitching rail!



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