How did you get started doing this type of work?
I got laid off in 1987 when Gates moved their plant from Denver to Warrensburg, Ms. I had been doing some handyman work on the side and since I really wanted to work for myself, I just became a full time handyman and never looked back.
What types of customers have you worked with?
It varies and tends to run in streaks sometimes, but I really love doing kitchen and bath remodels. I work on commercial buildings as well as residential from condos to multi-million dollar mansions. I do a lot of drywall repair, plumbing, flooring (except carpet), electrical, doors, windows, and on and on.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Don't pay anything up front . If the contractor wants to be paid for materials when they are delivered, that's fine. At least you are in posession of the necessary materials at that point. You can also agree to pay weekly or so as the project moves along, but don't lay out advance funds and hope to see the person again.