52 Handyman Business Ideas & Opportunities (2021)

52 Handyman Business Ideas & Opportunities (2021)

Good with your hands and into DIY? We put together 52 business ideas for you.

Here's the list:

1. Start a construction company ($4.2M/year)

Clifton Muckenfuss from Apex, North Carolina, USA started Carolina Exteriors about 11 years ago, a construction company.

  • Revenue: $350,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Apex, North Carolina, USA

The founders are childhood best friends from small-town America (South Carolina). We took different paths after college and approximately 9 years later, reunited in North Carolina. I (Clifton) was recruited from Florida to work for a Mortgage Company in Raleigh, NC and Wesley was already established here (Raleigh) working for a major building materials manufacturer (James Hardie). After the housing crisis, the Mortgage Company went bankrupt and I (Clifton) found myself without a job. I then founded a Residential/Commercial/Cleaning Company (still in operations today, Managed by my wife, Mary Ann) and grew that business from $0 - $500K rapidly.

Surround yourself with POSITIVE people.

Then, Wes and I were talking about the possibility of starting a siding/exterior remodeling company since most of the contractors were retreating after the recession and the ones that remained, didnโ€™t focus on the customer, but rather, only on the transaction.

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Clifton Muckenfuss, on starting Carolina Exteriors ($350,000/month) full story โžœ

2. Start a crime scene cleanup business ($0/year)

Nick-Anthony Zamucen from Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA started Bio-One over 13 years ago, a crime scene cleanup business.

  • Revenue: $/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 7
  • Location: Greenwood Village, Colorado, USA

I started Bio-One Inc. over two decades ago.

Bio-One is the nation's leader in Crime & Trauma Scene Cleaning with over 90 franchised to date and growing. Bio-One isnโ€™t like any other business you get into, itโ€™s not all about profit.

Let me explain a bit more. When a suicide, homicide or an undiscovered dead body is found, there are many people who get called to the incident. The police, coroner/medical examiner, fire department, detectives and the last responders are companies like mine, Bio-One the crime scene cleaners. Not all scenes we clean are crimes, but the term crime scene cleaner gives some mental picture of what gets done. We clean and remediate what is commonly left behind from EMTโ€™s, police, fire departments and coroners to name a few.

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Nick-Anthony Zamucen, on starting Bio-One (/month) full story โžœ

3. Start a moving company ($720K/year)

Max Maher from Chandler, Arizona, USA started Skinny Wimp Moving almost 6 years ago, a moving company.

  • Revenue: $60,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 12
  • Location: Chandler, Arizona, USA

I didnโ€™t exactly come up with the initial idea for this company because this is a franchise which means for me that I license out the name โ€œSkinny Wimp Movingโ€. However, because it was the first franchise location I was able to be in a prime decision-making seat and guinea pig for all ideas enabling me to test out theories on marketing and customer service which have no become standard across the brand.

Put yourself out there and ask for their business. Sure be conscious that you may get rejected but donโ€™t be afraid to ask more than once. It wonโ€™t work every time but it will work 100% more than not trying at all.

We realized people simply donโ€™t want a moving company that sucks. So we asked ourselves what can we do to make the stressful experience of moving suck a little less and the answers we came up with and stuck to were very common sense:

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Max Maher, on starting Skinny Wimp Moving ($60,000/month) full story โžœ

4. Start a furniture business ($444K/year)

John Humphreys from Austin, Texas, USA started Humphreys over 4 years ago, a furniture business.

  • Revenue: $37,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Since I was a kid I have always had a sense of wonder about the world and the mechanisms behind it. Whether it be a jet engine or a windshield wiper-I have thought about the creative process behind these things since I was 10 years old.

I drew houses as a kid. My dad grew up in a home designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, it was a solar home and it had an odd features. One example is, the entire back wall that was about 100 feet long and 15 feet high comprised of windows that all opened. In front, there were functioning levers that had fans which would draw airflow in and out.

Growing up I thought I wanted to be a pilot. I was described in high school by a classmate as โ€œpoeticโ€ which I found offensive. I tried a hand in many things; managing a farm and pre-school, which were two businesses I inherited. This type of work wasnโ€™t for me.

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John Humphreys, on starting Humphreys ($37,000/month) full story โžœ

5. Start a chimney repair business ($545K/year)

Mitchell Blackmon from Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA started Patriot Chimney about 3 years ago, a chimney repair business.

  • Revenue: $45,394/ month
  • Founders: 3
  • Employees: 5
  • Location: Blue Ridge, Georgia, USA

When I was in college, I was involved in a lot of extracurricular activities and always working. When I graduated, frankly, I became bored after work. My mom owned a housekeeping company when I was younger and I thought that would be a good idea, so I created a housekeeping company and hired her and my aunt to work it. My brother, Matt, and I would talk about creating different businesses together since he was out of the Marines and weโ€™d go back and forth between things like home health, more housekeeping, or even a landscaping company, but we never really could agree on one.

The most important thing you can do is communicate - who does what, set due dates that you all agree on, hold each other accountable, and create consequences for failures.

During this time, Matt started working for one of our competitors in the Roanoke valley and used his GI Bill to get certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA), which is the main chimney/dryer vent education association in the USA. After a while, Matt helped his friend Billy get a job at the same company. They noticed some shady practices, their paychecks bouncing, and their ideas to help grow the business were cast aside by the owner. They made it through the burn season (the busiest time in the industry) but that following summer they were let go.

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Mitchell Blackmon, on starting Patriot Chimney ($45,394/month) full story โžœ

6. Start an ac repair business

Examples of a successful ac repair business:

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7. Start an appliance repair business ($1.2M/year)

Chad Rubin from Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA started Think Crucial over 13 years ago, a appliance repair business.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 1
  • Location: Fort Lee, New Jersey, USA

I studied finance in college and started covering internet stocks like Amazon on Wall Street. This really opened up the world of e-commerce to me. At the same time, my parents were running a shop that sold vacuum cleaners along with accessories but it wasnโ€™t doing very well. I started helping them out with their business and took it online while still working crazy banker hours.

When I was let go in 2009 after the crash, I was ecstatic - this was my chance for a whole new beginning in e-commerce. I felt like a kid in a candy store. I helped expand the business, first on Volusion then selling on eBay, and then finally Amazon. Ultimately, I realized I didnโ€™t want to be a reseller-- I wanted to have my own brand. That was the genesis of Think Crucial.

The key is to start small and stay scrappy. Donโ€™t put the cart before the horse - source or create a product customers need, package it right, and sell it. As you grow (and only then), add more.

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Chad Rubin, on starting Think Crucial ($100,000/month) full story โžœ

8. Start a window manufacturer

Examples of a successful window manufacturer:

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9. Start an antique furniture refurbishing business

Examples of a successful antique furniture refurbishing business:

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10. Start a storage locker business ($408K/year)

Molly Oโ€™Connor from Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA started The Mobile Locker Co almost 7 years ago, a storage locker business.

  • Revenue: $34,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA

As a runner I was experiencing a need for a more secure, more convenient option for my valuables and gear at road races. Scratching my own itch, I launched the service with a focus solely on running events in New England.

Utilizing my connections with other runners and syncing up with event organizers, we tested the concept for 8 months with a locker trailer before bringing the trucks on the road and rebranding as The Mobile Locker Co.

The initial launch with the locker trailer was self-funded from my personal savings. This allowed us to test our systems with minimal overhead and also gather real world feedback on the concept. Luckily, it was well received and we were able to secure funding to get our first two trucks on the road from personal connections through my two initial sweat-equity partners.

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Molly Oโ€™Connor, on starting The Mobile Locker Co ($34,000/month) full story โžœ

11. Start a bathroom appliance business ($6M/year)

Howard Law from Erlanger, KY, USA started Magnus Home Products about 4 years ago, a bathroom appliance business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Erlanger, KY, USA

My partner and I worked for a family-owned company for many years and helped to grow it to become a very large player in the industry. As often happens the owners eventually decided to sell the company to a huge corporation. My partner and I decided that working for a huge corporation was not going to be a good fit for ourselves and decided to go out on our own.

My partner has a background in IT and I have a background in sourcing, marketing, and purchasing. With both of us having over 20 yearsโ€™ experience in our fields and the addition of a few key players we felt we had all of the pieces needed to be successful. The two of us along with a financial partner started Magnus in August of 2017.

We had the knowledge of what products would be successful, where to source them, and how to build a website. Our challenges were putting together a team to build the site and be able to offer superior customer service once we went live. Once we built the site we needed a marketing partner to generate the sales for the site. Little did we know that this piece of the puzzle would be the most difficult.

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Howard Law, on starting Magnus Home Products ($500,000/month) full story โžœ

12. Start a construction company ($4.2M/year)

Examples of a successful construction company:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a construction company:

For further info, check out these books and products:

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And for some real world inspiration, give Clifton Muckenfuss's story on creating Carolina Exteriors a read:

Iโ€™m Clifton Muckenfuss, I am Co-Founder of Carolina Exteriors, a Specialty Replacement Contractor based in Apex, NC, serving the Raleigh Metro Area. Carolina Exteriors offers residential home improvement services including Roofing, Siding, Windows, Doors, and Gutters. We believe that if we โ€œbuild people, we build a winning team and combined, we Build Exceptional Customer Experiences. Our dedication to our people and customers and execution on our mission has led to us receiving numerous industry awards for customer service.

We bootstrapped the business on $3,500 and now 9 years later generate $4,000,000 in revenue.

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Clifton Muckenfuss, on starting Carolina Exteriors ($350,000/month) full story โžœ

13. Start an aviation cleaning service

Examples of a successful aviation cleaning service:

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14. Start a drone repair business

Examples of a successful drone repair business:

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15. Start a home repair business

Examples of a successful home repair business:

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16. Become an attic room organizer

Examples of a successful attic room organizer:

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17. Start a bathtub reglazing business

Examples of a successful bathtub reglazing business:

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18. Start a blind cleaning service

Examples of a successful blind cleaning service:

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19. Start a boat cleaning service

Examples of a successful boat cleaning service:

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20. Start a bookbinding and repair service

Examples of a successful bookbinding and repair service:

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21. Start a cabinet making business

Examples of a successful cabinet making business:

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22. Become a carpenter

Examples of a successful carpenter:

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23. Start a carpet cleaning service

Examples of a successful carpet cleaning service:

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24. Start a carpet installation business

Examples of a successful carpet installation business:

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25. Start a CCTV camera business

Examples of a successful CCTV camera business:

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26. Start a tile business

Examples of a successful tile business:

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27. Start a concrete cutting service

Examples of a successful concrete cutting service:

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28. Start a construction cleanup business

Examples of a successful construction cleanup business:

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29. Become a countertop manufacturer

Examples of a successful countertop manufacturer:

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30. Start a dog house business

Examples of a successful dog house business:

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31. Start a drain repair service

Examples of a successful drain repair service:

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32. Start a fence installation business

Examples of a successful fence installation business:

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33. Start a fireplace installation business

Examples of a successful fireplace installation business:

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34. Start a garage organizer business

Examples of a successful garage organizer business:

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35. Start a glass tinting service

Examples of a successful glass tinting service:

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36. Start a glass installation service

Examples of a successful glass installation service:

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37. Start a home theater business

Examples of a successful home theater business:

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38. Start a painting business

Examples of a successful painting business:

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39. Start an intercom installation business

Examples of a successful intercom installation business:

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40. Start a laminate floor installation business

Examples of a successful laminate floor installation business:

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41. Start an auto locksmith business

Examples of a successful auto locksmith business:

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42. Become a locksmith

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43. Start a mirror installation business

Examples of a successful mirror installation business:

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44. Start a mobile car wash

Examples of a successful mobile car wash:

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45. Start a mobile oil change business

Examples of a successful mobile oil change business:

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46. Start an odor control service

Examples of a successful odor control service:

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47. Start a packing crate service

Examples of a successful packing crate service:

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48. Start a pest control business

Examples of a successful pest control business:

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49. Start a product assembly service

Examples of a successful product assembly service:

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50. Become a property manager

Examples of a successful property manager:

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51. Start a roof repair business

Examples of a successful roof repair business:

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52. Start a sprinkler installation business

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53. Start a windshield repair business

Examples of a successful windshield repair business:

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54. Start a window cleaning business

Examples of a successful window cleaning business:

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