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How to start a freelance handywoman business


This guide outlines the steps you need to take to set up a business as a freelance handywoman.

If you have excellent DIY skills and a knack for fixing things, becoming a handywoman could be an excellent career for you. And by turning it into your own business, you’ll be able to enjoy all the benefits of working for yourself. You’ll be able to set your hours and will be able to take home all the profit you make.

How to start a freelance handywoman business

Below, we explore how you can start your business as a freelance handywoman.

Gaining the right skills and qualifications

There isn’t formal training required to be a handywoman, but there are some skills and courses you can take to impress potential clients and find work. Training courses might include City & Guilds, BTEC, and NVQ qualifications. However, there’s no substitute for practice. The more experience you gather as a handywoman, the more reliable and trustworthy you’ll become. It takes time, but the longer you work the more skills you’ll gain.

Supplies you’ll need

You’ll also need to gather some supplies when you start your business as a freelance handywoman. Begin by purchasing a tote toolbag to fit all your supplies. After that, you’ll need to purchase some essential tools: hammers, screwdrivers, and wrenches are all crucial. From there, you should be looking to pick up powerful tools such as cordless drills, electric saws, and sanders. Don’t buy too many tools though. You don’t want to waste money on items you’ll rarely use; instead, consider the job at hand and buy any special equipment when it’s necessary.

Your target region

You should try and carry out market research before you begin your business, to work out your target region. This should be an area where you’ve identified that there’s a niche you can fill. Once you’ve established your region, this should become the locality where you search for work.

Registration and insurance

There are administrative matters to consider too. You need to register as self-employed with HMRC to ensure you’re paying the right amount of tax. Plus, you should consider taking out different types of insurance to protect yourself financially while working. Public liability insurance, tool insurance, and personal accident insurance are all helpful.


Finally, it’s worth setting up some marketing too. Spreading news of your business via word of mouth is a good start – especially if you’re friends recommend you to people. But it’s also important to be active on social media to draw interest in your target region.


Starting a business as a freelance handywoman can help you find steady work. And by following the guide above, you should be all set to get your business up and running successfully.

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