Acquiring a Handyman's License

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The handyman’s license is important to ensure your business stays ahead of the competition by showcasing your credibility. There are a few easy steps that will help you acquire the license in a more streamlined fashion.

Acquiring a handyman’s license is like obtaining a diploma; it demonstrates your commitment to the industry and your business. It exudes professionalism and shows your customer’s that you’re the real deal. When a customer is deciding which professional to hire, they are more likely to pick the licensed specialist. Many states require the license so you may be forced to acquire this to go in business. Either way, it’s in the best interest of your business and ultimately your customers to obtain one.

The Steps to Obtaining a License

There are a few basic steps to acquiring this license including:

• Determine the type of handyman license needed • Ensure you qualify for the license • Sign up for the test • Prepare for the test • Take the test

Researching the License

The most efficient method for making this determination is to review the state boards of contractors. The type of license is specifically contingent upon amount of experience and area of expertise. Although the majority of states require a license to work, specialized areas often require a different type of license. Also before filling out the application and taking the test, make sure you actually qualify for the desired license.

The Licensing Test

The enrollment process of the licensing test is fairly easy. Simply join through the state’s board of licensing. In addition to regular handyman questions, the test will contain topics on law and business. When registering for the test, give yourself a few weeks to study for the exam. Obtain the application so you are aware of which specific areas will be covered on the test. Fully complete the application and ensure all information is accurate.

Once signed up, make sure to prepare thoroughly for the test. There are seminars and classes available to help you prepare. The National Contractor License Service offer’s these preparation classes. In addition ask them for recommendations on various building code books and other study materials. Study for at least one hour per day. If you do not pass this test, you will not receive the license and must retake the exam. On the day of the test, bring all study materials. At the testing site, they usually ask to view your business license, experience and income/expenses. The final step is to pass and be awarded the license!

The handyman licensing exam can be passed with thorough research and proper preparation. Following the above steps will ensure a smooth process leading up to the exam. The primary benefit of the license is credibility with your customers so it’s vital to stay ahead of the competition in any way possible.

If you live in Austin, handyman services are in high demand. To conduct business in the industry you must first take the licensing test. With proper preparation and research you could be in business in no time. Visit

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This article was published on 2010/07/27