I'm the most un-handy person that ever existed. So how did I end up running a profitable handyman business in Columbus, Ohio? They say necessity is the mother of invention. I find it so very satisfying when a female customer (sometimes older, sometimes younger) tells me how cool they think it is that a female is running a handyman company. One even said, "It's about time!" lol I thought so too.
The inspiration for Ohio Handyman sprang from a legit need. My wife (second from the right) and I were raising 3 kids, all of whom have since graduated from high school. In addition to the kids, we were managing a good size home, soccer and band schedules, homework, two dogs and a cat. I was lucky to know where to find a drill, let alone know how to use it to really fix anything. I say routinely, "Three dimensional things and I don't get along."
My wife, Debbie, is actually very handy, a gift she inherited from her dad, Dale (in the picture on the far right). That said, who has time when you're raising teenage girls?? Now Dale, again Debbie's dad, now HE'S handy. I've tried on multiple occasions to recruit him to work for me, but he's retired.
So since neither Debbie or Dale could help what's a girl to do. I started making calls to find THE guy (or girl) who could help fix our stuff. You know, replace a ceiling fan, put in a new garbage disposal, add a pony wall when I really got into the HGTV home improvement mode. It would take multiple calls just to find someone who could come to our home, and then multiple attempts to get someone we were actually comfortable with. Then it hit me - there's a shortage of handy people, so why not open a handyman business. I'm all for women doing handyman stuff, but honestly the word handyman just has a better ring to it.
That's me in the middle, black jacket. Free hour of service if you know where pic was taken.