There’s No Bachelor’s Degree Required To Work In Most Home Repair Jobs, And Lots Of Skills In The Career Field Work Well For Entrepreneurs
Not all entrepreneurs work in tech, and entrepreneurship opportunities can easily abound in all fields, oftentimes unexpected. In this article, we'll explore entrepreneurship in home repair and renovation. Lots of professionals in the field of home repair and renovation are actually entrepreneurs. It is also estimated that the jobs growth that happened in this field increased a healthy 3.7% since just 2020, according to “Ibis World.” The home repair and renovation market gained a new level of awareness and popularity following the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19. And, as people retreated to their homes, consumer spending naturally followed, and there was an unexpected boom of economic activity around the home space. The cultural concept of “home” became something more than where you store your stuff and sleep at night. Home became the center of it all.
Whether it is a house, condominium, apartment, or other structure, home quickly became the place where we live, work, play, and learn. And, because of this, many people began to focus even more on how they wanted their homes to be laid out and arranged. There was also additional focus put on what might actually be broken, outdated, or unsightly and in need repair. Due to this, the surge for professional help in home repair has opened up a lot of opportunities for career shifts and even for entrepreneurship.
Most jobs in this sector often don’t require a bachelor’s degree to get started, and some don’t require a degree at all. Certain jobs and career pathways, like that of plumber and electrician, will require special training and licensure. However, even for these job examples, there are certifications programs and paid apprenticeships that offer training geared towards getting licensed. Some jobs, like that of a handyperson or painter, may not require anything other than knowledge and tools to get started. And, if you like solving puzzles, working with your hands, and fixing things, then a career path in the home repair and renovation field may be for you. So, let’s take a closer look at some interesting options…
A handyperson is a team of one and a great career choice for those who like to work solo
For those who are ever-curious, have a deep desire to learn lots of different skills, and prefer to become adept at many trades, the career choice to become a handyperson is often a good fit. Many handy-people, also known in some cases as a “handyman,” work on smaller home repair and renovation projects by themselves, although there may be times when they bring along an extra helping hand or two, depending on the job. Some professionals run their own private company (usually an LLC), and there are some who choose to work as a handyperson for businesses, like apartment complexes and rental management companies. A handyperson has strong knowledge in the areas or cleaning, painting, interior and exterior repair, light plumbing, light electrical, and even carpentry. This job role is one where no two days are likely to ever be the same, and variety is the proverbial spice of life. Just be sure to check your state and local laws for what handypersons legally can do without needing to become licensed as general contractors.
Home painters, designers, and restoration professionals are critical in the career field of home repair
People who work in these specific career niches are renowned for bringing new life to old and historic home and business spaces. And, while some of the professionals in the arena are licensed general contractors, others are not. If you are someone who likes to fix things and refurbish them, rather than build everything brand new from scratch (and you have a deep love of history, culture, and architecture), then this career choice might be excellent. The focus here tends to be on cleaning, painting, patching, polishing, and even re-designing (or re-imagining) to specifically suit the era of the home or business space. Restoration efforts can provide a big impact for clients, and can sometimes be done for a lot smaller price tag than if a new remodel was chosen. However, the field itself is very lucrative, with an estimated average salary of $57,539 per year for a professional provider.
Electricians and plumbers are important job roles in many home renovation projects
Both the electrician and the plumber job roles are more specialized. Both career options require a study program of a certain amount of hours (depending on your place of residence), both will require an apprenticeship (most often these are paid), and both will require licensure. If you are someone who prefers to learn one specific skill set and then become a master at it, with singular focus and precision, then either of these career choices may be a good fit for you. According to the most recent data from the “Bureau of Labor Statistics” (2020), plumbers make an average of $50,620 per year, while electricians make an average of $91,455 according to “Trade Risk” (2019). Both are generally in-demand during both good and tough economic times, too.
These are just few of the many possibilities available for jobs and long-term career choices within the extensive field of home repair and renovation. And, as more people innovate, enhance, and expect different things from their living and work spaces, the demand will certainly continue to follow.
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