This will be an unusually significant update, so strap in…
After 11+ years of Phillips Home Repair being my one and only income, I have decided to get a regular full-time job and just do repairs on the side. This business will still exist on paper, online, on YouTube, etc. and I’ll still probably still work just enough to file a tax return, but the amount of work I do will be cut WAY back, from 5 days a week to more like 5 hours a week.
The reasons I am doing this are many. I started the business mostly out of necessity rather than a lifelong dream. I went to college for electronics and was having trouble finding a permanent position in the field, so this was kind of my Plan B. Now the job market is significantly better than it was at the beginning of the Great Recession, so this seemed like a good time to try again. And it’s been a much more welcoming job market.
Also, I miss getting a reliable, steady paycheck and being able to make a budget, not to mention all the other benefits that a self-employed person does not get. Thanks to the ACA, I’ve at least had health insurance, but I think it would be nice to take a paid day off, or I don’t know, save something for retirement? It would also be nice to draw a clear line when the work day ends and my personal time begins. It’s all rather blurred when you run a business out of your home.
So… As of now, I do not have another job so it’s business as usual. I am actively applying and interviewing for jobs though, so it is inevitable that things will change sometime soon. Because of that, I am going to mainly focus on wrapping up existing jobs or helping out existing clients with small things.
I know people are going to ask me if I can recommend someone else, and I’m sorry, but I don’t have any names to pass along. I honestly do not know another person or company that does what I do. I guess it makes sense, because I’m not generally going to run into another handyman handymanning in the same place I’m handymanning, but it is what it is.
So thanks to all my loyal clients that kept me afloat for almost 12 years. I’ll never forget it and I’ll still be there for you.