How I became a Handyman

How does a guy who went to college to become a Marine Biologist end up with an Econ degree become a Handyman? I am sure that is a question my mother would like answer to. Actually my mother is one of my biggest supporters and best clients!

Well the real answer to this question is a long one. It all started with a wall back when I was teenager. And that wall somehow found itself with a hole in it. My Dad was non too pleased to find that hole. He promptly put me in the car and drove me down to the local hardware store and purchased the necessary materials needed and took me home. He then proceeded to tell me how to complete the repairs. My Dad always asked me to help him with little repairs around the house, so I learned how to do the odd jobs.

As I went off to college and looked for employment opportunities I landed a job working as a ranch hand mending fences and helping with building structures around the property.

I enjoyed the work and being outdoors. I ended up moving back to the town I grew up in after my dreams of diving in Figi as a Marine Biologist were dashed ( another story for another time). I ended up going to CSUS and getting a degree in Economics. I thought banking and finance would be a good way to make money. And it was. I made good money but wasn’t a fan of micromanagement. I left banking but stayed in the financial sector for a few more years and then ended up landing a job as the General Manager of a small town mall. General Manager was really a fancy title for Maintenance Manager. After a few years at the mall I became the Operations Manager for a Senior Living community in the town I grew up in. There I was able to really hone my skills in residential and commercial kitchen maintenance.

My wife and I have done our own remodeling work and I have now spent the last three years on my own working hard to help my clients save money on repairs they can no longer do or don’t have the comfort level doing.

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