How Much Should I Mark Up the Materials That I Sell?

I’ve always based this decision on whether or not I was being paid to pick up the materials.  If I’m on the clock when I’m doing the shopping, I will not mark up the materials but will simply show them the receipt for reimbursement.  Otherwise, I will mark up the materials from 10-50% over my cost.  Some of the lower…

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Can I Get a Contractors Discount When Buying Materials?

Any discounts you receive have the potential of being either extra profit for you or additional savings for your customer.  It’s a winning situation either way so don’t hesitate to ask for a discount. I have found that the major chains have differing policies.  One chain flat out said no, that they do not offer contractor discounts while another said…

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What Type of Customer Will Pay the Highest Rate for Handyman Services?

Millions of homeowners will agree that a good handyman is hard to find. They are afraid of calling someone they don’t know from the yellow pages or classified ads.   They don’t want to be over charged and treated rudely only to end up with shoddy workmanship and an unfinished job.  The handyman industry’s negative reputation has been built by people…

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