26 Aug 2008 02:12 UTCTue 26 Aug 2008 - 2:12 am UTC
In North America.
Does there exist an organization or association or club or representative body that represents the handyman industry?
Not diy, homeowner handymen/handywomen. I mean for handyman businesses - professional handyman companies or professional handyman "operators".
An industry organization of some sort?
If there seems to be no dedicated organization/association. How about other associations/organizations that do cover this industry - maybe some other construction related or property-maintenance association?
26 Aug 2008 02:23 UTCTue 26 Aug 2008 - 2:23 am UTC
I realize I wasn't very clear ... because I think the answer to the primary question is 'no', the focus really shifts to the second bit - what other organizations might/should/could/do cover the professional handyman ? and how much representation for the handyman operator do they provide?
26 Aug 2008 10:32 UTCTue 26 Aug 2008 - 10:32 am UTC
Hi c hris!
Actually there is an answer to your primary question.
The National Contractors Association of America is your best bet for such an organization. In the page where you can search for contractors, it verifies that they accept those in the handyman industry.
NCAOA Contractor Search
You can also see their services which benefit contractors
NCAOA Contractor Services
I hope you find this useful.
26 Aug 2008 11:41 UTCTue 26 Aug 2008 - 11:41 am UTC
So you can confirm that there is no organization that SPECIFICALLY represents handymen ?
And apart from the NCAOA, anybody else ?
27 Aug 2008 03:06 UTCWed 27 Aug 2008 - 3:06 am UTC
This is first time with this service so I am a little unsure what to expect - I priced my question at $25 because I wanted a comprehensive and fully researched answer. I'm sorry but I don't think that is a $25 answer. If I priced it at $10 I'd still be a little disappointed to get just one link to an organization that appears to be dormant or out of business.
A simple google search of 'contractor associations' for example brings up dozens of potentials. Including sites like: www.thebusinesslibrary.com/lib/professionalsocieties/contractorassociations.php that have long lists of associations that may be relevant. I just don't get the impression that my question got this level of research.
So any more?
I won't ask for a refund but I'm not impressed so far.
Sorry to be blunt.
- C hris
ps: Is this clarification comment public? I couldn't see a way of responding privately to the researcher or 'the management'. Odd system.
pps: And since I'm writing - your system also doesn't notify the questioner of *all* activity on their question. I got a email about the first answer but nothing about the follow-up answer or the user comment that was posted. It's only luck I came back to see if anything had been said here. And there was.
27 Aug 2008 06:24 UTCWed 27 Aug 2008 - 6:24 am UTC
Sorry my comment should have been a clarification. Apologies once more for that.