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Comes In Handy

Got some work around the house, but can't find anyone who's up to the task? Just buy yourself a franchise.

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This story appears in the April 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

So many customers need ceiling fans hung, garbage disposals installed or any of a dozen other odd jobs handled, but don't know whom to turn to. Contractors aren't interested in these too-small jobs.

Stacy Swift and Tamyra Wallace ran into this very dilemma as homeowners. They were hiring local handymen and hadn't been pleased with the results. "We had been ripped off too many times," explains Swift. "We knew there was a huge market for the service, and nobody out there with a reputation of being prompt, safe and reliable."

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