Prior to 2009 when we started our company in Lodi, Contractor's outnumbered handymen by at least 5 to 1. Today, the number is about 2 to 1 however, many contractors have re-invented themselves as "Handymen" and downsized their operation and overhead to stay competitive. In my opinion, this a good thing.
Why is this a good thing? Well, first of all, the general public now has a much better "pool" of experienced service providers to choose from that have been in business for many years and have handled just about every project you can imagine. The average hourly rate is lower than before as well.
Secondly, having more experienced handymen available, helps to weed out the part timers or less experienced "handymen" in our area which is another plus for the general public. However, don't get me wrong. There are some part time handymen that are in actuality, retired contractors or construction workers that are experienced and do great work. I guess what I'm trying to really say here is that anyone with a few tools and a vehicle can call themselves a handyman and tell you they can do any job. But, (in my opinion), the public needs to be wary of anyone claiming that "I can do anything" and actually have the skill set to do the work.
Finally, competition is a good thing. It keeps all of us experienced handymen sharp and willing to provide the best possible service at the lowest possible price.