It began with a shift in values and a desire for simplicity.
Andy Bell had spent more than ten years in the corporate world, first as a stockbroker and then in the food and beverage industry. Wanting to start a family, and recognizing that the hours associated with restaurant management left no time for a personal life, Andy and his wife Colette made the decision to return to their home state of Colorado in 1997.
Casting about for what to do next, Andy founded a small business of his own repairing swamp coolers, a skill that had been necessary to learn because the coolers atop many of the restaurants he’d managed broke down regularly. This new endeavor was successful from the start; not only that, but Andy discovered that grateful homeowners frequently asked him if he could take a look at other problems they were having around the house. This convinced him that there was a vastly underserved market in the home repair field, and he began researching the idea of expanding the business.
Colette quit her own teaching job and joined her husband as The Bells opened their first office, Handyman Express, in the basement of their home, where a sheet of plywood placed atop an unused pool table served as the desk and base of operations and they could keep close watch on their expanding family which had grown to include two sons.
In the 17 years since, The Handyman Matters Franchise Organization has expanded from coast to coast, but that singular and modest origin represents the values and concepts that are still in place within the company today. Business should never come at the expense of family life, or of allowing personal time for either owners or their employees. Success is measured not just in financial gain, but also in quality of life.
“We chose Handyman Matters because they have great returns and we felt it was the most exciting opportunity to get involved in while also providing a service to the community!”Bob McRedmond,