Girl VS Boy
Last week I was asked the question “What does a handyWOMAN do?” because this person knew what a handyMAN did but they could not understand what I did for a living as the ToolBox TomGirl (a handywoman). Hmmmmm. How was I to answer that without a smart$$$ remark? After all, I AM a professional. I am. Really.
First answer would be that being a “handyperson” is not gender specific. We are people who do a vast array of projects and take care of small projects around your home and business. We can also do things such as kitchen and bath remodels and some handypersons do home remodeling and additions. I believe the world of handy…… (Whatever label you put after that first part) has changed and it can be as little as you want or as big as you want. But, I digress. Let me get back to explaining what I, as a handyWOMAN, do for a living vs what a handyMAN does.
So, let me take you through my day. Perhaps it is different from that of a handyman. I wake up at approximately 5:00 a.m. I don’t shave my face but I do brush my teeth and take a shower. I brush my hair and I do put on some mascara and eye liner (hopefully the handyMAN does not do this). I sometimes go to the gym and swim. I sometimes have a morning meeting or a client to see for coffee or breakfast. I like those meetings the best. Food is my friend; and my enemy looking at my waist and hip size – but, if I was the handyMAN I most likely would not worry about that, I would just buy a bigger belt or wear my pants lower. (Need I talk about the “crack” here? – nope, not going there)
My typical day consists of herding my crew(s) out to jobs and getting them started with whatever we have going on, maybe doing an estimate or two, and possibly running a facility maintenance call here or there myself. I may attend a networking meeting at night if I want to meet new clients or see old friends. I answer some calls and call clients, other builders, and my workers. I make trips to Home Depot, Lowe’s or other types of supply shops as necessary during the day. I go to the county dump a lot! The routine varies but most days I am in the field doing what needs to be done to keep my company running.
I hammer, saw, drill, spackle, paint, screw, lift, drop (not always on purpose), carry, haul, trim, cut, measure, sand, and repair things all day and all week long. I may not be as physically active as the handyMAN but I do these things. I come home from a day of those things and typically cook dinner, read a little and then get on the computer and type estimates and invoices, work on social media, and then do something fun. After that, it’s off to bed to start it all over again tomorrow.
So, after all is said and done, it seems that what I do as a handyWOMAN is the same as a handyMAN except for the words MAN and WOMAN. It’s a boy/girl thing getting ready for work and may be a little different after work but not much is different about the work getting done in the field. He does his MAN thing and I do my WOMAN thing before and after.
I am a handyWOMAN and proud of both parts of that word! Love being the handywoman and love being a WOMAN even more. Rock on.
To women holding hammers,
Jo Ellen Soesbee, The ToolBox TomGirl