PORTLAND -- For one Portland handyman, his work truck is a cargo bicycle and his business is booming.
Chris Sanderson said he’s so busy he’s hiring for extra help. On any given day, Sanderson hauls about 200 pounds of materials and tools, rain or shine, on a bicycle.
Sanderson said he used to drive a gas guzzling truck in San Francisco but gave that up when he moved to Portland five years ago.
He said he had a hard time finding work as a general contractor because he needed a work truck. He started doing side jobs for friends on his bike. Those side jobs soon turned into a full-time career.
Just last summer, he started his own company “Builder by Bike” where he runs his construction business on a bicycle with a trailer attached.
“Sometimes I’ve had contractors chase me down and say when gas goes to five bucks a gallon that’s what I’m going to do. It turns more heads than a Maserati,” Sanderson said.
Sanderson said the biggest challenge is planning out exactly what’s needed for the day. If the material gets too heavy to haul, it’s delivered to the site.
Sanderson said he is so busy, he’s planning to expand his business in the future.
“I often said if I was lord God, master king of the universe, we would have a builder by bike in Southeast, Northeast, Northwest and Southwest and cover those quadrants,” Sanderson said.
He’s looking for a part-time handyman and contractor and perhaps a potential business partner. To apply, email:firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Employment opportunity.
Sanderson said if you told him he’d be doing this job five years ago, he’d say you’re crazy. But now he’s having the time of his life.