Yelm Graduate Offers Handyman Services to Community

By Jacob Dimond / [email protected]

Kyle Robinson is currently a business marketing major at Pacific Lutheran University who is excelling in his field beyond the classroom.

Robinson, a long-time Yelm resident, enrolled at PLU shortly after graduating from Yelm High School in 2019, but returns to the community to offer his services as a handyman.

Robinson grew up in the area. He attended Southworth Elementary School as a kid before moving on to Yelm Middle School and then YHS. Along the way he participated in different sports, including football, baseball and basketball. He received multiple varsity letters at YHS in baseball and football, and was named to the Olympian All-Area team for football his senior year. Robinson was also a member of Yelm’s FFA club, where he raised pigs and cows.

“My best memories from high school were playing football. Especially my senior year, the playoff game against Lakes where we scored a touchdown with 10ish seconds left to win it. I still get goosebumps thinking about it,” said Robinson.

Following his graduation from YHS in 2019, Robinson committed to PLU to play football. Robinson, who was the quarterback for Yelm from 2016-18, is now a tight end for the Lutes and has contributed on Special Teams in his tenure so far. He excels in the classroom too, as he obtained a 3.75 GPA in the fall term and a 3.61 GPA overall.

Outside of school and athletics, Robinson isn’t your typical 20-year-old college student. He is driven and goal oriented, and always finds a way to achieve his dreams.

“Right out of high school, I obtained my real estate license,” said Robinson. “I’ve been pretty busy with football and school, but I’ve been able to sell four houses.”

Robinson soon plans to put another house or two on the market.

On top of his real estate career, he recently started his own handyman services. Robinson offers numerous services locally and throughout Western Washington.

“Kyle has worked hard on many projects on my property and home. All of his work has made such a big difference and is much appreciated,” said John Galbraith, Robinson’s former coach.

For Galbraith, Robinson has limbed trees, cleared brush, leveled his deck, butted up downed trees, chopped wood and painted.

Robinson’s services as a handyman include flooring, trim, painting, deck maintenance, door installation, landscaping and junk removal.

A lot of Robinson’s clients use him again for his services. Some of his clients include former teachers and coaches who Robinson has been able to connect with on a professional level. Without his business, Robinson said he might have never had an opportunity to network with those people.

“I love building relationships with people through work,” said Robinson. “It’s been cool being able to build these relationships with my former teachers, especially outside of school. Creating these relationships growing up here has really helped me with my business.”

Robinson eventually wants to combine his two career ventures and looks to get a move on it sooner rather than later.

“In the future, I want to start flipping houses. I want to fix up houses on the market and maximize their value, and turn around and flip it. This goes hand in hand with what I’ve already been doing,” said Robinson.

Along with flipping houses, Robinson has several other goals for his business in the upcoming years.

“I really want to scale my business. In order to do that, I want to continue building a good pipeline of workers,” said Robinson. “Playing at PLU, I’ve been able to work with a lot of my teammates.”

Robinson is looking to hire new people for different jobs. Most of his jobs pay $25 an hour.

If you are interested in working as a handyman, you can contact Robinson through his email [email protected] or visit his website at

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