How To Start A Handyman Business In North Carolina

How to Start a Handyman Business In North Carolina

There are a number of steps to take to start a handyman business in North Carolina.  You may want to start here for more information on starting a handyman business: How To Start Handyman Business.   You can find the links to help get your new handyman business registered in North Carolina below.

How to Register Your Handyman Company in North Carolina

Getting started– The state of North Carolina has a website about starting a business in North Carolina here: http://www.blnc.gov/start-your-business

-Register your handyman business name.

Find out more about registering a business name here: http://www.blnc.gov/start-your-business/business-forms

If you need help selecting a name for your handyman business:  How To Choose a Business Name and Handyman Business Name Ideas

-Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: http://www.blnc.gov/start-your-business/selecting-a-business-structure

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-Register your handyman business.

You can register your handyman business with the state of North Carolina here: http://www.dornc.com/electronic/registration/

-Open a Business Checking Account with your Bank.how to start a handyman business in North Carolina

You will need to open a separate bank account for your handyman business with your new business name.

-Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.

When starting out, you may want to file your own taxes. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.dornc.com/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business

-Get Business Software

Business software will streamline your handyman business before you even start, giving you visibility and control over all your leads, sales, jobs, and tasks from a single program to get your company on the fast track toward growth.

You’ll also be able to create estimates, place material orders, automate the boring (but necessary) stuff, empowering you and your team to finish jobs on time and on budget. Try JobNimbus for Free!

-Get Liability Insurance.

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More about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance

-Register as a Contractor.

Check here to see if you need to register as a contractor in North Carolina: http://www.nclbgc.org/ .

-Offer Payment Options to Customers

Offering payment options with your bids will help you work with clients that don’t have all the cash up front.  Hearth’s software allows you to pre-qualify your customers (without affecting their credit score) directly from a mobile app so that you can win more business and larger project sizes, even on deductibles. With Hearth:
  • Loan amounts can range from $1,000-$100,000, and customers can get funds into their account in 1-5 days.
  • You can serve clients with credit scores as low as 500.
  • You’ll never pay per-loan dealer fees.
  • There are no minimum requirements to join!
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-You may need Worker’s Compensation.

You will need Worker’s Compensation if you have any employees. Find out more>

-Get Health Insurance.

Since you will be self-employed, you will need your own health insurance.  If you have employees, you will need a plan that will include their health needs also.

-Find out if you need a City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to operate your handyman business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

-Research the need for Permits.

Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of handyman-related jobs.

-Building Code and Inspections.

You must be aware of building codes for your particular job, and may be subject to inspections.


Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.