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
1. Register your handyman business name.
Find out more about registering a business name here: http://www.blnc.gov/start-your-business/business-forms
2. 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
3. Register your handyman business.
You can register your handyman business with the state of North Carolina here: http://www.dornc.com/electronic/registration/
4. Open a Business Checking Account with your Bank.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your handyman business with your new business name.
5. 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
6. Get Liability Insurance.
Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance. You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.
7. Register as a Contractor.
Check here to see if you need to register as a contractor in North Carolina: http://www.nclbgc.org/ .
8. You may need Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this. You don’t need Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Research the need for Permits.
Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of handyman-related jobs.
12. 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.