How to Start a Handyman Business In California
There are a number of steps to take to start a handyman business in the state of California. You may want to start here: How To Start A Handyman Business. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly. Here are some steps you may have to take (not necessarily in order) to start your handyman company, along with links to more information.
Getting started– California’s official website about how to start a business in California is found here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness.aspx
1. Register your handyman business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/ChooseaFictitiousBusinessName.aspx . Your fictitious name must be registered with your county clerk. Find your county’s form here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/CountyClerkandFBNForms.aspx
2. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/DefiningaBusiness.aspx
3. Register your handyman business.
You can register your handyman business with the state of California here: http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/RegisteringaBusiness.aspx
4. Open a Business Checking Account.
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.
You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.taxes.ca.gov/doingbus.shtml 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.
To become a handyman, you may need to apply for a contractor’s license in the state of California. The registration application is found here: http://www.cslb.ca.gov/About_Us/Library/Forms_And_Applications.aspx .
8. Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
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. 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. http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/RegisteringaBusiness/Locallicensesandpermits.aspx
Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of handyman-related jobs. http://www.business.ca.gov/StartaBusiness/RegisteringaBusiness/Locallicensesandpermits.aspx
12. Building Code and Inspections.
You must be aware of building codes for particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. http://www.osha.gov