How to Start a Handyman Business In Georgia
When starting a handyman business in the state of Georgia, you will need to complete a few important steps in order to become a legal 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. For more on starting a handyman business: How To Start A Handyman Business
- Register your handyman business name.
You will need to register your handyman business name with the Superior Court Clerk in your Georgia county. If you need help selecting a name for your handyman business: Choosing a Business Name and Handyman Business Name Ideas
- Select your business structure.
- Register your handyman business.
You can register your handyman business with the state of Georgia here: https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/
- Open a Business Checking Account.
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.
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: https://dor.georgia.gov/business-taxes and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
- Get Liability Insurance.
Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance. You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary. More on liability insurance: Contractor Liability Insurance
- Register as a Contractor.
Find out if you need to register as a contractor: http://ocp.ga.gov/consumer-topics/building-contractors
- Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
- 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.
- 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.
Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of handyman jobs.
- 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