How To Start A Handyman Business In Indiana
Here is information on how to legally start a handyman business in the state of Indiana. You may want to start here: How To Start A Handyman Business. Make sure you research properly as laws are constantly changing.
Getting Started- Indiana has a website to help you get started with your handyman business: https://inbiz.in.gov/
-Register your handyman business name.
You may need to register a fictitious name for your business. https://secure.in.gov/sos/business/2426.htm
-Select your business structure.
Determine what business structure you wish to have: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. https://secure.in.gov/sos/business/2426.htm
More on business structure here: Handyman Business Structure
-Register your handyman business.
Start registering your handyman business with the state of Indiana here: https://inbiz.in.gov/start-business/step-one/
-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, hire an accountant.
You may choose to file your own taxes, or decide to hire an accountant. More information about taxes here: http://www.in.gov/dor/3748.htm 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 about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance
-Register as a Contractor.
You need to find out if your state or city requires you to register as an insured contractor.
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.
-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.
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 your particular job, and may be subject to inspections.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. http://www.osha.gov/