How To Start A Handyman Business In Massachusetts
Here is some information on how to register and start a new handyman business in the state of Massachusetts. You may want to start here: How To Start A Handyman Business. Make sure you research properly as laws are constantly changing.
Getting Started- Massachusetts has a helpful web page for starting a new business here: http://www.mass.gov/hed/business/start-business/new-business-steps.html
-Register your handyman business name.
You may need to register a fictitious name for your business: https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/choose-register-your-business/register-your-business-name
-Select your business structure.
Determine what business structure you wish to have: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.: https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/choose-your-business-structure More on Business Entities Here: Handyman Business Structure
-Register your handyman business.
Register your handyman business with the state of Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office.
-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.mass.gov/dor/businesses/help-and-resources/starting-and-registering-a-business/ 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 with the state of Massachusetts.
Check here about registering as a handyman contractor with the state of Massachusetts: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/consumer-rights-and-resources/home-improvement-contract/hic-registration/
You won’t need to worry about Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.
-Get Health Insurance.
You will be responsible for getting 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. You may also need a license and/or certification to perform certain types of work such as electrical or plumbing.
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.