How To Start A Handyman Business In Michigan

How to Start a Handyman Business In Michigan

There are some important steps to take to start a handyman business in the state of Michigan.  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 register your handyman business, along with links to more information.
Getting started- The state of Michigan has a website about starting a business in Michigan here: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/start-up/business-assistance/#guidance

1. Register your handyman business name.

You need to register your business name.  Check for name availability here: https://cofs.lara.state.mi.us/corpweb/CorpSearch/CorpSearch.aspx

If you need help selecting a name for your handyman business:  Choosing a Handyman Business Name and Handyman Business Name Ideas

2. Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: http://sbdcmichigan.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-Guide-to-Starting-a-Business-WEB.pdf?rnd=1516040785759

More here: Handyman Business Structure

3.  Register your handyman business.

You can register your handyman business with the state of Michigan here: http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,4676,7-238-43519_43521_69027_69032-155361–,00.html

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.michigan.gov/taxes/ 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.  More about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance

7.  Register as a Contractor.

You must register as a licensed contractor in the state of Michigan.  You can find out more about getting a license here: http://www.michigan.gov/statelicensesearch/0,4671,7-180-24786_24809-81004–,00.html .

8. 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.how to start a handyman business in Michigan

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.

11. 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.

13. OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.  http://www.osha.gov