How to Start a Handyman Business In New Jersey
Here are some steps to take in order to start a handyman business in the state of New Jersey. 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.
Here is a website that will help if you want to start a business in New Jersey: http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/starting/
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1. Register your handyman business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/documents/check_list.pdf
2. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/starting/basics/
3. Register your handyman business.
You can register your handyman business with the state of New Jersey here: http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/gettingregistered.shtml
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, 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 information about taxes here: http://www.nj.gov/njbusiness/tax/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
6. Get Liability Insurance.
More about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance
7. Register as a Contractor with the State of New Jersey.
Find out more here: http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/hic/Pages/default.aspx
8. Worker’s Compensation.
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.
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.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. http://www.osha.gov