How To Start A Handyman Business In New York

How to Start a Handyman Business In New York

There are some steps you may have to take in order to start your handyman company in the state of New York. You may want to start here: How To Start A Handyman Business.

Getting started– The state of New York has a website about starting a business  here:

How to start a handyman business in New York

1. Register your handyman business name.

You need to register your business name:

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

2. Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here:

3.  Register your handyman business.

You can find out more about registering your handyman business with the state of New York here:

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: and

6.  Get Liability Insurance.

Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance.  You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.

7.  Register as a Contractor.

You will need to check with your county to see requirements for registration.

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.

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.