How To Start A Handyman Business In Ohio

How to Start a Handyman Business In Ohio

There are some specific steps to starting a handyman business in Ohio.  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 are two website links created by the state of Ohio that will help if you want to start a business in Ohio: and

-Register your handyman business name in Ohio.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here:

More on choosing a handyman business name here: Handyman Business Name Ideas and How To Choose A Business Name

-Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more about business structure:

 -Register your handyman business.

You can register your handyman business with the state of Ohio through the Ohio Business Gateway here:

-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 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: and .

 -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 Ohio.

Currently, you do not need to register your handyman business with the state of Ohio, but you may need to register in your particular city.

-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.

-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.

-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.  You may possibly need certifications or licenses to perform certain repairs or to start a handyman business in Ohio


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.