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 is a website created by the state of Ohio that will help if you want to start a business in Ohio: Ohio Business Gateway
-Register your handyman business name in Ohio.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.tax.ohio.gov/taxeducation/starting_a_business_step_2.aspx
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more about business structure: https://www.tax.ohio.gov/taxeducation/starting_a_business_step_1.aspx
-Register your handyman business.
You can register your handyman business with the state of Ohio through the Ohio Business Gateway here: https://ohiobusinessgateway.ohio.gov
-Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your handyman business with your new business name.
-Offer Payment Options to CustomersOffering payment options with your bids will help you work with clients that don’t have all the cash up front. Hearth’s software allows you to pre-qualify your customers (without affecting their credit score) directly from a mobile app so that you can win more business and larger project sizes, even on deductibles. With Hearth:
- Loan amounts can range from $1,000-$100,000, and customers can get funds into their account in 1-5 days.
- You can serve clients with credit scores as low as 500.
- You’ll never pay per-loan dealer fees.
- There are no minimum requirements to join!
-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.tax.ohio.gov/Business.aspx and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
-Get Business Software
Business software will streamline your handyman business before you even start, giving you visibility and control over all your leads, sales, jobs, and tasks from a single program to get your company on the fast track toward growth.
You’ll also be able to create estimates, place material orders, automate the boring (but necessary) stuff, empowering you and your team to finish jobs on time and on budget. Try JobNimbus for Free!
-Get Liability Insurance.
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.
-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.
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 installations.
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. http://www.osha.gov