When starting a handyman company in the state of Rhode Island you will need to complete a few important steps in order to become a legal business. 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 business, along with links to more information.
Getting started- Rhode Island has a few links about how to start a business here: http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/Business-Portal/Start-Or-Qualify-A-Business and https://www.ri.gov/SOS/quickstart/wizard/business_types/wizard/4d5de299d38b76b0a32a883e0e1dbf91ed0c5a39/822272d7cc25d537c7d8409f08c0a532c777db2e
-Register your handyman business name.
You can register your assumed name with your local government office. Find out more about choosing a name here: http://sos.ri.gov/divisions/Business-Portal/Start-Or-Qualify-A-Business/Name-Availability
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://sos.ri.gov/assets/downloads/documents/business-structure-chart.pdf
-Register your handyman business.
You can register your business with the state of Rhode Island here: https://www.ri.gov/taxation/BAR/
-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 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.tax.state.ri.us/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
-Get Liability Insurance.
Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance. You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.
-Register as a Contractor.
You may need to register with the State of Rhode Island Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board. Find out more here: http://www.crb.ri.gov/
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
-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 do 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.
-Building Code and Inspections.
You must be aware of building codes for particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. http://www.osha.gov