How To Start A Handyman Business In Tennessee

How to Start a Handyman Business In Tennessee

There are some specific steps to starting a handyman business in Tennessee.  You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly. You may want to start here: How To Start A Handyman Business.
Here are a few web pages created by the state of Tennessee that will help if you want to start a business in Tennessee: and

1. Register your handyman business name.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here:

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.  Click on Step 2 at this link to find out more about business structure:

More here: Handyman Business Structure

3.  Register your handyman business.

You can register your handyman business with the state of Tennessee 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, 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 .

6.  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

7.  Register as a Contractor with the State of Tennessee.

To see if you need to register your handyman business with the state of Tennessee, check here:

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. to start a handyman business in Tennessee

Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of handyman 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.