How to Start a Handyman Business In Texas
Here is some information on how to register and start a handyman business in the state of Texas. Make sure you 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 own handyman business, along with links to more information. For more on starting a handyman business: How To Start A Handyman Business
Here is a website that will help if you want to start a business in Texas: Start a Business In Texas
-Register your handyman business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: Registering a Business Name In Texas
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: Selecting a Business Structure In Texas
More on Business Structure here: Handyman Business Structure
-Register your handyman business.
You can register your handyman business with the state of Texas here: Texas Business Registration
-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.
While you can certainly file your own taxes, an accountant may be helpful in figuring out deductions and other tax laws. More information about taxes here:
-Get a website.
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-Set up social media accounts.
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-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!
-Get Business Software
Business software will streamline your 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.
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-Get Liability Insurance.
More about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance
-Get Health Insurance.
Since you will be self-employed, you will need your own health insurance. If you want to 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.
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