How To Start A Handyman Business In Texas

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: https://texaswideopenforbusiness.com/start-business

how to start a handyman business in Texas

1. Register your handyman business name.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/forms_boc.shtml

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.  Find out more here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/businessstructure.shtml  More on Business Structure here: Handyman Business Structure

3.  Register your handyman business.

You can register your handyman business with the state of Texas here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/forms_boc.shtml

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.

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: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxes/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .

6.  Get Liability Insurance.

Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance.  Make sure you specify what types of jobs you plan to do as a handman, as this can affect the pricing structure you are offered.  You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.  More on liability insurance:  Contractor Liability Insurance

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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. Permits.

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.  http://www.osha.gov