Here are some steps you may need to take to become a legal handyman business in the state of Utah.
Getting started– The state of Utah has created a few links to help you start your business: http://www.utah.gov/business/starting.html
-Register your handyman business name.
Find out more about registering a business name here: https://secure.utah.gov/bes/
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.utah.gov/business/starting/structure_starting.html More on Business Entities: Choosing a Handyman Business Entity
-Register your handyman business.
Find out more about how register your handyman business with the state of Utah here: https://secure.utah.gov/account/log-in.html
-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 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://tax.utah.gov/business 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.
Find out if you need to register as a contractor here: http://www.dopl.utah.gov/licensing/contracting.html
-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.
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 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