How To Start A Handyman Business In Vermont

Make sure you research the laws in your area before starting your handyman company.  You may want to start here:   How to Start a Handyman Business.
Getting started– The state of Vermont has a website about starting a business in Vermont here: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/corporationsbusiness-services/business-registration-services/start-or-register-a-business.aspx

-Register your handyman business name.

Find out more about your business name at Step #5 here: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/corporationsbusiness-services/other-resources/business-start-up-guide.aspx

More on choosing a handyman business name here: Handyman Business Name Ideas and How To Choose A Business Name

-Choose your business structure.

Decide what structure you want for your roofing business– Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more at Step # 4 here: https://www.sec.state.vt.us/corporationsbusiness-services/other-resources/business-start-up-guide.aspx

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-Register your handyman business with Vermont.

Find out more about registering your handyman business with the state of Vermont here:  https://www.sec.state.vt.us/corporationsbusiness-services/business-registration-services/start-or-register-a-business.aspx

-Open a Business Account with your Bank.

You will need to open a separate checking 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://tax.vermont.gov/business-and-corp/register-renew-close-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.

We work with ContractorsLiability.com because they’re the one-stop-shop for General Liability insurance and are able to get online quotes in all 50 states. Learn more >

-Register as a Contractor in Vermont.

Contact your local government to see if you need to register.

-Worker’s Compensation.

You will need Worker’s Compensation if you have any employees. Find out more>

-Offer Payment Options to Customers

Offering 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!
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-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.

-See if  you need 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.how to start a handyman business in Vermont

-Don’t forget about Permits.

You may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of handyman-related jobs, depending on your location.

-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