How to Start a Handyman Business In Virginia
Here are some steps to take to start a handyman business in the state of Virginia. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly. You may want to start here: How To Start A Handyman Business.
Getting started– The state of Virginia provides a few helpful websites for getting your handyman business started: http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml and https://www.virginia.gov/Business/
1. Register your handyman business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml
2. Select your business structure.
3. Register your handyman business.
You can register your handyman business with the state of Virginia here: https://bosapp.cyberdatainc.com/bos/
4. Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your handyman business with your new business name.
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://www.tax.virginia.gov/content/business-home 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. 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.
Find out more about how to register as a contractor here: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/boards/contractors/
8. Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
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.
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 particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. www.osha.com