How To Start A Handyman Business In Virginia

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.
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1. Register your handyman business name.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.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.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml  More here: Handyman 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.

5. Taxes.

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.

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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.

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

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.how to start a handyman business in Virginia

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 particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.

13. OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. www.osha.com