-Register your handyman business name.Find out more here: http://business.wa.gov/start.html#businessname More on choosing a handyman business name here: Handyman Business Name Ideas and How To Choose A Business Name
-Select your handyman business structure.Determine what business structure you wish to have: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. http://business.wa.gov/start.html#businessstructure
-Register your handyman business.If you are forming an LLC or Corporation, you need to register your business. http://business.wa.gov/start.html#getregistered
-Open a Business Checking Account.You will need to open a separate bank account for your handyman business with your new business name.
-Find out about taxes, 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 information about taxes here: http://business.wa.gov/start.html#taxnumber and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
-Register as a Contractor.You may need to register as a contractor. Find out more here: http://www.lni.wa.gov/tradeslicensing/contractors/howreg/default.asp
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-Get Liability Insurance.
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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.
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-related 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