How To Start A Handyman Business In Washington State

Here is some information on starting a handyman business in the state of Washington.  You may want to start here:   How to Start a Handyman Business.

The state of Washington has a number of websites to help you get started with your business:  http://business.wa.gov/start.html and http://bls.dor.wa.gov/startbusiness.aspx and http://www.oria.wa.gov/site/alias__oria/345/our_business_services.aspx

-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 .

  -Get Liability Insurance.

Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance.  You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.

 -Register as a Contractor.how to start a handyman business in Washington

You may need to register as a contractor.  Find out more here:  http://www.lni.wa.gov/tradeslicensing/contractors/howreg/default.asp

-Worker’s Compensation.

The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.  You don’t need Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.

-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.

-Be aware of other regulations.

You may be required to obtain a license to operate your handyman business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.  You may need to apply for permits, and be subject to inspections.  You need to be aware of building codes.  You may be subject to OSHA regulations:  http://www.osha.gov