How to Start a Handyman Business In West Virginia
Here are some steps on how to become a legal handyman business in the state of West Virginia. You may want to start here: How To Start A Handyman Business.
Getting started– The state of West Virginia has created a few links to help you start your business: http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/Documents/StartingABusinessGuide.pdf and http://www.business4wv.com/b4wvpublic/default.aspx?pagename=startbusiness
-Register your handyman business name.
Find out more about registering a business name here: http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/business/Pages/NameAvailability.aspx
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/business/Pages/businessstructure.aspx More here: Handyman Business Structure
-Register your handyman business.
Find out more about how register your handyman business with the state of West Virginia here: https://www.business4wv.com/b4wvpublic/default.aspx?pagename=publicuserregistration
-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://tax.wv.gov/Business/Pages/Business.aspx 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. More about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance
-Register as a Contractor.
You may need to get a contractor license. Find out more here: https://labor.wv.gov/Licensing/Contractor_License/Pages/default.aspx
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
-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 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