How To Start A Handyman Business In South Carolina

How to Start a Handyman Business In South Carolina

There are a number of steps to become a legal handyman business in the state of South Carolina.  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– Two websites created by the state of South Carolina to help you start your business can be found here: http://www.sc.gov/business/Pages/STARTINGABUSINESS.aspx and https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Business-Resources

-Register your handyman business name.

Find out more about registering a business name at STEP 2 at this link:  https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/User%20Identification%20of%20Appropriate%20Filing.pdf .

If you need help selecting a name for your handyman business:  Choosing a Business Name and Handyman Business Name Ideas

-Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/Business_Structures.pdf  More here: Handyman Business Structure

 -Register your handyman business.

Find out more about how register your handyman business with the state of South Carolina here: http://www.sos.sc.gov/Business_Opportunities

-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 and 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 info about taxes here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/IRS_Link_Index_-_Critical_IRS_Information.pdf 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.

Find out more about contractor licensing here:  https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/General_Business_License.pdf .

-Worker’s Compensation.how to start a handyman business in South Carolina

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.

-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.

-Permits.

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.

-OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.  http://www.osha.gov/