How to Start a Handyman Business in Utah

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A handyman assists homeowners with a variety of small jobs around the house.
A handyman assists homeowners with a variety of small jobs around the house. (Image: hitting nail image by msw from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Working as a handyman lets you experience the freedom of setting your own hours and rates. Handymen often assist others with tasks that are too small for a major contractor to come in and fix, but too large for the homeowner to fix on his own. Homeowners will often rehire a reliable handyman and refer the handyman to other homeowners they know when they are pleased with your work.

Things You'll Need

  • Tools
  • Contracting license
  • Business registration
  • EIN
  • Insurance

Get licensed as a handyman business. Get a contracting license by filing an application with the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. This license will state that you can legally work as a contractor in the state of Utah.

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing 160 East 300 South, P. O. Box 146741 Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741 dopl.utah.gov

Register your handyman business's name if its name is something different from your own. Accomplish this by completing the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing's application form entitled "Contractor Name Change or Add a DBA.”

Register the handyman business name.
Register the handyman business name. (Image: name hand image by drawos from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Record your handyman business name with the state of Utah. This is different from registering a "Doing Business As" name on your contractor’s license. It alerts Utah to your business on a state level. Registering your business can be completed online at Utah’s One Stop Business website.

Register your business with the Internal Revenue Service. Ask the IRS for an Employer Identification Number. This number will allow the IRS to track your business for tax purposes and you will file taxes using the EIN number.

IRS Office 210 N. 1950 West Salt Lake City, UT 84134 801-799-6963 IRS.gov

Contact your city clerk’s office and register your new business with them. This is required so that you can pay city taxes and the city knows that you have a business.

Develop the fees that you will charge customers for your work. This can include an hourly rate and a rate per job. Create the rate for assessing a work site as well, for you should get paid money for an initial cost assessment.

Decide how much you will charge when you work as a handyman.
Decide how much you will charge when you work as a handyman. (Image: business travel image by Albert Lozano from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Buy business insurance for contractors. This gives customers peace of mind knowing that you are a fully insured handyman. Business insurance also prevents you from having to pay out of pocket if you accidentally break or damage something major while on a job because you will be able to file a claim with your insurance company.

Advertise your business by creating business cards and handing them out to people you meet. Advertise online via MySpace and Facebook, as well as other social networking sites. Advertise in local newspapers.

Create business cards to help advertise your business.
Create business cards to help advertise your business. (Image: Binder clipped white blank business cards with space for text image by Steve Johnson from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

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