Does a Handyman Need to Have a Contractors License?

There are very few areas where a handyman can get a handyman license, so the question becomes: How can I work legally as a handyman and still make a good living? It seems that every state in the Union has licensing requirements for all aspects of construction.  You have to be a licensed contractor to do any major work…jobs like…

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About Licensing and Insurance

Check with your state or local licensing authority to determine if your handyman work will require a license.  To protect your assets it is very important to get the necessary licenses and that you have general liability insurance.

Who is Required to Have a City Business Tax Certificate?

If you do work within the city limits, where ever you are, there is probably a business license requirement. Here is a quote from the City of Santa Rosa’s website:  “Any person whose business is located in the city or conducts business in the city must apply for a business tax certificate within 30-days of the date the business commences….

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How Large a Deposit Should I Request?

There are limits on what you can request as a deposit.  Check the laws in your state for the exact limits.  In California, contractors are prohibited from asking for a deposit of more than 10% of the contract price or $1,000, whichever is less. You’ve heard the horror stories about “tradesmen” asking for a 50% deposit and then skipping town…

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Can I Get a Contractors Discount When Buying Materials?

Any discounts you receive have the potential of being either extra profit for you or additional savings for your customer.  It’s a winning situation either way so don’t hesitate to ask for a discount. I have found that the major chains have differing policies.  One chain flat out said no, that they do not offer contractor discounts while another said…

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Should I Hire Handyman Helpers?

The hiring of employees can be a great way to increase your income as a handyman.  In my area, handyman helpers would earn from $15 to $25 per hour.  After figuring in payroll taxes and workman’s compensation insurance the cost per hour would be closer to $25 to $35 per hour.  Marking up the employee cost to $40 to $50…

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