HomePlumbing TipsQ&A: I do home repairs, and want to start a small business, from home, how do i do that.?
Posted in Plumbing Tips on 2nd May 2014
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I do home repairs, and want to start a small business, from home, how do i do that.?
i want to put a ad somewhere online, so people can call or email me for services, to repair something in their home, do i need a license to do this. just basic repairs.

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Answer by Christy and Chuck N
license and insurance to start you will be better off in the long run

Answer by Big C
Simple. In your town call the city offices there and ask what you need for a contractors license.

Answer by tattie_herbert
Er, you just have!
You should have left your telephone number.
But you would be in breach of Yahoo guidelines………….lol
Build yourself a website, with LOADS of references in the first few lines, so the search engine bots will find you.

Answer by Gerald S
Go to http://www.score.org/ to find the nearest SCORE chapter. Contact them to arrange for a free one on one meeting with a SCORE counselor about starting a home repair business.

SCORE is a nonprofit organization. They provide a public service by offering small business advice and training. .

SCORE’s 10,500 volunteers have more than 600 business skills. Volunteers share their wisdom and lessons learned in business. The volunteers are working/retired business owners, executives and corporate leaders.

Answer by rouge rocker
If it’s new work all you need is a license and that’s just a simple fee and insurance. Any home repair is considered remodeling and you have to take a state test,apply for a insurance No. and be fully insured. Here in Maryland you need 250,000 $ worth of insurance and must carry workers comp.

Answer by carri s
I would start by looking into small business grants, then check into licencing, insuring and bonding.

Answer by william m
The best advice I can give to you is to check out this site:


It teaches you step-by-step how to take your passion/interest and create a successful online business.

Hope this helps…

Answer by Mary R
Depending on where you live, you only need a business permit. You generally go to your main county court house to get this. (call first to see what you need to bring, usually you just need some form of ID). The fee ranges but is usually around $ 50.00 or less. You will probably want to be a sole proprietor so you can use your social security # for tax purposes. You can also get all of this information from your county court house, they will probably have flyers. You can also benefit by checking out this government website; http://workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/unemploy/self.asp
In addition, you will need to come up with a name for your business (or just use your name…Joe Smith Repairs) as you will need it for the business permit. Once you’ve gotten your permit order some low cost business cards and start posting them at local building supply stores as most have cork boards where customers can tack them. Then, if money permits, advertise in the local classifieds or in the local Pennysaver paper (free local papers). I am thinking that the online thing isn’t really going to work…I doubt people will want to email you to request repairs. Most will want to call you on the phone. You may find that a lot of your customers may be elderly people who can no longer tend to their own repairs…and many may not even have computers. You could put an email address on your business cards but I would definitely include a phone number too. In addition, purchase a receipt book to keep track of things and also for giving your customers a receipt. That’s pretty much it. Keep in mind that you will have to pay taxes if your business is successful…so keep track of your income and keep all your receipts for material, travel costs (gas receipts for your vehicle) and everything else related to your business that you purchase. Good luck!

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