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Back office support can make or break your construction company and that’s where we come in. We can do you the most good by bringing order to your chaotic contractors bookkeeping mess! Most of our clients come to us because they believed they needed someone to straighten up their contractors bookkeeping services system, help them get current or quarterly payroll tax filings, sales tax returns and a variety of other tax issues. That is only the tip of the iceberg! 

The real value in working with us is not just getting you out of trouble now but keeping you out of trouble in the future so that you can focus your time and energy where it will do you the most good…acquiring profitable and pleasant customers and clients and satisfying their needs. 

 

Warm Regards,

Randal DeHart | Premier Contractors Accountant

 

This is one more example of how Fast Easy Accounting is helping construction company owners just like you put more money in the bank to operate and grow your construction company. Construction accounting is not rocket science; it is a lot harder than that and a lot more valuable to construction contractors like you so stop missing out and call Sharie 206-361-3950 or email sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

 

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Dec 1, 2017

This Podcast Is Episode Number 0245, And It Will Be About Unique Secrets To Starting A Highly Profitable Handyman Company

 Basics of Starting Your Handyman Company

Sometimes it hard to know where to begin when starting any Construction Company including a Handyman Company.

  • First Place to decide what type of contracting business do you want to start.
  • For many contractors, the Place To Begin is to choose to be a handyman.

Why do I suggest a Handyman?

  • No one expects a Handyman to have the skills of a High-End Finish Carpenter.
  • It will give you an opportunity to try many things.
  • Learn how to make simple repairs.
  • Determine what you like to do and learn the skills associated with that trade.
  • Many states have a basic license for the Handyman.

The best place to learn about starting up and operating a highly profitable Handyman Company is Dan Perry Handyman Startup. Here is a link to his online course that is only open twice a year. Get on the list.

The next steps are all about Company Structure. We recommend being an S-Corp because it has several benefits over any other structure like LLC, C-Corp, and Partnership.


Many Tax Accountants And Lawyers Suggest Setting Up Your Company As An LLC

They like it because it is simple and cheap to set up in the beginning and they do not care how much you will be overpaying on your Income Tax! In most cases, they will set up your Handyman Company to be taxed as a Sole Proprietor, which means you will pay payroll taxes on all the net profit. In the first year in business, this might be almost nothing.

The problem is that a Handyman Company Owners and Construction Contractors never go into business with the idea of NOT MAKING A PROFIT. The difference between a Not Profitable Company and a Profitable Construction Company can be a few jobs that went well and paid before the end of the year.  

You cannot go back to the IRS and say – I changed my mind, and now I want to be treated as an S-Corp for this year because I made a profit. It doesn’t work that way. For an LLC – forms must be filled out early in the new year for that year and can be treated as an S-Corp every year going forward.  

When a Handyman Company Owner or a Construction Contractor chooses to be an S-Corp in the beginning, then no one gets confused on what you expect. An S-Corp is always treated as an S-Corp. Just a quick heads up; Corporate Officers must take a reasonable salary (W-2 income) and the balance either as dividends or invests it in retirement accounts. It defeats the purpose to be in business if a Corporate Officer takes payroll for every dollar taken out of the company.

If you want to be paid like a regular employee, then save yourself a headache and be an employee for someone else. Being in business is full of challenges, some fun, and others not so much fun. Decisions are made every day (many days it feels like every minute of every day). As the Owner, there is no one to tell you what you supposed to do or what you have to do. Of course, there are nasty letters, phone calls, or fines and penalties when do you not pay what you are supposed to pay by the due date.

When choosing a name for your Handyman or Construction Company, I recommend that the Corporate Identify is more general and not an exact match to the Trade Name you may be using.  Why – because as an S-Corporation you can evolve and change what you do and keep the same Corporate Structure.

We started out as Construction Contractors, at one time we were General Contractors and at some point changed to being predominately a Specialty Trade Contractor. Individual changes within that space, we worked New Construction, Remodel, Service, and Repair - all of which were slightly different.  

Employees that were fantastic in New Construction did not do well in Residential Remodel projects, or Commercial Tenant Improvement (TI) Projects and Vice versa. An entirely different group of employees loved service and repair but were clueless when it came to New Construction for Residential Remodel or TI Projects.

We have been Construction Accountants for many years now but remember each of the phases of our own career. From permits, sitting for inspections, wearing a hard hat, buying safety glasses by the case, and a zillion and one other OSHA and safety items. We have not forgotten what it is like on your side of the world, in the trenches, doing the work that needs to be done in the mud, the blood, the sweat and the tears.  

The next step in your business search is where do you want to do business?  My recommendation is to have an office, warehouse, mailing address away from home. Your home is your castle, and you need to put Family First. The last thing you need is a drunken employee or customer showing up on Saturday night to talk about what they don't like about you or your company.

As a contractor, you can handle anything and everything. But you need to have the peace of mind that no one is calling or dropping by your house to leave or pick up a check, discuss the job (good or bad) after a few beers. In my opinion, this also includes employees.  
It sounds cost effective to have your shop in the garage or basement. Not so nice if those same employees do not respect your personal space and go wandering in your bedrooms, family rooms, kitchen and anywhere else they please. Get a business address. Nothing is so important that you can’t handle during the day or to meet someone away from home and family.

I strongly recommend you do this before you set up your business. This will limit the number of places your home address is listed. Government Agencies can find you for behind the scenes you and your company are tied together (and somewhere that will include your home address) What you are limiting is the number of places your home address is in public view for everyone to see and drop by unannounced.   

Tracking The Money In and Out

Set up more than one bank account. Limit the amount of money in the account with a debit card. If the Debit Card is lost – all the money in the account is a lot no matter who you are. Setup business checking accounts (even if you are a sole prop) and pay business expenses out of business checking accounts.

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Lend your Handyman Company money as needed. With a good Construction Accounting System that money will be tracked. You can pay yourself back. Without a good Construction Accounting System then it is too easy for the money to appear as income and therefore taxable.  

Many Construction Contractors pull money out of the company only to determine they needed to put the funds back into the Construction Company to pay bills or purchase material to do the next project.  Designate personal credit cards for business and try to never use them for personal. This again helps isolate business from personal expenses. 

  • In the end – Did you make a profit?
  • Did you remember to show all your expenses in your Construction Accounting?  
  • Many expenses that were personal now are a business expense (vehicle, cell phone, etc.)
  • Did you collect all the money due to you?  
  • Are you using an Estimating Program?
  • Did you get signed Change Orders?
  • Are you using Online Invoicing?
  • Did you get a signed Contract?   
  • Do you accept Credit Cards?  

It is all about the three O’s. Who Owes you money? Who do you Owe money? What do you Own?
Everyone started out as a New Construction Contractor – Your challenges are not new.  
Do you have any money left over to do what you want to do?  

Wishing you the best as the Holiday Season approaches.  

Sharie


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Sharie DeHart, Fast Easy Accounting Client Support Specialisthttps://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/free-one-hour-consultation-bookkeeping

Sharie DeHart, QPA is the co-founder of Business Consulting And Accounting in Lynnwood Washington. She is the leading expert in managing outsourced construction bookkeeping and accounting services companies and cash management accounting for small construction companies across the USA. She encourages Contractors and Construction Company Owners to stay current on their tax obligations and offers insights on how to manage the remaining cash flow to operate and grow their construction company sales and profits so they can put more money in the bank. http://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/sharie-dehart/ 206-361-3950 or sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

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We understand the good, bad and the ugly about owning and operating construction companies because we have had several of them and we sincerely care about you and your construction company!

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This Is One more example of how Fast Easy Accounting is helping construction company owners across the USA including Alaska and Hawaii put more money in the bank to operate and grow your construction company. Construction accounting is not rocket science; it is a lot harder than that, and a lot more valuable to construction contractors like you so stop missing out and call Sharie 206-361-3950 or email sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

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Thank you very much, and I hope you understand we do care about you and all contractors regardless of whether or not you ever hire our services.
Bye for now until our next episode here on the Contractors Success MAP Podcast.


Enjoy your day.  
 
Sharie

About The Author:

Sharie DeHart, Fast Easy Accounting Client Support Specialisthttps://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/free-one-hour-consultation-bookkeeping

Sharie DeHart, QPA is the co-founder of Business Consulting And Accounting in Lynnwood Washington. She is the leading expert in managing outsourced construction bookkeeping and accounting services companies and cash management accounting for small construction companies across the USA. She encourages Contractors and Construction Company Owners to stay current on their tax obligations and offers insights on how to manage the remaining cash flow to operate and grow their construction company sales and profits so they can put more money in the bank. http://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/sharie-dehart/ 206-361-3950 or sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

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