What you should know about how to structure an Independent Contractor.

Hi Handyman lets break down the independent contractor structure. It’s pretty clear when you dive into it.

How to make sure you classify your independent contractor employees correctly is based on a few different easy things. If you don’t follow these practices, you will open yourself up to penalties and fines by the IRS not to mention be liable for worker’s compensation and other benefits that you are trying to avoid.

  1. They make their own hours. I use an online scheduling program that allows them to choose when they are available for work.
  2. They decide how they do the job. You are hiring qualified professionals that should know how to do the job on their own. Or at least if you are asked you say they work on their own.
  3. They sign an independent contractor agreement agreeing to the terms and rate of pay you set also acknowledging that they are an independent business responsible for their own insurance releasing you as an employer. (Agreement can be found in your UHA member area documents.)
  4. Having them obtain a business license also helps but not required if they belong to an association or union to show freelance independent of you. I have all of my contractors join the UHA and become verified. Another way of showing they are their own business getting independently screened. It also provides a link with their skills and photo I can send to clients prior to their arrival.
  5. I also make it clear to them that if they aren’t going to cover themselves with worker’s compensation then if they get hurt, I am not liable for them per the agreement. You can choose to force them to have their own liability Insurance. When I have done that in the past, I just pay them a little more to cover it, but my name isn’t attached.
  6. Have them fill out a W9 (found in your UHA member area)
  7. When you file your taxes claim that expense properly to get the benefit of the full write off for all payments made. (Consult your accountant for classification)
  8. Owns his own tools.
  9. Has the freedom to do other same type jobs on his own.
  10. Make sure you have complete and upfront communication with them. They need to be clear about everything including their own responsibilities for taxes and they will be given a 1099 without any withholdings by you.

Follow these guidelines and you shouldn’t have any issues.

Happy Home Repairs


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Invest in your business to create success.

Greeting’s members,

Investing in you, life and your business pays off in success!

If you know what Doge means, then you are probably playing around with the latest trend of crypto currency. I have to admit I am having some fun with it. I didn’t take it seriously and had $1.89 left in my virtual wallet so I bought shares of Doge. That $1.89 is now around $1200.

   Anyway, I wish I took it seriously just like taking your business investing seriously. Investing is always risky, but the challenge is spreading your risk and putting yourself in a position to gain.

   That’s exactly what the UHA membership can do for you. Put yourself in a position to be less of a risk for your clients to invest in you. I bet you didn’t expect me to turn it around like that. We are also a very low risk for you because you have all the control of what you get out of your UHA certification. You control everything from joining to increasing business based on how you utilize your membership and networking opportunities. If you could find a stock that you could control like that it would be a sure thing.

So, what are you waiting for? Invest in you, invest in your business and become UHA certified and remove your customers risk in investing in you.

Looking forward helping you get certified.

Flash Shelton


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Business Coaching Sessions Available


The U.H.A offers Zoom/phone service business coaching. We help you set up a business structure to succeed. Rather you are just starting out in the industry, or you have been in business for years we are sure to help you succeed and increase your business. We care about our members; your success is our future.

Business Coaching includes 1hr Zoom session.

  • Choose on Zoom or over the phone.
  • Copy of Zoom for your convenience.
  • Starts with learning about your business and goals.
  • Tailored to your business and area.  Local Laws and Regulations.
  • How to obtain a business License.
  • Filing a fictitious name statement.
  • Finding the best insurance and how to apply.
  • Discuss business structure.
  • Marketing suggestions.
  • Internet coaching.
  • Business approach.
  • Knowing your market.
  • Setting realistic goals.
  • Business resource links to fit your needs.
  • Answering your questions and follow up research to give you everything you need to succeed.
  • How to benefit and make the most out of your UHA membership.

We give you the resources you need to set up a properly structured business and the support you need to be successful.

Must be a registered member to schedule $125 for 1hr session

Dues paying members save $25

Certified Members receive 1hr session for free as part of their membership.

Sign up in your members area under products and memberships.

Register for free under the memberships tab then schedule in your new member area.

Happy Home Repairs


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Association Built For Its Members

To all Handymen,

The UHA is an association that is supposed to be for its members. Built and ran by members. I’ve been mentioning a new member only Facebook group and I feel it’s important to let you know the reason the group is important for members to join. A member is a dues paying member.
This month is our 10-year anniversary and up until now it has been mostly all me. (Flash) I’m just like you. I am a handyman. Started my business at 16. Through trial and error, I learned along the way and developed a system for success. I started the association as a way to give back to an industry that I have benefitted from. Up to date I have built everything myself to keep costs down. I built the website, member program integration, advertising, you name it I have been busy.  All while still running my handyman business. I committed to building the association as a volunteer and as of this date I have put 100% of the profits back into the association. Plus, my own money at times to pay for advertising campaigns, YouTube, background screenings, office staff, all of the regular business stuff and decisions all me.
Is the association a perfect science? No. Can I please everyone? No.
I’m reaching out because the idea of building a handyman association was never about me it was about you the members the handymen that have the same challenges and goals that we all go through together separately. Starting the member only group https://www.facebook.com/groups/106958282744598/?ref=share is a way for me to make it about the members as intended. An association member built and member run. If you want the most out of your association, get involved. Help with ideas and have input on direction. Help others with your experience. Share your challenges. Use the association as a way to build a better future for yourself, your peers and your industry.
I can’t do it alone. I hear appreciation, I hear dissatisfaction, I hear it’s great for my business, I hear I don’t see benefit. So, I’m saying get involved and take ownership and get out of the association what you put into it. Most join and do nothing to promote the association involvement for their business and expect it to magically help them. Associations and networking groups aren’t a magic pill you take and become successful. A trade association is only successful with numbers and strength. We can only make a difference together. Remember I tried myself with a group of attorneys to make changes in California. Quickly being shut down and shut out prompted the birth of the UHA.
So, you want to make a difference and build an association that represents your best interests then speak up get involved and help build, promote and be proud to be a handyman.
Pay your dues and join our member only group https://www.facebook.com/groups/106958282744598/?ref=share

Flash Shelton

UHA founder and handyman

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Working as a handyman. Contracting without a license $500 Limit? Is it a Law or Implied? Where?

According to the CSLB in the state of California an Unlicensed Contractor can perform as a Contractor on a job up to $500 without requiring a license. We are looking deeper into this because the law seems to be implied and there are many who can’t find the information, they need to properly understand their limitations. Handyman stings are popping up all over and skilled professionals trying to make an honest living are being prosecuted or forced to become a licensed contractor based on a regulation that seems to be so vague or non-existent. Maybe it exists but it is not easily found.

The facts are at the state level there is a law Code 7031a that states a license is required for any job requiring one. But it doesn’t mention the $500 limit anywhere. It does refer to the CSLB which says no particular job requires a license but implies and posts articles about a $500 rule. No actual laws or codes can be found with a mention of a $500 limit.

This being said, the fact is, there may be a law or code out there, but it is not readily available doing a simple search. Shouldn’t an individual have all the information easily found before being prosecuted for a crime that could have been prevented by simple knowledge?  All it would take is placement of an actual law, regulation or code. If one doesn’t exist, then it should be written and placed.


If you are a handyman caught in a sting then you have plausible defense based on lack of education, you are not a Contractor, you did not enter into a contract. You have the right to work and use your skills to make a living. It is the CSLB’s obligation to educate you and make any regulation searchable by anyone regardless of education. Law must be official and not implied or just simply mentioned in an article or 3rd party post.


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10 Reasons why The UHA

10 Reasons why and what you should be taking advantage of as a UHA Member.


UHA membership dues includes

  1. A searchable webpage and enrolled in our handyman referral program. Linked to your website, email and phone #. Free with no referral fee ever. 
  2. Eligible for our UHA insurance program.
  3. Access to business forms like sub-contractor agreements, w9, UHA created MyHome service forms. 
  4. Access to Business Support. 
  5. Eligible to become UHA verified.  
  6. Registers you for the UHA Certification Program and $5k fraud protection. 
  7. Discounts on other services like Business Coaching, Mediation, Collections, Web Hosting and more. 
  8. You will be part of an Association that is continuing to support and fight for the rights of the handyman. An Association setting Industry the standard to raise the expectations and credibility of the handyman and his skill.
  9. All fees paid are tax deductible. 
  10. Enrolled in the affiliate program where you will receive a 30% commission on any UHA referral, Product or service. Customers or handymen referrals included. Residual income paid annually. 

Sign up to become a handyman member Sign Up Here

Contact membership@theuha.net 

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No Business in Business

It amazes me how many people I talk to or sign up with the UHA that claim to have been in business for 10-15 years and have no actual business. No business license, no insurance, no business structure whatsoever. So, my question to you.  Is this good for our trade? Do you think that it is ok for someone to do business without the responsibility of doing business? Most cities require a business license at the minimum to practice as a business. Although it is not mandatory for a handyman to carry insurance unless you have employees. It is good practice and expected for all businesses to carry insurance. It is assumed that you have insurance, and you are required to offer the information if you don’t. Most handymen act on an if they don’t ask don’t tell policy. You say you are running an ethical business, yet you let your customers believe that you actually have a business. When in fact not having a business gives them the same rights as when they are dealing with a little girls’ lemonade stand.  So, what is the right thing to do? Should there be regulations for the handyman? Not just how much they can make or what they can do. For those of you that run a proper business without the state on you about it I applaud you and give you a big thumbs up. You are the ethical handyman business owner that I know will do what’s right since you know you can get away with something, but you have integrity. I’m happy to certify and stand behind you and appreciate you as a part of our trade. For those of you that just try to slip by undetected I hope it’s just negligence or you don’t know better and it’s not because you have something to hide that prevents you from getting a job anywhere that runs a background. I’d appreciate hearing your thoughts on this if you would like to vent also or just tell me anything you need to get off your chest.

Happy Home Repairs


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Employee vs Independent Contractor

Hello Handyman,


While running our businesses we come across many decisions that could make or break our business. One of those decisions we have to make is do we hire help or do we stay a one-man operation. Then if we decide to expand and hire help the biggest decision can be they an employee or an independent contractor. You have to make that decision for yourself based on your needs and how you want to use them. My opinion as a Handyman is to keep it simple. The IRS dictates what the difference is so as long as you are working within the guidelines then you are safe to have an independent contractor working for you without the responsibilities of an employee.  First thing and the biggest thing you avoid are the payroll taxes that can be smothering. Since they aren’t typically going to be working in your office but out in the field for your customers it will be very easy to let them decide when, where and how they work which are some of the classification requirements. So, for example, I have a scheduling system set up that each guy controls his schedule and customers can log online and request and schedule who they want. They decide how much or how little they work. How do you get paid? The customer pays you and you pay them. So, if you are charging $60 per hour and paying your independent contractors $30 per hour then there is your profit.   You can require them to carry their own insurance and maybe pay them an incentive so that you don’t have to insure them. Remember to have them list you as additionally insured though. Why don’t they just go out on their own? Some people just don’t have what it takes or the desire to deal with the customers and the business side of it. Some will try though. If you are advertising and giving them work most guys will be happy just working. On the other hand, you may decide to bring in full-fledged employees or stay solo. Look at your options and make an educated decision either way, Solo is obviously the easy way to go but you will make less money for sure and without help you won’t be building a business that can work without you. You will work longer and when you are forced to retire, I hope you had invested into that time for yourself.  I started my business at 16 yrs. old and from day one I said I was building my future, a business that will pay me later and the only way that happens is if the business doesn’t rely on me to survive. Make sure you have Insurance and listen to your customers. They will know who you should keep before you do. Always background screen them either as part of your UHA certification or on your own.

As always, I wish you luck and happy home repairs

Flash Shelton H.D.

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The Dailey Drive with Flash “Handyman”

The greatest job for a skilled craftsman is a handyman. Enough variety that it’s never a boring job. Enough reward that you go to work every day enjoying your job. The difference between hiring a contractor and a handyman sometimes is skill. The handyman in most cases is more skilled than the contractor because he is doing the work himself quite often. More involved even if he has help. The Contractor may have experience in the beginning, but the nature of the business takes him away from the day-to-day labor. If you want to deal with the guy who is doing your work, then hire the handyman. If you want to know you and your home is protected, then make sure they have a proper business license and insurance and do a background screening. You can do all that yourself or you can hire a UHA certified handyman. Everyone has their own goals and ambitions, you might be happy as a small job to job just make it handyman but if you want more for yourself and your business, respect and quality pay for quality work then get certified by the UHA and show that you have worked hard for what you have and you are worthy of being treated like the professional you are.


Are you qualified to be a certified handyman?

There are a lot of reasons a person chooses to be a handyman instead of a contractor. Sometimes it’s because they can’t be a contractor. Why do you think it should be any easier to become a certified handyman? There is a reason some people have lowered their expectations when they hire you but it’s wrong but only if you deserve the expectations of a quality certified handyman. It’s not about paying a fee. Not every handyman even qualifies or deserves to be certified. It’s not about taking a little test and paying a fee that makes you certified. You can find that easy and probably wouldn’t be hard to find someone to take your money. The contractor has to go through a process and prove experience. Pass a screening and put in the work.  If you want to be respected as a certified handyman then it should be something you have to work for. Then there is the value of the certificate. Not the money value but the return you get from the hard work. Does your certificate work for you? Who backs your certified status? Without that it means nothing. You can make the certificate at home for a couple bucks. I’ve talked to a lot of guys who signed up for an association and paid their $50 took a little test and now advertise that they are certified. But when you ask them what that means they don’t have the answer because there isn’t one. It means nothing. Yes, it was cheap, and it sounds good to say I’m a member and I’m certified. Some even have a logo that says I’m a lifetime certified member. That’s even worse. So, you can be a horrible handyman and commit fraud and all other types of bad stuff, but you are certified for life. Really?!!  The guy that took your money. Was he a handyman or a businessman? What goods are you now selling to your clients? Being certified is a privilege and who is giving it out needs to make it valuable. Stand behind the certificate to make it worth working for. Does the state do that? Well, kind of if you have a problem, they will intervene, but your money is lost. The UHA does that and more. Lower standards for the handyman! That bull s**t! The handyman is the one stop shop. One phone call saves you time and money. The handyman should have to work up to expectations but the only way the expectations go up is if you deserve them. Certify your business and deserve your customer’s respect. Are you just starting out? Then register and become a member of the UHA and tell us how we can help you.  We don’t succeed until you do.