Being a contractor is a great gig. I mean, what other job lets you learn new tools, meet people, and work a flexible schedule? Very few.
If you love construction or handyman work, I’m here to help you get your contractor’s license in Mississippi. There’s a lot of information on the web, and it can be pretty confusing. This guide will help you get through the steps, quickly and easily.
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I’m not a fan of paperwork. Who is? And getting your license requires filling out a lot of paperwork. So you might be wondering, is it worth the effort?
Trust me, it is.
In Mississippi, you can earn much more if you’re a licensed contractor. A license opens the doors to commercial and residential projects that are worth over \$50,000 in value. Say goodbye to small jobs and hello to big contracting work—and big bucks.
Plus, a license:
Does a license sound like a good idea yet? I hope so. Now, let’s talk about how the process works.
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Remember, not everyone needs to get licensed with the state. You only need a license if you work on:
If you work on smaller jobs, like handyman projects, you don’t need a license at the state level. You also don’t need a license if you do electrical, plumbing, or HVAC work that is less than \$10,000.
That being said, many cities and towns in Mississippi require you to get a local license. Call your local municipal department to ask first. You don’t want a hefty fine.
Then decide if you’re applying for a commercial or residential license. Remember, the two licenses let you work on different types of projects. To apply for either license, you’ll need:
Possibly, but it depends on your line of work and where you live. For example, if you’re an electrician or plumber, you’ll want to ask your local municipal department about licensing. Each city and town in Mississippi handles it a little differently.
If you’re a general contractor, it makes sense to call your city or town too. Make sure they don’t have special requirements before you can work.
Once you complete the application form and gather materials, it’s time to take the licensing exam. The state requires that you take a Law and Business Management exam as well as your trade exam.
Once the state receives your application, they’ll send you the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin and exam registration instructions. It’s as easy as that.
Time to start studying!
Even if you don’t get your license, explore buying business insurance. In the construction industry, you never know what can happen. Just imagine if there was an accident or injury, or if something happened to your equipment.
Be prepared by getting a general liability insurance plan and workers compensation if you have employees. Your business and its employees are worth it. Make sure you’re prepared.
I earned a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin at Madison (go Bucky). After realizing my first job might involve carrying a police scanner at 2 am in pursuit of “newsworthy” crimes, I decided I was better suited for freelance blogging and marketing writing. Since 2010, I’ve owned my freelance writing business, EST Creative. When I’m not penning, doodling ideas, or chatting with clients, you’ll find me hiking with my husband, baby boy, and 2 mischievous mutts.
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