How To Start A Painting Business In Massachusetts
Here is some information on how to register and start a painting business in the state of Massachusetts.
Getting Started- Massachusetts has a helpful web page for starting a new business here: http://www.mass.gov/hed/business/start-business/new-business-steps.html
-Register your painting business name.
You may need to register a fictitious name for your business: https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/choose-register-your-business/register-your-business-name
If you need help selecting a name for your painting business: Choosing a Painting Business Name
-Select your business structure.
Determine what business structure you wish to have for your painting business: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.: https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/choose-your-business-structure
-Register your painting business.
Register your new painting business with the state of Massachusetts Secretary of State’s Office
-Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your painting business with your new business name.
You may choose to file your own taxes, or decide to hire an accountant. More information about taxes here: http://www.mass.gov/dor/businesses/help-and-resources/starting-and-registering-a-business/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
-Get Liability Insurance.
Find out more about liability insurance here: Painting Business Liability Insurance
-Register as a Contractor with the state of Massachusetts.
Check here to see if you will need to register as a contractor with the state of Massachusetts: http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/consumer-rights-and-resources/home-improvement-contract/hic-registration/
You won’t need to worry about Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.
-Get Health Insurance.
You will be responsible for getting your own health insurance. If you have employees, you will need a plan that will include their health needs also.
You may be required to obtain a license operate your painting business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.