How To Start A Painting Business In Alabama

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How To Start A Painting Business In Alabama

Here is some information on how to start a painting business in the state of Alabama.  Whether you are starting a residential painting business, a commercial painting company, or plan to do both, the links below will help you register your new painting business.

 Alabama has a web page to help you get started with your business: http://www.madeinalabama.com/assets/2013/02/2012_Alabama_Answers.pdf

-Register your painting business name.

You may need to register a fictitious name for your business.

If you need help selecting a name for your painting business:  Choosing a Painting Business Name

-Choose a business structure for your painting company.

Determine what business structure you wish to have: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Many small contractors start as sole-proprietors.

 -Register your painting business.

You may be required to register your business with your state.

-Open a Business Checking Account.

Check with your bank about opening a new account for your business with your new painting business name.

-Register for Filing Taxes.

You may want to hire an accountant to do the work. More information about taxes here: http://revenue.alabama.gov/section-business.cfm and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .

  -Get Liability Insurance.

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Find out more about liability insurance here: Painting Business Liability Insurance

 -Register as a Contractor.

You need to find out if your state or city requires you to register as an insured contractor.

-Worker’s Compensation.

The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.  You don’t need Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.

-Get Health Insurance.

Since you will be self-employed, you will need your own health insurance.  If you have employees, you will need a plan that will include their health needs also.

-City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

-Permits.

Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of painting jobs.

-OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.  http://www.osha.gov

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