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.
-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.
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.
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.
You may be required to obtain a license to do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.
Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of painting jobs.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. http://www.osha.gov