How To Start A Painting Business In Alaska

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How to Start a Painting Business in Alaska

Here is a list of some items you may need to address when trying to start a painting business in the state of Alaska:

Getting Started- The state of Alaska has created a few links to help you get started with your business: http://alaska.gov/businesshome.html and https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/EstablishingABusiness.pdf

-Register your painting business name.

Find out more about business name registration here:  https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/Corporations/ReservingRegisteringBusinessName.aspx

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: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Read Chapter 2 on business structures here:  https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/Portals/5/pub/EstablishingABusiness.pdf

  -Register your painting business.

You will need a business license to operate a painting business in Alaska: https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/BusinessLicensing/BusinessLicensingFormsFees.aspx

-Open a Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your painting business with your new business name.

-Find out about taxes, hire an accountant.

You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More information about taxes here:http://www.tax.alaska.gov/ 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.

Depending on what type of work you plan to do, you may need to register with the state of Alaska.  Find out more here:  https://www.commerce.alaska.gov/web/cbpl/ProfessionalLicensing/ConstructionContractors/InitialApplications.aspx

-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.

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