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.
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
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.