How to Start a Painting Business In Arizona
You must complete certain steps in order to start a new painting business in Arizona. These links will be helpful for registering a residential painting business, commercial painting company or any other type of painting business.
Getting started– The official website about how to start a business in Arizona is found here: Arizona Business Startup Checklist
One of the first things you will need to do is register your painting business name in Arizona.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name or DBA (“Doing Business As”) here: https://www.azsos.gov/business/trade-names-and-trademarks
If you need help selecting a name for your painting business: Choosing A Painting Business Name
Before registering your painting business, you will need to select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.azcommerce.com/media/125156/AZEE2013chptr4.pdf
You will need to register your painting business with the state of Arizona.
You can register your new painting business with the state of Arizona here: Arizona Business License
You will need to open a business account at your bank.
You will need to open a new checking account for your painting business with your new business name.
You will need to register your painting business for tax purposes and may want to hire an accountant.
You may want to hire an accountant to do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.azdor.gov/Business.aspx and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
You will need to get some form of liability insurance.
Find out more about liability insurance here: Painting Business Liability Insurance
You will need to register as a contractor with the state of Arizona.
You must apply for a contractor’s license to become a painting contractor in Arizona. Find out more about registration here: Arizona Contractor Registration .
You may need worker’s compensation if you have employees.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
You will be responsible for your own 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 are responsible to obtain any necessary city licenses or permits.
You may be required to obtain a license and/or permit to do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.
You may be subject to OSHA regulations.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. http://www.osha.gov