How to Start a Painting Business in Connecticut
Here is a list of some items you may need to address when trying to start a painting company in the state of Connecticut. These links will be helpful in registering any type of painting company, whether residential or commercial.
Getting Started- Here are a few links from the state of Connecticut to help you get started with your business: http://www.ct-clic.com/Content/Smart_Start_for_Business.aspand http://www.ct.gov/drs/lib/drs/publications/pubsip/2015/ip_2015(12).pdf
-Register your painting business name.
You may need to register a fictitious name for your painting business. http://www.ct-clic.com/FAQ/faqView.asp?categoryID=17&faqID=79
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 for your painting company: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.- https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/choose-your-business-structure
-Register your painting business.
Find out more here: http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1433&q=265880
-Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your painting business with your new business name.
You may wish to have an accountant do the work. More information about taxes here: http://www.ct.gov/drs/cwp/view.asp?a=1450&q=512014 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.
Find out if you need to register as a contractor in Connecticut here: http://www.ct.gov/dcp/cwp/view.asp?a=1629&Q=446966
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 operate your painting business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.