How To Start A Painting Business In Delaware

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How to Start a Painting Business in Delaware

Here is some important information on how to start a painting company in the state of Delaware.  These links will be helpful in starting a residential, commercial, or any other type of painting business.

Getting Started- The state of Delaware has a few webpages dedicated to helping you get started with your business: http://firststeps.delaware.gov/ and http://dedo.delaware.gov/

-Register your painting business name.

Find out more about business name registration by reading Step #1 here: http://firststeps.delaware.gov/get_license.shtml

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 business: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. –https://corp.delaware.gov/howtoform.shtml 

  -Register your painting business.

Find out more here: https://onestop.delaware.gov/osbrlpublic/Home.jsp

-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 have an accountant do the work. More information about taxes here:http://revenue.delaware.gov/services/BusServices.shtml and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .

  -Get Liability Insurance.

We work with Farmer Brown Insurance Agency because they’re the one-stop-shop for Painting Contractor Liability insurance and are able to get online quotes in all 50 states. Learn more >

Find out more about liability insurance here: Painting Business Liability Insurance

 -Register as a Contractor.

Find out if you need to register as a painting contractor with the state of Delaware:  http://revenue.delaware.gov/services/Business_Tax/Cont_New.shtml

-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.

-City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to operate your painting business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

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