How to Start a Painting Business In Georgia
If you want to start a painting business in the state of Georgia, you will need to complete a few important steps in order to become a legal company. Here are some steps you may have to take (not necessarily in order) to start your painting business, along with registration links.
Getting started- Two websites Georgia has created about how to start a business can be found here: http://www.georgia.org/small-business/start/ and http://www.georgiasbdc.org/startsmart/
- Register your painting business name.
You will need to register your painting business name with the Superior Court Clerk in your Georgia county.
- Select a business structure for your painting business.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/legal_entity.pdf
- Register your painting business.
You can register your painting business with the state of Georgia here: https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/
- Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your new painting business with your new business name.
You may want to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: https://dor.georgia.gov/business-taxes 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 painting contractor here: Georgia Secretary of State
- Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
- 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 operate your painting business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.