How To Start A Painting Business In Georgia

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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/

  1. Register your painting business name.

You will need to register your painting business name with the Superior Court Clerk in your Georgia county.

  1. 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

  1.  Register your painting business.

You can register your painting business with the state of Georgia here: https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/

  1. Open a Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your new painting business with your new business name.

  1. Taxes.

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

  1.  Get Liability Insurance.

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

  1.  Register as a Contractor.

Find out if you need to register as a painting contractor here: Georgia Secretary of State

  1. Worker’s Compensation.

The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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