How to Start a Painting Business In Louisiana
To start your painting business in Louisiana, you will have to complete a few different steps.
Getting started– A few websites created by the state of Louisiana on how to start a business can be found here: http://www.opportunitylouisiana.com/small-business/start-a-business and https://geauxbiz.sos.la.gov/
- Register your painting business name.
Find out more about name registration here: https://geauxbiz.sos.la.gov/static/2
If you need help selecting a name for your painting business: Choosing a Painting Business Name
- Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here:http://www.sos.la.gov/BusinessServices/StartABusiness/Pages/default.aspx
- Register your painting business with the state of Louisiana.
You can register your new painting business with the state of Louisiana here: https://geauxbiz.sos.la.gov/Home
- Open a business account at your bank.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your painting business with your new business name.
- Register your business for tax purposes and hire an accountant.
If you are a small company, it is not too difficult to file your own taxes. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.revenue.louisiana.gov/Businesses 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 here: http://www.lslbc.louisiana.gov/contractors/contractor-license-law/
- Get worker’s compensation if you have employees.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
- Get 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.