How to Start a Painting Business In Missouri
Here is some helpful information on how to register and start a new painting business in the state of Missouri.
Getting started- The state of Missouri provides a few helpful websites for getting your business started: http://www.sos.mo.gov/business/outreach/starting_steps and http://business.mo.gov/start/index.html
1. Register your painting business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.sos.mo.gov/business/corporations/startBusiness#fictitious
If you need help selecting a name for your painting business: Choosing a Painting Business Name
2. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.sos.mo.gov/business/corporations/startBusiness#entity
3. Register your painting business.
You can find out more about registering your new painting business with the state of Missouri here: http://business.mo.gov/register/index.html
4. Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your painting business with your new business name.
5. Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.
You may want to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here:http://dor.mo.gov/business/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
6. Get Liability Insurance.
Find out more about liability insurance here: Painting Business Liability Insurance
7. You May Have to Register as a Contractor.
Check with your local government about contractor registration.
8. Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
9. 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.
10. 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.