How To Start A Painting Business In Montana

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How to Start a Painting Business In Montana

Here are some things to consider when trying to start a painting business in the state of Montana.
Getting Started–  Montana has a web page to help you get started with your business: Montana Business Services

  1. Register your painting business name.

You may need to register a name for your painting business.  Find out more here: Register Your Business Name

If you need help selecting a name for your painting business: Choosing a Painting Business Name

  1. Select your business structure.

Determine what business structure you wish to have: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.: Montana Business Structure

  1.  Register your painting business.

You may be required to register your new painting business with your state.  Find out more here: Register Your Business

  1. Open a Business Checking Account.

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

  1. Taxes.

You may want to have an accountant do the work. More information about taxes here: https://revenue.mt.gov/home/businesses and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .

  1.  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

  1.  Register as a Contractor.

You may have to register as a contractor in Montana.  Find out more here:  http://erd.dli.mt.gov/work-comp-regulations/montana-contractor

  1. 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.

  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 to operate your painting business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

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