How To Start A Painting Business In New Hampshire

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How to Start a Painting Business In New Hampshire

Here is how to start your own painting business in New Hampshire.
Here is a resource from the state of New Hampshire that will help you get your painting business started: New Hampshire Business QuickStart

1. Register your painting business name.

Find out more about registering your painting business name here: NH Business Name Lookup

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

2. Select a business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: Business Structure

3.  Register your painting business.

You can find out more about registering your new painting business with the state of New Hampshire here: New Hampshire Business QuickStart

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. Taxes.

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

6.  Get Liability Insurance.

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

7.  Register as a Contractor.

Currently, New Hampshire does not require painters to register.

8. 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.

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.

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