How to Start a Painting Business In Ohio
There are some specific steps to starting a painting business in Ohio. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.
Here is a website created by the state of Ohio that will help if you want to start a business in Ohio: Ohio Business Gateway
-Register your painting business name in Ohio.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.tax.ohio.gov/taxeducation/starting_a_business_step_2.aspx
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 about business structure: Ohio Business Structure
-Register your painting business.
You can register your new painting business with the state of Ohio through the Ohio Business Gateway here: https://ohiobusinessgateway.ohio.gov
-Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your painting business with your new business name.
-Find out about taxes, hire an accountant.
You may want to have an accountant do the work. More information about taxes here: http://www.tax.ohio.gov/Business.aspx 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 with the State of Ohio.
Currently, you do not need to register as a painting contractor with the state of Ohio, but you may need to register in your particular city.
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.
-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.
You may be required to obtain a license to operate your painting business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.