How To Start A Painting Business In Ohio

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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.

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

-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.

-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.

-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.

-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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