How to Start a Painting Business In Oklahoma
The State of Oklahoma is a great place to start a painting business.
Getting started– The state of Oklahoma provides a few helpful websites for getting your business started: https://www.sos.ok.gov/business/infoSB.aspx and http://okcommerce.gov/business/startup/ . Here is a link to Oklahoma’s Business Start-Up Guide: http://okcommerce.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Oklahoma_Business_Startup_Guide.pdf
-Register your painting business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: https://www.sos.ok.gov/business/default.aspx
If you need help selecting a name for your painting business: Choosing a Painting Business Name
-Select your business structure.
Decide what type of business structure you want to have–Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: https://www.sos.ok.gov/corp/organization.aspx
-Register your painting business with the state.
You can register your new painting business with the state of Oklahoma here: https://www.sos.ok.gov/corp/filing.aspx
-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 and hire an accountant.
You may choose to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: https://www.ok.gov/tax/Businesses/index.html 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 in Oklahoma.
Find out if you will need to register here: http://okcommerce.gov/business/licensing/
Your insurance agent can help you with this.
-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.
-Find out if you need a license to operate in your city.
You may be required to obtain a license to operate your painting business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.