How to Start a Painting Business In Virginia
There are a number of steps to take to start a painting business in the state of Virginia. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly. These links will help you start any type of residential or commercial painting business, along with other similar businesses such as pressure washing and deck staining.
Getting started- The state of Virginia provides resources for getting your business started: Virginia Business One Stop
1. Register your painting business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: Virginia Business Names
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: Virginia Business Structure
3. Register your painting business.
You can register your new painting business with the state of Virginia here: Virginia Business Registration
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. Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.
You may want to have an accountant do the work.
More info about taxes here:
6. Get Liability Insurance.
Find out more about liability insurance here: Painting Business Liability Insurance
7. Register as a Contractor.
Find out if you need to register as a painting contractor in Virginia here: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/boards/contractors/
8. Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
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.