How To Start A Painting Business In West Virginia


How to Start a Painting Business In West Virginia

Here are some steps on how to become a legal painting business in the state of West Virginia.

Getting started– The state of West Virginia has resources to help you start your painting business:

-Register your painting business name.

Find out more about registering a business name here: West Virginia Business Name Availability

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 here: West Virginia Business Structure

-Register your painting business.

Find out more about how register your new painting business with the state of West Virginia here: West Virginia Business Registration

-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 want 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: and

-Get Liability Insurance.

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

-Register as a Contractor.

You may need to get a contractor license as a painter.  Currently in West Virginia, work performed under $2,500.00 (materials and labor, total contract not just the work you are performing) does not require a license.  Find out more here: West Virginia Contractor License

-Worker’s Compensation.

The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help 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.

-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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