How to Start a Painting Business In Wisconsin
Here is some information on starting your own painting business in Wisconsin. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.
The state of Wisconsin has resources that will help if you want to start a business in Wisconsin: Wisconsin Business Portal
1. Register your painting business name.
Contact your county government about registering your business name.
If you need help selecting a name for your painting business: Choosing a Painting Business Name
2. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: https://www.wdfi.org/corporations/Business_Entity_Types/default.htm
3. Register your painting business.
You can get started registering your new painting business with the state of Wisconsin here: https://openforbusiness.wi.gov/
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, hire an accountant.
You may want to have an accountant do the work. More information about taxes here: https://tap.revenue.wi.gov/services/_/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
6. Get Liability Insurance.
Find out more about liability insurance here: Painting Business Liability Insurance
7. Register as a Contractor.
Check with your local government to see if you need to register as a painting contractor.
8. 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.
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.