How To Start A Roofing Business In Arkansas

How to Start a Roofing Business In Arkansas

Here is how to start your own roofing business in Arkansas.  You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.  Here are some steps you may have to take (not necessarily in order) to start your roofing company, along with links to more information.  These links may also be helpful if you want to start a siding or gutter business, or any other construction-related company.
Here are two websites from the state of Arkansas that will help if you want to start a business in Arkansas: http://www.dreamitdoitarkansas.com/ and http://www.arkansas.gov/business

1. Register your business name.

Find out more about registering your business name here: https://www.ark.org/sos/ofs/docs/index.php

If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business:  Choosing a Roofing Company Name

2. Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: https://www.sos.arkansas.gov/business-commercial-services-bcs/frequently-asked-questions-faqs/corporations-faqs

3.  Register your business.

You can get started registering your business with the state of Arkansas here: https://www.ark.org/sos/starting-a-business/index.php/home/question/1

4. Open a Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your business with your new business name.

5. Find out about taxes, 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 information about taxes here: http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .

6.  Get Liability Insurance.

Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance.  You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.  Roofers have a higher risk than other types of contractors, so insurance costs will be more for roofers than landscapers, painters, etc.

7.  Register as a Contractor.

Find out if you need to register here:  http://www.aclb.arkansas.gov/

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 do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

11. Permits.

Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of roofing jobs.

12. Building Code and Inspections.

You must be aware of building codes for your particular job, and may be subject to inspections.

13. OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.  http://www.osha.gov