THE ROOFER'S HELPER QUICK LINKS
When starting a roofing business in the state of Georgia, you will need to complete a few important steps in order to become a legal business. You may want to start here: Starting a Roofing Business. 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. Getting started- Here is a helpful website on how to start a business in Georgia: Start My Small Business
-Register your business name.You will need to register your business name with the Superior Court Clerk in your Georgia county. If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business:
-Select your business structure.Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: Georgia Legal Entities
-Register your business.You can register your business with the state of Georgia here: Georgia Business Registration
-Open a Business Checking Account.You will need to open a separate bank account for your 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:
-Get Roofing Software
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-Get Liability Insurance.In Georgia and many states, understanding the regulations and laws regarding the need for contractor liability and bonds for contractors can be tricky. Having the right coverage is crucial for all roofing contractors. We work with ContractorsLiability.com because they’re the one-stop-shop for General Liability insurance and are able to get online quotes in all 50 states. Plus, their expertise means they’re fast when it comes to getting the right bond and liability coverage. Georgia roofers need to win the job and stay protected at an affordable price. Learn more >
-Register as a Contractor.Currently, roofers do not need to apply for a contractor’s license to become a roofing contractor in Georgia. Find out more here: Georgia Consumer Protection Unit
-Worker’s Compensation.You will need Worker’s Compensation if you have any employees. Find out more>
-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.
-Get Roofing Training.Get training and certifications in certain roofing applications to provide higher quality work and better serve your customers: Roofing Training
-Follow The Roofer’s Helper on Instagram.Enter giveaways, see the best and worst of roofing, get your work featured, and more! Follow the #1 roofing account on Instagram!
-City License.You may be required to obtain a license to do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.
-Permits.Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of roofing jobs.
-Building Code and Inspections.You must be aware of building codes for particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.
Depending on your startup budget, you may need to apply for financing to help pay for equipment.