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How to Start a Roofing Business In Illinois
There are a few different steps to becoming a successful roofing business. You may want to start here: Starting a Roofing Business.
Make sure you research the laws in your area before starting your roofing company.
Getting started- The state of Illinois has a website about starting a business in Illinois here: Illinois Business Startup Guide
-Register your business name.
You need to register your business name with your county clerk’s office.
If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business:
-Choose your business structure.
Decide what structure you want for your roofing business– Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: Illinois Business Startup Guide
-Register your business with Illinois.
You can register your business with the state of Illinois here: Illinois Business Registration
-Open a Business Account with your Bank.
You will need to open a separate checking 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 Liability Insurance.
In Illinois 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.
-Get Roofing Software
Roofing software will streamline your business before you even start, giving you visibility and control over all your leads, sales, jobs, and tasks from a single program to get your company on the fast track toward growth.
You’ll also be able to create estimates, place material orders, automate the boring (but necessary) stuff, empowering you and your team to finish jobs on time and on budget. Try JobNimbus for Free!
-Get Liability Insurance
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. Roofers need to win the job and stay protected at an affordable price. Learn more >
-Create Your Brand
You may want to choose a logo, company slogan, and other visuals you can use with your marketing materials that will show customers what you are about.
-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
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You may be required to obtain a license to do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.
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 your particular job, and may be subject to inspections.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.
Depending on your startup budget, you may need to apply for financing to help pay for equipment.
To get your roofing business going, you will need to use multiple marketing techniques that work best with your location and the services you offer: Roofing Marketing Ideas