How to Start a Roofing Business In Illinois
There are a few different steps to becoming a successful roofing business. The first is PLANNING. Before you spend a dime, do thorough research into all the costs that will be involved in getting started and maintaining the business. This includes researching tools and other equipment costs, along with liability and health insurance. Next is REGISTERING. Below, you will find some information and links to help you register your roofing company in the state of Illinois. Last is GROWING. In order to grow your business, you will need to use a number of marketing techniques along with other crucial business practices such as customer service and sales.
How to Register Your Roofing Business in Illinois
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: https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/BeginHere/Pages/StepByStepGuide.aspx
1. Register your business name.
You need to register your business name with your county clerk’s office. Here is a link to county clerk offices in Illinois: http://www.idph.state.il.us/vitalrecords/Pages/countylisting.htm
If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business: Choosing a Roofing Company Name
2. Choose your business structure.
Decide what structure you want for your roofing business– Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: https://www.illinois.gov/dceo/SmallBizAssistance/BeginHere/Pages/StepByStepGuide.aspx
3. Register your business with Illinois.
You can register your business with the state of Illinois here: http://tax.illinois.gov/Businesses/register.htm
4. Open a Business Account with your Bank.
You will need to open a separate checking account for your business with your new business name.
5. 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: http://tax.illinois.gov/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
6. Get Liability Insurance.
Not all insurance companies offer liability insurance. You may also want to check with numerous insurance companies, as prices and options can vary. Because of the higher risk, roofers tend to pay more for insurance than other contractors.
7. Register as a Contractor in Illinois.
You must register as a licensed contractor in the state of Illinois. You can apply for your registration here: http://www.idfpr.com/profs/roof.asp .
8. Worker’s Compensation.
Check with your insurance agency about worker’s compensation. 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. See if you need 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. Don’t forget about Permits.
You may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of roofing jobs, depending on your location.
12. 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. http://www.osha.gov