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How to Start a Roofing Business In Ohio
There are some specific steps to starting a roofing business in Ohio. 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.
Here is a website created by the state of Ohio that will help if you want to start a business in Ohio: Ohio Business Gateway
-Register your business name in Ohio.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: Ohio Business Name Registration
If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business:
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more about business structure: Ohio Business Structure
-Register your business.
You can register your business with the state of Ohio through the Ohio Business Gateway here: Ohio Business Gateway
-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, 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:
-Register as a Contractor with the State of Ohio.
Currently, you do not need to register your roofing business with the state of Ohio, but you may need to register in your particular city.
-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
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-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
-Follow The Roofer’s Helper on Instagram.
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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