How to Start a Roofing Business In South Carolina
There are a number of steps to become a legal roofing business in the state of South Carolina. 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– Two websites created by the state of South Carolina to help you start your business can be found here: http://www.sc.gov/business/Pages/STARTINGABUSINESS.aspx and https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Business-Resources
-Register your business name.
Find out more about registering a business name at STEP 2 at this link: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/User%20Identification%20of%20Appropriate%20Filing.pdf .
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/Business_Structures.pdf More on Business Entities: Choosing a Roofing Business Structure
-Register your business.
Find out more about how register your business with the state of South Carolina here: http://www.sos.sc.gov/Business_Opportunities
-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: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/IRS_Link_Index_-_Critical_IRS_Information.pdf and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
-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. More about liability insurance here: Roofing Liability Insurance
-Register as a Contractor.
Find out more about contractor licensing here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/General_Business_License.pdf .
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
-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.
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 particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. Osha Roofing Contractor Regulations Summary