How To Start A Roofing Business In South Carolina

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 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– A resource created by the state of South Carolina to help you start your business can be found here: South Carolina Business One-Stop

1. Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: South Carolina Business Structure

More on business entities here:  Choosing a Roofing Business Structure

2. Register your business name.

Find out if the business name you want is available:  South Carolina Business Name Search .

If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business:  

3. Register your business.

Find out more about how register your business with the state of South Carolina here: Business Registration

4. Open a Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your business with your new business name.

5. Taxes.

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:

6. Get Liability Insurance.

In South Carolina 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.  South Carolina roofers need to win the job and stay protected at an affordable price. Learn more >

7. Register as a Contractor.

Find out more about contractor licensing here:  South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

8. Worker’s Compensation.

You will need Worker’s Compensation if you have any employees. Find out more>

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. 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. Permits.

Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of roofing jobs.

12. Building Code and Inspections.

You must be aware of building codes for particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.

13. OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.

14. Financing.

Depending on your startup budget, you may need to apply for financing to help pay for equipment. Direct Capital offers financing for equipment for businesses*Must have a 700+ FICO score OR be in business 2 years for consideration. Find out more>

15.  Marketing.

To get your roofing business going, you may need to use multiple marketing techniques:  Roofing Marketing Ideas