How To Start A Roofing Business In Texas
There are a few steps to becoming a successful roofing business in Texas. You may want to start here: Starting a Roofing Business. Before you spend any money, do thorough research into all the costs that will be involved in getting started and maintaining the business. During the planning stage, you may find out you need financing to get started.
Next is REGISTERING. Below, you can see how to register your roofing company in Texas.
Last is GROWING. In order to acquire new customers and grow your business, you will need to utilize a number of marketing techniques including 15 low-cost or free ways to attract new roofing customers. You will also benefit from offering good customer service and knowing how to sell a roof job.
How to Register Your Roofing Business In Texas
It is a lot easier to start a roofing business in Texas than in other states. 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.
These links may also be helpful if you want to start a siding or gutter business, or any other construction-related company. Before you go further, have you written a business plan?
Getting Started- Here is a website that will help if you want to become a roofing contractor in Texas: https://texaswideopenforbusiness.com/start-business
1. Register your business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/forms_boc.shtml
You can get a FREE domain with web hosting purchase and check for website name availability here.
2. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/businessstructure.shtml More on Business Entities: Choosing a Roofing Business Structure
3. Register your business.
You can register your business with the state of Texas here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/forms_boc.shtml
4. Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your business with your new business name.
5. 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: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxes/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
6. 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 on liability insurance here: Roofing Liability Insurance
Register as a Contractor with the State of Texas.
At this time, the state of Texas does NOT require roofing contractors to be licensed.
8. Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this. 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. City License.
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.
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. OSHA Roofing Regulations