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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.
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. Getting Started- Here is a website that will help if you want to become a roofing contractor in Texas: Start a Business In Texas
-Register your business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: Registering a Business Name In Texas
If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business:
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.: Selecting a Business Structure In Texas
More on Business Entities: Choosing a Roofing Business Structure
-Register your business.
You can register your business with the state of Texas here: Texas Business Registration
-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:
-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.
In Texas 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. Texas roofers need to win the job and stay protected at an affordable price. Learn more >
-Register as a Contractor with the State of Texas.
While there are licensing boards offering roofing licenses, at this time, the state of Texas does NOT require roofing contractors to be licensed.
-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 Social Media.
Enter giveaways, see the best and worst of roofing, get your work featured, and more!
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
-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.
-Create a Website.
A quality website should be one of the first marketing purchases made when starting a new business. A website is one of the primary places a customer checks when researching a roofing company. A quality website will pay for itself quickly and can become a lead-generating machine.
-Set Up Social Media Accounts.
Social media is a free resource that can help promote your brand and bring in quality leads if managed correctly.