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How to Start a Construction Company In Michigan
There are some important steps to take to start a construction business in the state of Michigan. A construction company could include building, excavation, home improvements, carpentry or any other type of commercial or residential work. You may want to start here: How To Start A Construction Company. 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 register your construction company, along with links to more information.
Getting started- The state of Michigan has a website about starting a business in Michigan here: http://www.michiganbusiness.org/start-up/business-assistance/#guidance
-Register your construction company name.
You need to register your construction business name. Check for name availability here: https://cofs.lara.state.mi.us/corpweb/CorpSearch/CorpSearch.aspx
If you need help selecting a name for your construction business: Choosing a Construction Company Name
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://sbdcmichigan.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-Guide-to-Starting-a-Business-WEB.pdf?rnd=1516040785759
-Register your construction business.
You can register your construction business with the state of Michigan here: http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,4676,7-238-43519_43521_69027_69032-155361–,00.html
-Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your construction company 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: http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
-Get Construction Software
Construction 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.
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-Get Liability Insurance
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More about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance
-Register as a Contractor.
You must register as a licensed contractor in the state of Michigan. You can find out more about getting a license here: http://www.michigan.gov/statelicensesearch/0,4671,7-180-24786_24809-81004–,00.html .
-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 operate your construction company 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 construction 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. http://www.osha.gov