Here is some information on how to register and start an HVAC business in the state of Texas. HVAC services can include heating, ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration, and more. Make sure you 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 own HVAC company, along with links to more information.
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1. Register your HVAC company name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/forms_boc.shtml
2. Choose a business structure for your HVAC company in Texas.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/businessstructure.shtml
3. Register your HVAC business.
You can register your HVAC company with the state of Texas here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/forms_boc.shtml
4. Open a Business Checking Account With Your Bank.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your HVAC business with your new business name.
5. Find out about taxes, hire an accountant.
You can either choose to file your own taxes, or use an accountant to help figure out deductions and other tax laws. 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. Make sure you specify what types of jobs you plan to do as a contractor, as this can affect the pricing structure you are offered. You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.
7. Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this. You won’t need any Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.
8. Get Health Insurance.
You will need to provide health insurance for yourself and consider health insurance options for any employees you will have.
9. Licenses and Certifications.
Make sure you are properly licensed and/or certified to perform certain home improvement installations and repairs.
10. Register as a Contractor
Check with your local government to see if you need to register as a contractor.
You may be required to obtain a license to operate your HVAC 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 construction jobs.
13. 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