How To Start A Masonry Business In Alabama

Here are some steps you may need to take when trying to start a masonry company in the state of Alabama.  You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.  Here are a number of items that need to be addressed (not necessarily in order) to start your masonry business, along with a few links to more information.

Alabama has a web page to help you get started with your business:http://www.madeinalabama.com/assets/2013/02/2012_Alabama_Answers.pdf

-Register your masonry business name.

You may need to register a fictitious name for your business.

If you need help selecting a name for your masonry business:  Masonry Business Name Ideas and How To Choose A Business Name

-Select your business structure.

Determine what business structure you wish to have: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.

  -Register your masonry business.

You may be required to register your masonry business with your state.

-Open a Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your masonry 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:http://revenue.alabama.gov/section-business.cfmand http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .

  -Get Liability Insurance.

Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance.  You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary. More about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance

 -Register as a Masonry Contractor.

You need to find out if your state or city requires you to register as an insured contractor.

-Worker’s Compensation.how to start a masonry business in Alabama

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.

-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.

-City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to operate your masonry business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

-Permits.

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

-Building Code and Inspections.

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

-OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.  http://www.osha.gov