How To Start A Masonry Business In Illinois

Here is some information on how to start a masonry business in Illinois. You may want to start here: How To Start A Masonry Business.  Make sure you research the laws in your area before getting started.

Getting started- The state of Illinois has a website about starting a business in Illinois here: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/smallbizassistance/beginhere/pages/stepbystepguide.aspx

-Register your masonry business name.

You need to register your business name with your county clerk’s office.

If you need help selecting a name for your masonry business:  Choosing a Business Name and Masonry Business Name Ideas

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-Choose your business structure.

Decide what structure you want for your masonry business– Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here:  https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/smallbizassistance/beginhere/pages/stepbystepguide.aspx

-Register your masonry business with Illinois.

You can register your masonry business with the state of Illinois here: http://tax.illinois.gov/Businesses/register.htm

-Open a Business Account with your Bank.how to start a masonry business in Illinois

You will need to open a separate checking account for your masonry business 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://tax.illinois.gov/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business

-Get Business Software

Business 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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-Register as a Contractor in Illinois.

You must register as a licensed contractor in the state of Illinois.  You can apply for your registration here: http://www.idfpr.com/profs/roof.asp .

-Offer Payment Options to Customers

Offering payment options with your bids will help you work with clients that don’t have all the cash up front.  Hearth’s software allows you to pre-qualify your customers (without affecting their credit score) directly from a mobile app so that you can win more business and larger project sizes, even on deductibles. With Hearth:
  • Loan amounts can range from $1,000-$100,000, and customers can get funds into their account in 1-5 days.
  • You can serve clients with credit scores as low as 500.
  • You’ll never pay per-loan dealer fees.
  • There are no minimum requirements to join!
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-Worker’s Compensation.

Check with your insurance agency about worker’s compensation.  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.

-See if you need 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.

-Don’t forget about Permits.

You may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of masonry jobs, depending on your location.

-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