Here are some steps to take to start a masonry business in the state of Virginia. You must do your own thorough research before starting your company, as laws change regularly. You may want to start here: How To Start A Masonry Business.
Getting started– The state of Virginia provides resources for getting your masonry business started: Virginia Business One Stop
-Register your masonry business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml
-Register your masonry business.
You can register your masonry business with the state of Virginia here: https://bosapp.cyberdatainc.com/bos/
-Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your masonry business with your new business name.
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:
-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.
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.
-Register as a Contractor.
Find out more about how to register as a contractor here: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/boards/contractors/
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
-Offer Payment Options to CustomersOffering 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!
-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 masonry 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 masonry jobs.
-Building Code and Inspections.
You must be aware of building codes for particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. www.osha.com