How to Register Your Painting Business In Florida
The state of Florida has specific requirements for painting businesses. Make sure you research the regulations in the area you are planning to start your business so you can operate legally.
Here is a website to help you get started with your business in Florida: http://www.floridatrend.com/small-business
1. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.floridatrend.com/small-business
2. Choose and register your new painting business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: https://efile.sunbiz.org/ficregintro.html
If you need ideas for your painting business name: Painting Company Name Ideas
3. Register your painting business in Florida.
You can register your painting business with the state of Florida here: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/businesses/
4. Open a business checking account with your bank.
Open a bank account for your painting business with your new business name.
You may choose to file your own taxes, or get help from an accountant. More information about taxes here: http://dor.myflorida.com/dor/info_business.html and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
6. Liability insurance.
Get a liability insurance policy for your painting company.
7. You may need to register as a Contractor with the state of Florida.
You may need to register as a contractor in Florida. There is a fee to register. The registration fee must be paid every other year. There are two types of contractor licenses in Florida- Registered and Certified. Registration – The applicant has taken and passed a local competency examination and can practice only within that locale. Certification – The applicant has taken and passed an examination and can practice throughout Florida. You can find out more about applying for your registration here: http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/pro/cilb/apply/main.html .
8. Worker’s compensation.
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.
9. Health insurance.
Consider a health plan for yourself and your employees.
10. City licenses and permits.
You may be required to obtain a license to operate your painting business in a particular locale. You may need to apply for permits for certain painting jobs.
11. Building codes and inspections.
You must find out if building codes apply to your particular job, and if your work is subject to inspections.
12. You may need to follow OSHA regulations.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. http://www.osha.gov