When becoming a painting contractor in the state of Georgia, you will need to complete a few important steps in order to become a legal painting business. You must 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 painting company, along with links to more information.
- Register your painting business name with the state of Georgia.
You will need to register your painting business name with the Superior Court Clerk in your Georgia county. If you need ideas for your painting business name: Painting Company Name Ideas
- Select your business structure.
Decide on a business entity for your painting company: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/legal_entity.pdf
- Register your painting business in Georgia.
You can register your painting company with the state of Georgia here: https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/
- Business Checking Account.
You will need a business checking bank account for your painting business with your new business name.
You could choose to file your own taxes or hire an accountant. More info about taxes here: https://dor.georgia.gov/business-taxes and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
- Liability Insurance.
Acquire a liability insurance policy.
More on liability insurance: Contractor Liability Insurance
- Register as a Contractor.
Find out if you need to register as a contractor: http://ocp.ga.gov/consumer-topics/building-contractors
- Worker’s Compensation.
Talk to your insurance agency about worker’s compensation.
- Get Health Insurance.
You will need to look into health insurance options for yourself and employees.
- City License.
You may be required to obtain a license to operate your handyman business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.
You may need to apply for permits for certain painting 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. http://www.osha.gov