How To Start A Painting Business In Illinois

How to Start a Painting Business In Illinois

Here is some information to help you become a painting contractor in the state of Illinois.  The provided links will help start a residential painting business, commercial painting business, wallpapering, decorating, staining, pressure washing, or any other type of painting-related business you may want to start.

Make sure you take time to plan before starting your painting business.  For more on starting and running a successful painting business: How to Start a Painting Business

How to Register Your Painting Business in Illinois

As laws change regularly, make sure you research your local laws before starting your painting company.
Getting started- The state of Illinois has a website about starting a business in Illinois here:

-Register your painting business name.

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

More on choosing a painting business name here: Painting Business Name Ideas and How To Choose A Business Name

-Choose a business structure.

Decide what structure you want for your new painting business– Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here:

-Register your painting business in Illinois.

You can register your painting business with the state of Illinois here:

-Open a Business Account with your Bank.

You will need to open a separate checking account for your painting business with your new business name.


Research the laws for self-employment taxes.  You may want to hire an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: and

-Get Painting Software

Painting 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

We work with because they’re the one-stop-shop for General Liability insurance and are able to get online quotes in all 50 states. Plus, their expertise means they’re fast when it comes to getting the right bond and liability coverage.  Contractors need to win the job and stay protected at an affordable price. Learn more >

More about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance

-Worker’s Compensation.

You will need Worker’s Compensation if you have any employees. Find out more>

-Register as a Contractor in Illinois.

Depending on what type of work you will be doing, you possibly will need to register as a contractor.  Check with your local municipality to see if you need to register as a licensed contractor.

-Health Insurance.

Since you will be self-employed, you will need to apply for your own health insurance plan.  If you have employees, you will need an insurance plan that covers their needs also.

-City License and Permits.

You may be required to obtain a license operate your painting business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.  You may also need to get permits depending on what type of work you will be doing.