How To Start A Painting Business In Texas

How To Start A Painting Business In Texas

Here are some links and a checklist to help start a new painting business in the state of Texas.  This information will guide in the registration process for a residential painting business, commercial painting company or any other type of painting business.

How to Register Your Painting Business In Texas

Getting Started- Here is a website that will help if you want to start a business in Texas: Start a Business in Texas

-Register your new painting business name.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here:
If you need help selecting a name for your business:  Choosing a Business Name

If you need ideas for your painting business name: Painting Company Name Ideas

-Select a business structure for your painting company.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here:

-Register your new painting business.

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

-Open a Business Checking Account.

Open a separate bank account for your painting business with your new business name.


You may want to consult with an accountant.  More information about taxes here: and .

-You will need a website.

A quality website should be one of the first marketing purchases made when starting a new business.  A website is one of the primary places a customer checks when researching a painting company.

-You should set up social media accounts.

Social media is a free resource that can bring in quality leads if managed correctly.  With over 175,000 followers, The Roofer’s Helper knows a little about social media.  Contact us to help you effectively use social media to grow your painting business.

-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 with the State of Texas.

At this time, the state of Texas does NOT require painting contractors to be to start a painting business in Texas

-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.

-City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to operate your painting business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.


Depending on the locale, you may possibly need to apply for job permits.