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: https://texaswideopenforbusiness.com/start-business
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1. Register your new painting business name.
If you need ideas for your painting business name: Painting Company Name Ideas
2. Select a business structure for your painting company.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/businessstructure.shtml
3. Register your new painting business.
You can register your painting business with the state of Texas here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/forms_boc.shtml
4. 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: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxes/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .
6. Get Liability Insurance.
Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance for contractors. You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary. More on liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance
Register as a Contractor with the State of Texas.
At this time, the state of Texas does NOT require painting contractors to be licensed.
8. Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your contractor’s liability insurance should be able to help with this. You don’t need Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.
9. 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.
10. 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.