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.
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: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/businessstructure.shtml
-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
-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 .
-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 70,000 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.
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.
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.
-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.
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.