How to Start a Roofing Business In Nebraska
There are a few steps to take to start a roofing company in the state of Nebraska.
Getting started– Nebraska has a webpage to help you get your business started: https://www.nebraska.gov/osbr/index.cgi
1. Register your business name.
Find out more about registering a business name here: http://www.sos.ne.gov/business/corp_serv/businessstartups.html
2. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.sos.ne.gov/business/corp_serv/businessstartups.html More on Business Entities: Choosing a Roofing Business Structure
3. Register your business.
You can register your business with the state of Nebraska here: https://www.nebraska.gov/osbr/index.cgi
4. Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your business with your new business name.
5. Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.
You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.revenue.nebraska.gov/business/bus_regist.html 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. You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary. Roofers have a higher risk than other types of contractors, so insurance costs will be more for roofers than landscapers, painters, etc. More about liability insurance here: Roofing Liability Insurance
7. Register as a Contractor.
You must register as a roofing contractor in the state of Nebraska. More information can be found here: https://dol.nebraska.gov/conreg
8. Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
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 do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.
Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of roofing jobs.
12. Building Code and Inspections.
You must be aware of building codes for particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.