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How To Start A Roofing Business In Scotland

How to Start a Roofing Business In Scotland

Here is some information to help you start a roofing company in Scotland.  You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly, and may vary depending on your locale.  Here are some steps you may have to take (not necessarily in order) to start your roofing company, along with links to more information.
Getting started- Scotland has a few websites about starting a business here: https://www.mygov.scot/business/starting-business/ and http://www.bgateway.com/

-Register your business name.

Find out more about registering your roofing company name here:

https://www.gov.uk/choose-company-name

If you need help selecting a name for your roofing business:  Choosing a Roofing Company Name

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-Select your business structure.

Find out more here: https://www.mygov.scot/start-business-uk/ and  https://www.gov.uk/business-legal-structures

 -Register your business.

You can find out more about registering your roofing business with the Scotland and the UK here: https://www.mygov.scot/start-business-uk/register-your-business-in-the-uk/ and https://www.gov.uk/set-up-business-uk/register-your-business-in-the-uk

-Open a Business Account with your Bank.

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

-Find out about taxes, insurance, and fees 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:

https://www.gov.uk/what-is-the-construction-industry-scheme

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/hm-revenue-customs

-Offer Payment Options to Customers

Offering payment options with your bids will help you work with clients that don’t have all the cash up front.  Hearth’s software allows you to pre-qualify your customers (without affecting their credit score) directly from a mobile app so that you can win more business and larger project sizes, even on deductibles. With Hearth:
  • Loan amounts can range from $1,000-$100,000, and customers can get funds into their account in 1-5 days.
  • You can serve clients with credit scores as low as 500.
  • You’ll never pay per-loan dealer fees.
  • There are no minimum requirements to join!
Claim your $100 Roofer's Helper discount and get started here.

https://www.gov.uk/national-insurance/overview

 -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 may be more than for other types of construction.

-Worker’s Compensation.

The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.  You don’t need Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.

-Approvals.

Depending on the locale, you may need permission before commencing certain types of roofing jobs.

https://www.gov.uk/building-regulations-approval/when-you-need-approval