How To Start A Roofing Business In West Virginia

How to Start a Roofing Business In West Virginia

Here are some steps on how to become a legal roofing business in the state of West Virginia.  This information will also help you start other roofing and construction-related businesses such as installing gutters and siding.
Getting started– The state of West Virginia has created a few links to help you start your business:  http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/Documents/StartingABusinessGuide.pdf and http://www.business4wv.com/b4wvpublic/default.aspx?pagename=startbusiness

-Register your business name.

Find out more about registering a business name here:  http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/business/Pages/NameAvailability.aspx

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

-Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: http://www.sos.wv.gov/business-licensing/business/Pages/businessstructure.aspx  More on Business Entities: Choosing a Roofing Business Structure

-Register your business.

Find out more about how register your business with the state of West Virginia here:  https://www.business4wv.com/b4wvpublic/default.aspx?pagename=publicuserregistration

-Open a Business Checking Account.

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

-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://tax.wv.gov/Business/Pages/Business.aspx and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business

 -Get Liability Insurance.

In West Virginia and many states, understanding the regulations and laws regarding the need for contractor liability and bonds for contractors can be tricky. Having the right coverage is crucial for all roofing contractors.

We work with ContractorsLiability.com 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.  West Virginina roofers need to win the job and stay protected at an affordable price. Learn more >

 -Register as a Contractor.

You may need to get a contractor license.  Find out more here:  https://labor.wv.gov/Licensing/Contractor_License/Pages/default.aspx

-Worker’s Compensation.

The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.

-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 do business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

-Permits.

Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of roofing jobs.

-Building Code and Inspections.

You must be aware of building codes for particular jobs, and may be subject to inspections.

-OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.  Osha Roofing Contractor Regulations Summary and http://www.osha.gov