How to Start a Cleaning Business In South Carolina
There are a number of steps to become a legal cleaning business (part or full-time) in the state of South Carolina. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.
Getting started– Two websites created by the state of South Carolina to help you start your business can be found here: http://www.sc.gov/business/Pages/STARTINGABUSINESS.aspx and https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Business-Resources
-Register your cleaning business name.
Find out more about registering a business name at STEP 2 at this link: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/User%20Identification%20of%20Appropriate%20Filing.pdf .
If you need help selecting a name for your cleaning business: Choosing a Cleaning Business Name
-Select a business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/Business_Structures.pdf
-Register your cleaning business.
Find out more about how register your new cleaning business with the state of South Carolina here: http://www.sos.sc.gov/Business_Opportunities
-Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your cleaning business with your new business name.
-Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.
You may want to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/IRS_Link_Index_-_Critical_IRS_Information.pdf and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
-Get Liability Insurance.
Depending on what type of cleaning services you plan to offer, you may want to consider liability insurance.