How to Start a Cleaning Business In Maryland
To start a new cleaning business in Maryland, you will have to complete a few different steps.
Getting started– A website created by the state of Maryland on how to start a business can be found here: http://commerce.maryland.gov/start
- Register your new cleaning business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name or DBA (“Doing Business As”) here: http://www.dat.state.md.us/businesses/Pages/Maryland-Checklist-for-New-Businesses.aspx#regi
If you need help selecting a name for your cleaning business: Choosing A Cleaning Business Name
- Select your business structure.
Many small businesses are set up as sole-proprietorships. Find out more about business structure here: http://www.dat.state.md.us/businesses/Pages/Maryland-Checklist-for-New-Businesses.aspx#stru
- Register your cleaning business with the state of Maryland.
You can register your new cleaning business with the state of Maryland here: http://commerce.maryland.gov/start/the-process
- Open a business account at your bank.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your cleaning business with your new business name.
- Register your business for tax purposes and possibly hire an accountant.
If you are a small cleaning business, it may not be too difficult to file your own taxes. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://taxes.marylandtaxes.com/Business_Taxes/New_Businesses/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
- Consider liability insurance.
You may or may not need liability insurance, depending on what type of cleaning services you will offer.