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    Advice about starting a business

    Yesterday I went to an accountant about starting my own HVAC business and applying for my contractor license. He informed me that I can start my business without my license, and he said that's how alot of businesses got started. Will I be making a mistake starting without my contractor license? I know my EPA doesn't stand for much, that is why I want my contractor license in my hand. The accountant was saying that my business has to build up its net worth before I can receive my license. I am looking for advice from business owners on how you got started.

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    Get an application package from your state agency or whoever grants licenses for the trade. You generally have to meet some minimum net worth and demonstrate financial responsibility. This can be based on personal statement of net worth if you don't have a business started. Get the facts from the people who will grant the license.
    Last edited by hotntired; 04-25-2008 at 12:08 PM.
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    It's all State by State. Here you wouldn't need any money but would need a license. We have all different knids from a handy man to a MM98 that can bid anything.
    As far as MS goes if you can bid w/o a license what would be the point in getting one at all?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotntired View Post
    Get an application package from your state agency or whoever grants licenses for the trade. You generally have to meet some minimum net worth and demonstrate financial responsibility. This can be based on personal statement of net worth if you don't have a business started. Get the facts from the people who will grant the license.
    Thanks for the advice. I did call the state board, and they said I can't bid for a job over $50,000 without a license. So calling them did answer my question. Thanks.

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    How are you going to get insurance without a license?
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolwhip View Post
    How are you going to get insurance without a license?
    That is a good question. I just called the insurance company for a quote for liability and workman comp. this morning. Is there more insurance that I need? I was able to get insurance in Memphis as a sub-contractor a year or so ago, but I know that is different from trying to go out on my own.

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    I would listen to your accoutant. Being in business is a learning experience. Once you are in business you will learn about business everyday you are in business. .

    It is my understanding that all you really need to start any business in a Federal ID number and a business checking account. After that all of the rulles and regulations of any particular state or municipality kick in. It is up to you to learn all of these rules and regs. But this is an on going process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GinyaM View Post
    Thanks for the advice. I did call the state board, and they said I can't bid for a job over $50,000 without a license. So calling them did answer my question. Thanks.

    In MS you don't need a state lic. for under $50,000. Most cities want you to lic. and be bonded to work. Pick the cities (Hattisburg for instance) that you will work mostly in and get a license. You don't need lic. for insurance. If you are a one man shop your accoutant is correct. Understand that area is VERY competative and most A/C people don't stay in business long....
    So, be careful and good luck!
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    Thanks for the advice. I just want to make sure I am covered in every way. I have also applied for my MS state tax number and waiting for my quote from the insurance company. After that I should be ready to go, I guess.

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