How To Start A Woodworking Business In Colorado

How to Start a Woodworking Business In Colorado

Here is a list of some items you may need to address when trying to start your own woodworking business in the state of Colorado.  You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.  This information will help with legally starting any type of woodworking business (woodturning, woodcarving, furniture, crafts, chainsaw art, wood pallets, etc.)  If you plan to have employees, you will need further planning in order to meet government employment regulations.

Getting started- The state of Colorado provides a few helpful websites for getting your business started:

1. Register your business name.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: Colorado Legal Structure and Registration

2. Select your business structure.

Determine what business structure you wish to have. A small business is usually a sole-proprietorship or LLC.

2. Register your business.

You can find out more about registering your business with the state of Colorado here: Colorado Legal Structure and Registration

4. Open a Business Checking Account.

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

5. 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:

6.  Get Liability Insurance.

Depending on what type of work you will be doing, and where your shop will be located, you may want to consider liability insurance.

7.  Register as a Contractor.

Check with your local government about contractor registration.

8. Worker’s Compensation.

You will need Worker’s Compensation if you have any employees. Find out more>

9. 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.

10. City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to operate a woodworking business in your area.

11. Marketing.

Depending on what type of woodworking you will be doing, you will want to explore marketing options such as a website, social media, business cards, etc.