Why start a cleaning business in Rhode Island?
Rhode Island, the Ocean State, is known for its beautiful coastline, charming historic districts, and vibrant local culture. Starting a cleaning business in Rhode Island could be a smart move. With a thriving tourism industry and a population that values cleanliness, there’s plenty of demand for reliable and professional cleaning services.
This article will provide all the essential information you need to know on how to start a home cleaning company in the state of Rhode Island, including necessary permits, training for staff, equipment needed, insurance requirements, and more. Let’s get started!
- Why start a cleaning business in Rhode Island?
- Choose a Business Structure for your Cleaning Business
- File/Register your business with Rhode Island
- Other Resources
A quick note:
The contents of this article are meant to help you grow your cleaning business, but should not be taken as legal advice. Always consult with an attorney and/or accountant to help make legal and financial decisions. If you need help finding a professional in your area, see what other cleaning business owners recommend in our ZenMaid Mastermind.
Read this guide first: How to Start a Cleaning Business
For an overview and general guide, including a checklist, to starting a cleaning business, start here: How to Start a Cleaning Business in 10 Steps.
We suggest you read that first if you haven’t already, then return to this guide to continue with the specific requirements for Rhode Island.
Choose a Business Structure for your Cleaning Business
This is an important step that cannot be skipped. Go here for more information on the different legal structures and which one to choose for your cleaning business.
Do I need a cleaning license in Rhode Island?
To clean professionally in Rhode Island, you don’t need a specific cleaning license, but you may need to obtain certain certifications or permits, depending on the types of cleaning services you offer.
Learn more about cleaning codes and cleaning certifications in this post.
Apply for an EIN (Employer Identification Number) for Rhode Island
You can apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) for your home cleaning business in the state of Rhode Island by following these steps:
- Determine if you need an EIN: An EIN is a unique nine-digit number assigned by the IRS to identify a business for tax purposes. You may need an EIN if you have employees or if your business is a partnership or corporation.
- Gather the necessary information: To apply for an EIN, you will need your legal business name and address, as well as the name and Social Security number of a principal officer.
- Apply online: The quickest and easiest way to apply for an EIN is online through the IRS’s website. You can fill out the online application form and receive your EIN immediately.
- Apply by mail or fax: You can also apply for an EIN by mail or fax by completing Form SS-4 and sending it to the IRS. This process can take several weeks.
- Apply by phone: You can also apply by phone by calling the IRS Business & Specialty Tax Line at 1-800-829-4933.
Please make sure you have all the documents ready and also check the state laws in Rhode Island as well for any additional requirements.
Here are the steps for an online application:
- Visit the IRS website at www.irs.gov/businesses and select the option to “Apply for an EIN online.”
- Complete the online application form, providing information about your business, such as the name and address of the business, the type of business entity, and the name and Social Security Number of the business owner.
- Submit the application.
- Once your application has been processed, the IRS will provide you with your EIN.
File/Register your business with Rhode Island
The state of Rhode Island requires that all businesses register with the Secretary of State.
The cost of registering a cleaning business in Rhode Island can range from $150 to $250, depending on the type of business you’re registering and other factors.
If you are filing an LLC, you will file Articles of Organization. If you are filing as a Corporation, you will file an [ie. Articles of Incorporation]. For instructions and a list of filing costs to expect, please visit the state’s online business portal.
Business License Requirements in Rhode Island
Rhode Island requires a business license for general house cleaning businesses. But as things often change, check with the state’s licensing needs when registering a new business.
Be sure to also check with your individual county, city, or local municipality. Requirements can vary and some may need a general business tax, licensing, or other filing requirements for business.
Call your local municipality office and inquire if this is required.
Get Business Insurance
For a breakdown of why you need insurance, the different kinds of insurance to consider, plus the difference between insurance and bonding, read this guide first.
It is recommended to have business insurance when starting a cleaning business in Rhode Island. Business insurance can help protect your business and personal assets in the event of a lawsuit or other legal claim. Common types of business insurance to look into for cleaning businesses include general liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and commercial property insurance.
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