How To Become A Licensed Contractor In Nebraska

You recently decided that it’s time to embark on a new career path as a concrete contractor. However, before you can begin doing business, you will need to obtain your contractor’s license. We understand that it’s a little overwhelming to do this all on your own, but we want to help make the process a little easier. Here is everything you need to know to get started:

You Need A License And

Here’s Why

It is against the law to provide contracting services without a license. It’s really that simple. If you want to get your business up and running, then you need to apply for a license through the Nebraska Department of Labor. The state classifies a contractor as any person who “engages in the

business of construction and includes subcontractors, general contractors and any other person arranging for the performance of work on real property.”

We want to mention that there are a few exemptions to this rule. Minor handyman projects won’t require you to have a license, and neither will any projects that don’t exceed $5,000. However, most contractors will need a license to do anything. If the state finds out that your providing services without one, then you will have to pay some hefty fines.

Obtaining your contractor’s license is going to benefit you immensely. It will boost your credibility and clients will be more likely to do business with you. Here is how a state-issued license helps you:

  • Taking on higher-paying projects – A contractor’s license paves the way for greater and more profitable opportunities. You can work on projects that exceed $5,000 once you have your license, and your earning potential will increase dramatically. And we can assure you that there is plenty of work to go around in Nebraska!
  • Proving that you are credible and trustworthy – A state-issued license goes a long way in combating fraud. It’s the easiest way to establish trust with your clients and build your credibility. Also, having a license is the ultimate stamp of approval. It shows that you are a competent and capable contractor.
  • Protecting your business, employees, and clients – In the world of contracting, you must prepare yourself for all of the unknowns. Having a license will require you to possess business insurance, which includes general liability insurance and workers’ compensation if you have employees.


Business Insurance

This is usually the first step in the process. We recommend that you shop around and contact different insurance providers. Ask if they’ll offer you a free quote (most of them will) and you can begin to compare prices and plans. The state of Nebraska will ask you about your insurance plans when you apply for your license, which is why you should get a head start on this.

The ideal plan will protect you, your employees, and your business assets, like equipment and vehicles. You never know what will happen, which is why having insurance is going to benefit you immensely. It will give you peace of mind knowing that you’re covered in the event of an accident, injury, or potential property damage.

What The

State Requires

Most states do not provide a lot of details on how the licensing process works. However, Nebraska outlines the entire process on the website for the Department of Labor. While there, you can begin the process and also search for other registered contractors.

Here is the information you will need to provide the state of Nebraska when filling out your application:

  • Any relevant information as it pertains to your business, including a Federal ID Number, your business structure (partnerships, LLCs, corporations, etc.), and your trade name.
  • Information detailing all the members and subcontractors whom you plan on employing. This also includes their phone numbers.
  • Proof of general liability and workers’ compensation insurance (if you employ more than one person).
  • Your federal tax ID number.
required documents

Start Advertising

Your Business

Once you receive your license as a concrete contractor, you can immediately begin working on projects! We suggest now that you create a website for business and produce advertising materials. What you can do is feature your license number and status on your website or business card. This
will show your clients that you possess all the proper credentials to provide them with quality contracting services.

We also suggest that you advertise your insurance coverage. Your goal is to prove your reliability, and what better way of doing so than by showing your clients you can protect them from any potential liability? Customers will also appreciate it when you have workers’ compensation insurance because it shows that you are taking care of your employees.

If you are not satisfied with your current insurance coverage, then you can always search for a new provider. The state will also tell you if your plan is inadequate. furthermore, depending on your business structure, you may need to apply for a Nebraska business license. If you have any questions, we recommend that you contact the Nebraska Department of Labor.

We understand all the struggles and tedium of applying for a contractor’s license. However, we can assure you that it will be well worth it in the end. Having your license is going to ensure the success and longevity of your business.

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