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Old 07-10-2003, 01:02 AM
Hatfield Hatfield is offline
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New to the Biz,advice needed.

Hello folks,Im new to this forum and and been in the lawn care /landscape business for a couple years working for different companies in Southeast Louisiana.Ive recently purchased the basics to get a lawn care service started,mowing,edging,trimming, and general cleanup ect...Im sure this will be a part time gig for a while until my business builds but my question is should I try to get a business license first as soon as i come up with a good name ...then advertise,mainly flyers etc...Or wait to get the business off its feet ,then go about the license,insurance and such.Ive been told I may not even need a license until Im makin the big bucks but Id probably want to have a proffesional name and bank account to cash checks with.Any advice would be great..By the way cool site.Thanks!Hatfield
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Old 07-10-2003, 05:37 PM
Hatfield Hatfield is offline
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Well maybe someone could tell me what kinds of fines one could get from working without a license ,Ive been told Itll cost $200 bucks form one source to be legit and licensed and another source told me its not really enforced (both at city hall).$200 is a lot of money to me right now and am just trying to make the best decision so I can go out and make this business happen.Once again Thanks for the great site.
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Old 07-10-2003, 06:14 PM
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Lombardi Lombardi is offline
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Get liability insurance first. Then check your local city hall for license requirements. If you want to be a professional you need to be properly licensed and insured. Get a company name and separate business bank account. Start advertising with a weekly, small ad to get your name out. Above all, charge professional prices and give professional results. Then your referral business will take off. You also need to have operating capital. If you don't have any now, start saving before you start the business. Most LCO's bill every 2-4 weeks, so you need to have savings to get by during this time. Good luck.
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Old 07-12-2003, 03:31 AM
Rustic Goat Rustic Goat is offline
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You think $200. is a lot?
It gets enforced when they want to.
This state, they go back three years and start fining from there, and your books better be perfect.
Invest in a good CPA for sound business financial advice.
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