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Old 09-11-2010, 11:41 PM
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NJ Landscaping business requirements

I've been in this industry for 10yrs and Im now definitely at the point of starting my own co. I know how to operate the business being that Ive been a Forman, haha in most cases a friggin second owner in a couple different companies (I've moved a few times). I know a lot about planting, pruning, trimming and lawn cutting. My only question is what do I reeeallly need to be a ligit
company in NJ? The work, equipment and experience I have covered but it's the liscences, insurances, and that type of stuff that I'm not too clear on. I don't get lots of straight answers from people Ive spoken with in the area. I don't spray chemicals and I don't do permanent landscape construction. For now I'm focusing on what I've mastered... Cleanup,mulch,cut,plant,trim,cut,plant,trim,cut,cleanup,cleanup. Haha good breakdown of a basic lawn contract. So what do I absolutely need? Do I need to be certified? How do get all set up to pay taxes?I know I need insurance, what kind? Is there a required liscence in NJ? The small guys Ive worked for only had insurance and truck tags for the towns they worked in. And the big guys I've worked for don't like to talk shop too much. I'm tired of doing work I don't agree with and I'm tired of seeing work being done by the "scum" as you call them here. Basically I want to have my mind focused on work and building business, not on getting in trouble for a lack of credentials I didn't even know about. So help another mown brotha out!
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Old 09-12-2010, 12:48 AM
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You'll need liability insurance (which in some cases wont cover snow removal/plowing, that's seperate), a business license, if you do ANYTHING besides mowing & trimming you need a contractors lic even if you're only planting some flowers. Any fert/chemicals applicators lic which isn't very easy in the great state of Jersey As far as paying taxes, collecting sales tax etc thats what accounts are for, talk to a good one and you won't have to worry. A lawyer will help you get registered with the state, you'll also need (at least in most places) a town permit to service any properties in that municipality. Waste hauler permits, commercial tags, the list goes on and on. New Jersey's one of the the most "strict" states in the country, and when I say strict I mean money hungry.
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