Hello, all! I am looking into starting a business. I LOVE doing outdoor work (especially mowing and landscaping). I'll try to make this as simple as possible... I'm 19 years old and I am basically a college drop out (I could go back if I ever need to, but honestly, I think I am smart enough and have the street smarts and know-how to be very successful without wasting 5 years and alot of money in college only to get a degree in something I wouldn't want to do anyway). I work full time at Lowe's (This might come in handy) and I just bought a house with a nice big garage and 5 acres. I have created a business name and logo and a plan: First off, I want to run a VERY clean, organized and professional business. Not some **** redneck business that is very unprofessional and junky. I started out thinking that I would take my business cards around to every local business that I could think of and talk to management about putting bids in on mowing, landscaping, pressure washing, ect. I would like to be able to mow residential and commercial areas. Maybe this is a bad idea, but I also want to landscape, build miniature ponds, decks, and pressure wash. I thought business would be slow (Meaning I get a job every now and then) so I thought I should present the fact that my company does everything listed above. Now I am starting to think I should focus on only one task at a time until the business actually starts rolling. Am I right in thinking this, or should I really try to do everything? Anyhow, I think it may be too late in the season already for me to even try to go anywhere and place bids on mowing jobs. I think I will have to focus on landscaping and deck/pond building for the rest of the summer. I have a shitload of professional business cards and flyers on the way right now. I am going to use these to get the word out about my business. Word of mouth travels I think. I will also be having an ad in out local newspaper. This runs about $3 per day. I have a Ford Ranger pickup truck and a 10 foot trailer to haul with. I realize this is not optimal equipment to use, but I am too cheap to go out and buy a new truck and trailer because I don't want to lose my ass if this business somehow fails. I want to take slow, but very sturdy steps to make this business work and grow. I am considering getting an F250 so I can also plow snow in the winter. Anyhow, I am stuck at this point. Where do I need to go to get a business liscence? How much is this license? Who can you get to insure your company? What insurance companies do this? It can't be State Farm or Geico or any of the auto insurer's is it? How do I get set up to pay taxes on the revenue my company brings in? All of this intricate behind the scenes business stuff is where I am lost. Can anyone help a young guy out and give me some pointers as to where to start and what steps to take. Like I said, I don't want to jump in over my head, but I do want to get a nice rolling start and eventually make this a full time big operation to have crews mowing yards, building ponds, landscaping, ect... Thanks for all your help.