I have been doing small side jobs such as mowing and pruning for awhile now and have begun to seriously examine going into business for myself. My friend and I have also considered a partnership. I do not have much start up money or equipment. My main concern is with being legit as I build up clientele and re-invest some of my profit into the operation. After some research, i seem to be at an impasse. It appears that, in Washington state at least, in order to apply for and receive a business license for landscaping, I am required to have a $6,000 bond. Does anyone know if, in fact, this is true? If so, is there any legal way around it?