Hi all, I'm 18 years old. I have had a small landscaping business throughout high school. Last year I got my first employee, my friend's younger brother (16). I have always only had a few (2-4) steady customers, with 1 or 2 that go away on vacation for a month or two. This upcoming year, I am trying to expand. I know I have 5 steady customers now, and would like to have at least 5 more by spring (lots here are pretty big, 1-2 acres). Anyway, I need to make my business "legit." I have never paid taxes, been insured, etc. What should I do, especially considering I have an employee? Also, my equipment now is a 2001 F350 powerstroke, a 6x10 trailer I sort of share with my neighbor for my 2 non-walkable customers, a 48" Bobcat gear drive walkbehind, an ancient Shindaiwa backpack blower, and a 1 year old Stihl Trimmer. I plan to limit my investment this year to $2000 (what I think I can recoup with 5 new customers) for a used tandem axle trailer and another walk behind (used). Right now, I charge $40 an acre, plus leaf surcharge in the fall ($10 an acre). I do some mulching. I can fit 2 yds in my truck bed (short bed). Does all this seem reasonable? And about the taxes, insurance? Incorporate? LLC? I'm lost. Thank you, sorry for the long post.