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How many of you run your business out of your house?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by CTS Lawn & Landscape, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,517

    Solo op from the house here. However If I had a few more trucks and trailers as well as employes I might have to look at getting a shop just for logistics sake. I dont plan on growing out of my pole barn and corner in the house..lol
     
  2. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    I do and will continue to run my business out if my home despite the restrictions my city has.

    my neighbors have never seemed to mind. but then again I only have 1 truck and 2 trailers. the trailer not in regular use is kept in the back alley.

    should I ever have employees they will park in the public street in my neighborhood.

    as far as neighborhood rules about lettered vehicles. my neighborhood doesn't have a rule and I refuse to live in one that would have that rule. not to mention currently nothing is lettered in the first place.

    I'd like to have a shop with enought property to store a small amount of debris saving me some trips to the compost site. but when your talking about paying money for a shop or free at home, free at home wins.
     
  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    The last thing you want to do is start running your business out of your home and then get a cease & desist order and have to scramble to find a place to run out of. I run my small family business out of the house (plus garage and shed), but I'm in a small town and over 500 feet back from the road on 34 acres. The equipment I use for the business is pretty much the same as I would need to maintain my property anyway. In fact that's how my business got started...I pretty much had everything I needed already except for the trailers.
     
  4. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,223

    I run mine from my house, but i get away with it because my house zoned commercial, Which is nice because i have alot of equipment sitting in my yard and no one can bother me.
     
  5. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    well considering my neighbors don't mind I think I'll be ok.

    also I would need is a place to store 2 trailers and a po box address for checks to come to. not really a scramble if you ask me.

    now outfits with employees, multipul trucks and trailers would be a different story. but if I ever expanded to more than one truck of course I would find a place away from home because I don't want all that stuff sitting around my property.
     
  6. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Posts: 7,828

    No problems here except that I have run out of room in the double garage:cry:
     
  7. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,259

    This is one of those 3rd rail topics that most will avoid. If you have permits to do it then your good but if not its a touchy subject. Not as bad as who works for cash and doesn't report it but its up there on the list of do not talk abouts on lawnsite.
     
  8. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,051

    Makes sense.

    You'd probably have to be completely non-legit/illegal if you are running a business from home without the proper permits. (where required)

    When I was starting up, I didn't know what order to do things. I applied for my fictitious name with the state before I submitted my application for a home based business from my municipaality. Shortly after registering my name with the state I received a letter from my municipality explaining that they had been made aware of my business (I guess they check state records) and that if I did not apply and get approved to run said business from my home, I would need to cease operations.

    I'd imagine for every legit business, there are a hundred that are not.
     
  9. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,464

    why is it not talked about???

    I've got nothing to hide. there are plenty of people in my neck of the woods who know I work out of my house. in fact there are a couple of law enforcers I've come across who know I work out of my house.

    in my neck of the woods if the neighbors aren't complaining they look the other way.

    as for who works for cash and doesn't report it. well yeah that's not something you disclose because there will be some jerk who will drop your name to someone and next thing you know your being checked out. even if most of your earnings are by checks and reported.
     
  10. Rick13

    Rick13 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    I run out of my house.

    I use two sides of the three car garage, rent from a storage place to switch between trailers (dump & landscape trailer... because you can't leave a trailer unhooked in your driveway here).

    The storage place is only $45.00 a month and you can get into the gated area 24 hrs a day with your code....plus it's only 5 blocks away.

    I always have one of the trailers hooked up to the truck that's parked on the side of the third car garage....and that helps me with my loading and unloading times too.

    Some day I'll have a pole barn so I can store everything in one place!!!
     

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