just starting in business

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by precisionlawn, Dec 30, 2002.

  1. precisionlawn

    precisionlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 254

    Im just starting this year in the lawn care business, just the basic mow, trim edge, blow biz. to start. Im curious as the the paperwork. Not only for the customers, but legal paperwork as well. If anyone can give me info on them it would be greatly appreciated. And if you can give me any dos and donts that come with this business. Thank you
     
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    Your best bet would be to invest an hour or so with a CPA and the same with an attorney (business) preferably. You will find in the long run the money and time will be wisely invested.

    Trust me.
     
  3. bubble boy

    bubble boy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    also try the local small business office
     
  4. Barry D

    Barry D LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 44

    You will need to get a business license for your local City Hall or County office. Most CPA's will require you to have the business license.
    You will also need to get some liability insurance to cover any accidents or injurys. Most companies receive a $500,000.00 or $1,000,000.00 policy to cover these cases. This will cost at least $250.00 for the $500,000.00. Insurance will be needed if you try to get some commerical account. They require that you have a license and insurance.
     
  5. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    BarryD - on that $500,000 policy is that $250 per year?
    Thanks,
    Eric
     
  6. Barry D

    Barry D LawnSite Member
    from Georgia
    Posts: 44

    Yes, it only cost me $250.00 per year. I am using one of our local insurance agent.
     
  7. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Posts: 4,739

    Thanks Barry! :)
     
  8. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,171

    Try using a tax attorney. The one that I use seems to know tax laws better than the CPA I was using. Also anything said between you and him is in confidence (client/lawyer).
     
  9. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,847

    you are getting raped. i have 2 mil liability and 10K theft for $350/year.
     
  10. Tony Harrell

    Tony Harrell LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 739

    Jason, who is your policy with and what does the theft cover?
     

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