need help

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by BRENT15041, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. BRENT15041

    BRENT15041 LawnSite Member
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    im just starting up and i was wondering if i need to get a business license or just stay self-contracted out
     
  2. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
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    Every business needs one. Insurance to
     
  3. Lawn Shark prop mgmt LLC

    Lawn Shark prop mgmt LLC LawnSite Member
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    Good advise, if your going to be in business, do it right.
     
  4. BRENT15041

    BRENT15041 LawnSite Member
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    what all do i need to get to do it the right way and get more yards
     
  5. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
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    Down here it's 30 for each one. We have a maintance, design, and transportation ones. We have to go down town for it. Insurance, well you just have to call around. If you plan on doing this right I would then go to a laywer and have him inc or llc you. Then go down and file for worker comp exempt. The exempt will be needed for any comercial work period. The llc or inc will keep you from being sued in the event that you do some real damage. The insurance is needed for any comercial work period, and many resi might ask that way you dont sue them. And if you mess up more than you can pay for...
     
  6. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
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    It isn't generally recommended to incorporate or form an LLC right out of the gate. With your general liability insurance, you would be fine as a sole proprietor.
     
  7. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
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    This is correct. I should have added that. I actualy did inc till I need workers comp. Had to do that to be exempt.
     
  8. MUDFLAP

    MUDFLAP LawnSite Member
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    I pay my crews, including myself, thru a temp service, they charge 18% over and above the hourly wage, but they cover payroll tax,workers comp,unemployment, health insurance,etc. Anybody else handle their payroll this way ?
     
  9. CkLandscapingOrlando

    CkLandscapingOrlando LawnSite Senior Member
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    They cover all that out of the 18% or thats another fee?
     
  10. MUDFLAP

    MUDFLAP LawnSite Member
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    I left out a few details, i pay the tax, but they handle it,and they dont pay 100% of the healthcare, my employees have a co-pay, but they take care of the rest + i didnt mention after the employee has been with me for 960 hrs, the temp service pays them for the 5 standard holidays, and 40 hr vac each year. The first year i handled it all myself,with the help of my CPA, but i dont enjoy the paperwork aspect of the biz, and i could not offer my employees the same benefits on my own. + we all now have a 401k.
     

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