questions for being legit

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by tntrex, Jul 19, 2006.

  1. tntrex

    tntrex LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Posts: 23

    1. Is getting a business registered done through the city, county or state of TX?

    2. Where do I go about getting licensed to apply fertilizer?

    3. Are there specific insurance companies for coverage of accidents or can I go through the same one I have my auto insurance with?

    4. Are there any other things I should be applying for to be legit?

    5. Many of the home lots are 1 acre in my area. Any idea on price estimates for these?

    thanks, Brad
     
  2. GardnerLandscaping

    GardnerLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Usually county.

    Not required where I live. It would be funny if they started slapping cows with fines.

    There is a new law in Georgia where you can be employed by another company for insurance purposes. The result is cheaper rates. Shop around.

    Herbicide and insecticide.

    Depends on the mower. Tough to start with acre lots. You need a good mower.
     
  3. GardnerLandscaping

    GardnerLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Usually county.

    Not required where I live. It would be funny if they started slapping cows with fines.

    There is a new law in Georgia where you can be employed by another company for insurance purposes. The result is cheaper rates. Shop around.

    Herbicide and insecticide. In Georgia, December, 2006, if you lift a shovel, you'll be required to have an erosion and sediment control certificate. The big outfits never cease to make sure it is difficult for you to get started and low ball them.

    Depends on the mower. Tough to start with acre lots. You need a good mower.
     
  4. BBN

    BBN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    How much does it cost to register the name of your business? I'm sure it varies state to state but does anyone have a ballpark figure?
     
  5. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    We registered our name and filed our LLC paperwork (good advise if you own a home) for $250 or so. I think the name registration was around $50 if my memory serves right.

    Our area requires a license for chemical applications, as does most. Check with your Agricutural Dept. for more info on this.
     
  6. BBN

    BBN LawnSite Member
    Posts: 133

    I think LLC licencing in Illinois is one of the highest in the nation.
     
  7. Team-Green L&L

    Team-Green L&L LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    What is the fee? Is the fee higher than the value of ALL your personal assests? I know a guy who began a landscaping career for 1 year before losing everything due to excavating issues. The property owner sued for the error and he didn't have enough profits to cover the bill. Now the guy lives in a 1 bdrm apt. and drives an '88 Escort. At 38 yearsold, that was not his hopes and dreams.
     
  8. tntrex

    tntrex LawnSite Member
    from TX
    Posts: 23

    OK ag. extension for chemical. County for registering business and applying for LLC? Call around for liability insurance.

    I have a 42 in. LT right now. Does that help?
     
  9. GardnerLandscaping

    GardnerLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Ya, LLC formation is pretty easy and can be done online especially if you are a one man show and the state allows for 1 man LLC. LLC does need an operating agreement, which is basically just a regular agreement, if you have more than one partner. You aren't required to file anything with the state in regards to the operating agreement. The operating agreement can be written on toilet paper and signed.

    Check the state laws for the liability protections the LLC does provide. It is less than that of a regular "C" corporation but with less requirements. Registering an LLC in your state does offer you the ability to reserve your company name in the state if you should grow state-wide and want some solid protection behind a "TM" or "SM" after your company name.

    In my state, I think they still require local registration with the county for landscaping and can't be covered with a state-wide LLC. I think they allow you to work in multiple counties with a single county license. I haven't got concrete answers in regards to this yet. The agriculture commissioner's office has been very detailed and quick in their responses so far with questions I've emailed. I just haven't yet asked about this nor done the in-depth research for it. The cost is less for the county business license so just going with a county business license should be enough for me especially since it covers me for other counties.

    Ask the SBA in your state in regards to the requirements. Requirements vary with each state and local government.
     
  10. GardnerLandscaping

    GardnerLandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    EDITED:

    LLC formation is pretty easy and can be done online especially if you are a one man show and the state allows for 1 man LLC. LLC does need an operating agreement, which is basically just a regular agreement, if you have more than one partner, but you don't have to file the operating agreement.

    Check the state laws for the liability protections it does provide. Registering an LLC in your state does offer you the ability to reserve your company name in the state if you should grow state-wide and want some protection behind a "TM" or "SM" after your company name. It has less liability protections than a "C" corporation, thus LIMITED liability corporation, from what I remember when I set up an LLC, but it does offer pass-through taxation rather than the double taxation of the "C" corporation. There are also less filing requirements for the LLC.

    In my state, I think they still require local registration with the county for landscaping and can't be covered with a state-wide LLC. I think they allow you to work in multiple counties with a single county license. I haven't got concrete answers in regards to this yet since I haven't asked nor done research. Local business license is usually cheaper than the filing fee for an LLC.

    The state agriculture commissioner's office has been very detailed and quick in their responses so far with questions I've emailed. The local SBA might be another good source.
     

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