Should I or Not?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by maroj248, May 28, 2008.

  1. maroj248

    maroj248 LawnSite Member
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    Well I was reading up on michigan.gov, about licensing info, and saw that they dont require you to be licensed, if you are just servicing lawns (cutting, blowing, etc). Do you guys think its a good idea to get licensed, or would I be fine without it?
     
  2. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Spraying/fert?
     
  3. maroj248

    maroj248 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    Nope. Just cutting, edging, blowing, and trimming.
     
  4. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    Same here in Texas. No one cares really. Never been asked.
     
  5. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 912

    Florida requires it but no one enforces it! Im licensed & insured and want to noticed as a professional in my community, but the option is yours..just mt 2pennies
     
  6. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 778

    If it's not enforced I wouldn't go near it, just puts your name on a list that they can start charging fees.

    We have a bylaw here that basically states, if you clean windows and you're home based you must register with city hall (not business registry), and pay $135 a year. I think that's what it is, I'm not sure because I didn't register with them.

    Another law states that if you build a shed over 105 sq feet you need to pay for permits. So my shed will be 96 sq ft..

    The city wants money, so they figure out ways to steal it.:rolleyes:
     
  7. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    Why only 96? I'd build it up to 104 sq ft just to get my extra space and grin at em :)

    Thats too funny.
     
  8. jdmcat

    jdmcat LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Posts: 439

    you should check with the county and city as they may require you to get a license from them. If not, i wouldn't spend any more than I have to.
     
  9. maroj248

    maroj248 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 26

    Well it looks like I have to be licensed through the city, and on the form it shows a space for Federal Tax ID. Will I need to get one of those? I would think not since im not selling physical goods.
     
  10. MowHouston

    MowHouston LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,012

    Since you are solo you are considered a sole proprietor. You use your social security number in place of a federal tax id in this case.
     

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