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Solo full time start up in Ga. with a few questions!!

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by FinishingTouch, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. FinishingTouch

    FinishingTouch LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    I am looking to go from a part ime side gig to a full time business next year. I already have most of my equipment with the exceptions of upgrading a couple of handheld pieces in the spring. My insurance is already in line also.

    Where I have the questions is concerning LLC vs. DBA. I know many people believe in the protection of the LLC, however, myself being the "employee" doing the work I can still be sued for any and all damages that I induce. That is where the questions begin.

    1.) Is the investment of an LLC truly worth the little protection you have as a solo operator?

    2.) What are the gains, if any, from a financial status of the LLC? (Taxes, etc.)

    3.) Does being an LLC aid in securing more work? Are customers more comfortable doing business with an LLC vs. DBA?

    Thanks in advance!!
  2. 360lawncare

    360lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 962

    You will find most customers could care less if you are a llc or not they just want the best work for the best price that is about it!
  3. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,439

    If you search the archives, you'll find this is an oft-asked question. You'll also notice that you'll get almost as many different opinions as there are members. If you really want to know the legal and tax issues, you really should consult a suitable accountant or attorney.
  4. TheLugNutZ

    TheLugNutZ LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 410

    I can only speak for NJ, but from what I can tell, if you are a solo operator, operating as an LLC, there isnt any tax advantage or dis-advantage. I think it is SLIGHTLY more expensive when you register ($90?). As far as risk if you are involved in a lawsuit: I am an insurance agent, not a lawyer, but what I can tell you is it certainly CANNOT HURT TO BE AN LLC. Can you still get sued personally? Yes, but there is SOME MORE protection under an LLC; maybe not under all circumstances, but in the event you are sued, there MAY BE more protection, so why not use an LLC? People say there aren’t any advantages if you don’t have employees, and maybe that is the case, but what if you sub something out or if you pick up a temp worker for a few days, you never know, so why not protect yourself ahead of time. This is my opinion only and should not be used for tax or law advice!
  5. FinishingTouch

    FinishingTouch LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    Thanks guys!! I have pursued all options and aspects. LLC. vs. DBA, Commercial Ins. vs Personal w/business use clause on truck, etc. I already have the business liability insurance in place with the inland marine rider on the small equipment. Our only goal for the first year is for the company to break even, but also want to avoid any unnecessary expenses.
  6. cman14141414

    cman14141414 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    What part of Marietta are you in, I'm in East Cobb, I started May 2012.
  7. cman14141414

    cman14141414 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    What part of Marietta are you in, I'm in East Cobb.
  8. FinishingTouch

    FinishingTouch LawnSite Member
    Posts: 22

    I am in East Cobb as well.
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  9. cman14141414

    cman14141414 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 111

    We should meet up some time to discuss business, give me a call sometime, we're in a great market where there is plenty of work to go around. Charlie, 678-896-five-zero-four-eight perhaps we could network somehow or I could at least answer any questions you may have. I'm interested to learn more about your operation too.

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