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What CAN I do?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Howie's Lawn Care, Jul 16, 2005.

  1. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    If I have to be 18 to get a business license, insurance, and fertilizer license, then what can I actually do? If I get the business through a parents' name, does that mean I'm an employee since I'm operating it and doing all the work. Also, do more taxes get taken out of the revenue since it's in my parents' name? How can I use the insurance if it's in my parents' name? How can I use the fertilizer license also. If I can't have one because of age, then I couldn't take the test. Does this mean I just won't be fertilizing until I'm eighteen? Am I just going to be a scrub next year and pay regular income taxes?
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    Well hey man, why not just run a cash-only business for a little while, until you turn 18? Back when I was 17 I was still going to high school so I used to cut a few yards around the neighborhood and put the money in my pocket, and thank you very much.

    I mean... Do you HAVE all the stuff already?
    If so, running it under your parent's name should be no big hassle: Just run it sorta like you own it because your parents ... well i forget how it works but basically they are taking responsibility and that is something you and your parents need to talk about, but far as taxes and all that, it shouldn't matter much - While you live with your parents, they claim you as a deduction and likely can file your income under their household OR you can file your own just as well, I don't think it matters who owns the business here.
    After all, if YOU are doing all the work then your parents don't get any income from the business so it shouldn't affect THEIR taxes unless they wish to claim YOURS under theirs and then pay you but that is a hassle. So since you're doing all the work, just claim your losses and expenses as if you owned the business, the only difference being your parent's name is on the license. You'd be like the 'acting' owner or something.
    Far as you being an employee, even if your name is on the license, you're still an employee in a sense: A boss works for the business, too, just like the rest of the workers, the boss works, everybody works, we all work for something or someone.
  3. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,426

    Better talk to a lawyer. If you run it in your parents name and do some damage they may be liable and loose everything they have. Wonder if you threw a rock and hurt someone? Just a thought. There are kids mowing all over the place around here for cash. It used to be the norm but why involve your parents. I think it would be wise if you talk to someone about the legal issues involved. Any way you seem to be a mature young man and I admire you wanting to start a business.
  4. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    What about insurance? I can't make a claim on it when it's in my parents name, can I? I still can't get a fertilizer license, can I? Does anyone have some advice? I want to be a legit business next year, but a reliable and simple one at that. Thanks for any help in advance!
  5. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    Thanks for the advice. I don't usually get paid in cash because I bill most of my accounts monthly and the ones I don't bill monthly still write checks.
  6. Howie's Lawn Care

    Howie's Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 512

    C'mon guys. Doesn't anyone know about this topice or know a 16-17 year old running a legit lawn care business?
  7. Cimarron Landscape

    Cimarron Landscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 72

    I STILL don't see all the fuss about a license. Must be other states or something. Here in the Lone Star, ya don't have to have anything to do business (not referring to spraying, fertilizing, etc.). No 'business License' required. Sure, if you wanna you can take out a DBA so that your name is registered, but you're not illegal if you don't.

    I'm cool with how I am now, but I want a DBA. With the DBA I can then buy wholesale, and apply for and get licenses for spraying, etc. I talked to the branch that does that stuff and they said I could file it under my parents name. Not sure about the insurance claim part. Why couldn't your parents make the claim? They would be on the policy? As for liability, that is a problem. They could potentially be sued for damages you might accidentally cause.
    My $0.02, good luck.
  8. yrdandgardenhandyman

    yrdandgardenhandyman LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 953

  9. sheshovel

    sheshovel LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,112

    Howie,don't worry about it intell your 18.Run your business.go get a work permit,that's almost like a licence to conduct business for underage,you can buy private insurance no matter what your age as far as I know.Because you are not required to pay any taxes,you don't have to worry about doing it legit intell your 18,what's involved in being legit is mainly claiming your income so good ole uncle Sam can tax you on it.
  10. WoodBrothersLC

    WoodBrothersLC LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 418

    We are a listed business in the state of Kansas and we pay taxes. We can't get insurance until I turn 18, but you can bet the day I turn 18 will we not only get insurance, but fert. license, etc. Good luck!

    -Mark Wood

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