Another new guy starting out

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Jmill88, Sep 9, 2008.

  1. Jmill88

    Jmill88 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    I know you pros probably get sick of this, but I need help on starting out legit. I think I will probably start out as a sole proprietorship, but have also heard about "Do Business As". Does anyone in Missouri know what licenses I need. Any help on the steps I need to take would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
  2. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    Go ahead and get the LLC not the SP. I wish I would have. here the same price. I will be changing mine In January.
  3. kleankutslawn

    kleankutslawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,185

    every state is different

    LBLC_LCO LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 402

    I'm operating as a sole proprietor in Missouri.

    I registered on the Secretary of State website for the DBA (ficticious name). It was quick and simple and only cost $7.00.

    After you register, print out your paperwork, that paper will allow you to go to the bank and open a business account, you will have to use your SS number if you do not have an EIN, and if you are solo, no need really for an EIN.

    Then you may need to register with your city or county or apply for a biz lic.

    Of course, once all this is done, check around for some liability insurance.

    It's true that a sole proprietorship is the easiest way to start "legit", but, there are some drawbacks to it, do your research and see whats best for you.

    Good Luck.
  5. Jmill88

    Jmill88 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    Thanks for your help LBLC. Good luck to you.
  6. Dingojoe

    Dingojoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    I would go the LLC route to be honest. If something awful happens and your company gets sued better have deep pockets, personal assets outside your SP come into fair play. Of course these days everybody sues everybody. I think there is more financial protection in an LLC.
  7. jemvai

    jemvai LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Messages: 52

    I will have my LLC next week. IiF you go to you can read all about the benefits.
    I just started up myself, picking up an New Scag Wildcat 52" on Fri along with a Stihl fc 130 trimmer and 110 edger whoo hoo. I have about 5 jobs lined up just by worrd of mouth. Haven't done any advertising yet or had my truck signs created yet.

    Go LLC
  8. tradeyouraccounts

    tradeyouraccounts Banned
    Messages: 343

    We have set up a few llcÂ’s and always been advised this is the best route to take over the SP. Any ways good luck with it.

    Your success
  9. Jmill88

    Jmill88 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 129

    Did you set yours up with legalzoom? How much is it?
  10. Dingojoe

    Dingojoe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 28

    Legalzoom is ok but have your tax accountant do all the work, if you don't have a tax accountant I would suggest spending the money to get one, they are well worth the money. As we are experts in lawn care they are experts in all things tax related. To set up my LLC I spent around $800 give or take. (which is tax deductible!!!)

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