Becoming legit

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by gglawns, Nov 1, 2004.

  1. gglawns

    gglawns LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 38

    What are the steps I need to take to become legit, insurance issues, becomeing registered, what else do i need to do and how do i take these steps
  2. Gautreaux's LNG

    Gautreaux's LNG LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 379

    Work hard and be honest and upfront with your customers!

    As far as licensing issues you will need a general business license for the county/parish you plan to do business in.

    Insurance, general liability of $1,000,000.00, insure all your equipment and trucks. If you have employees, pay taxes? worker's comp?

    Depending on your location other requirements may differ. You may or may not need a license to spray herbicide and pesticides (even Roundup). Seperate license for landscape maintenance vs. lawn maintenance?

    Check with your local and state agencies and they'll let you know exactly what you need.

    Also, check your prices! Are you charging enough to afford being legit?
  3. gglawns

    gglawns LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 38

    Thanks for the advice, I will look into all of this in the off season
  4. Island Lawn

    Island Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 632

    Also, you can probably get a free initial consultation with an acct and a lawyer.

    Rules are diff all over, so focus on where YOU will be...

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