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Business License, to get or not go get

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Jdmtnbikr, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. Jdmtnbikr

    Jdmtnbikr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    Ok I will keep it simple...

    I am starting off part time, a few accounts a week (2-4) gardening maintenance. How important is it to get a business license? I am leaning more towards insurance first then the license. The reason I am saying this is I have "heard" from a few sources that unless you are BIG, you don't really "need" to get a license.

    I don't know what to think. Do any of you operate without one? (may be hard to get honest answers on this I know)
  2. mikefromny

    mikefromny LawnSite Member
    Messages: 224

    do it! get legit , consunmer affairs , permits , insurance , collection of sales tax , FEIN + EIN do it legit man youll be suprised how much it wil really push u to get more customers and hustle , just my 2 cents
  3. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    I operated fine without a biz license for 7 years and then like a dummy thought it would look more professional. The tax accessors have hounded the h-ll out of me all year wanting to tax everything I own down to a gas can! The tax accessor even told me that next year to say "Im no longer in biz" since I am such a small an operation, told me if we dont know about you we cant tax you, but when you applied for a biz license we knew you existed! Now insurance I would HIGHLY recommend, especially after I cut a large gas line last year trimming shrubbery, do I have to say what a Nighmare that could have been. I had insurance the next day after that! Also if you are going to be a big operation then the biz license would be recommened. I live in a small red neck community but your area may require it so check your laws first. For me next year no biz license!
  4. rfed32

    rfed32 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Hatboro
    Messages: 680

    i would get it....it is better in the long run
  5. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    I didn't know that not getting one was an option? I wonder why the lawn care industry is looked down upon.
  6. 29 Palms Property Management

    29 Palms Property Management LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    Wow, this is news to me.

    You never had a client ask if you were legit or not?
    No one asked if you were licensed?
    You didn't have any commercial accounts I assume. Right?
  7. QualityLawnCare4u

    QualityLawnCare4u LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,758

    Nope, not one ever asked, commercial or residentual, and yes I have commercial accounts. I just felt like it would be more professional to have it. In my area all they care about is cheap, dont care what you drive,use,mow with, insurance or anything. I did not say it was not a good idea though, I was trying to seperate myself from the s--bs. Im just not big enough to justify the cost.
  8. bubb1

    bubb1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    Doesn't one have to have a license in order to get liability insurance, or can you insure under your own name?
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    Messages: 4,040

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  10. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    why would you want to run an illegal operation, it said in your profile you have been i businesst hree years...

    as a small operation, i have no problems with the tax man, i am taxed on what i make, thats it..... i do have to collect state sales tax, but i also get a number so i dint have to PAY sales tax on many items.....and being in a real business, you also get may deductins,...its hard to explain to your accountant all the money you spent on supplies and maintenence when you are not a legal business...

    besides how is it an expence, my licence from the state was 55 bucks

    just a bad move... maybe you wont get cought... but these are public forums... anyone can read... will your competition turn you in... you can bet if your hurting there income they will check and make sure your legel... i would, and then id burn my competition by just turning them in.... and solicite all there former customers to get with a real company:)

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