Can i get legit????

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by pgoulding, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. pgoulding

    pgoulding LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    Hey, so next year I will have my drivers license (if everything goes right i will have it in February) and I would like to get fully legit as I am going to leave my neighborhood and be a lawn and landscape company. So this is my problem, and some of this may be wrong so work with me. I will be 16 so i cannot sign any contracts for insurance & licenses and all that kind of stuff. My other option is to put the business in one of my parents names but if i did that wouldn't that make me and employee making me have to pay workman's comp which is $$$$$$ and also break labor laws for me being under 18 and using commercial mowers and stuff??? I was wondering if there is anybody under 18 that is legit and how they did it. If anyone can help me out that would be great on how I can get legal in my position.

    Thanks in advance
  2. pgoulding

    pgoulding LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    Someone on here must be able to help me out:confused: :confused: :confused:
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    I don't think it matters whose name is on the paper, like in my case yes it's my name but even if it was someone else's name, I still have to do all the work so what difference does it make? None, really, not the way I see things.

    As for the contract, from your perspective it is them you need to be worried about, so if a customer is signing who is under the age of 18 then I would say worry... But as far as your end, just make sure you hold up to your end of the bargain and you should have no problems as I am certain they will hold you liable if you don't regardless of age (not trying to be funny, just saying)...

    So I think you're on the right track...
  4. zak406

    zak406 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I don't see much of a problem with the insurance. I mean I am sixteen and i will have my own car insurance account. I don't see a diffrence between liability and car insurance but i may be wrong.
  5. LawnInOrder

    LawnInOrder LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    i am 16 and want ot get legit. Is it worth it at this stage of the game or shoudl we wait? LawnInOrder
  6. pgoulding

    pgoulding LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    I think that it is worth it because I have had a few people not hire me because of the risk of hiring an uninsured person to do work on there yard. Also most commercial accounts wont hire uninsured companies to do work for them. For example I live in an homeowner association and every year they have landscaping done at the entrances and other small areas, which I could easily get and do but they require that the company be insured. I think at least in my case that being legit would do good for my business.

    Thanks for the reply
  7. pgoulding

    pgoulding LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    I am more talking about getting liability insurance and licences and all the legalitys of getting a business up and running. You make a good point tho about contracts and how as long as I do what ii am suppost to than they will never need to question me being under 18.

    Thanks for the reply
  8. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,587

    but you are going to have to get an adult to help you... and no you wont have to pay workers comp.... get an adult to put company in there name. insurance and all.... then just transfer when you get older... its the only way...:)
  9. pgoulding

    pgoulding LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    But if it was all put in there name than i would have to be an considered an employee am i right, and if you have an employee don't you have to get workers comp:confused: ???
  10. fubu2

    fubu2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 17

    No you don't. The Worker's Comp covers employees who get hurt, so unless you plan to sue yourself, you don't need to worry about it. I don't think most homeowners will care wether you have it or not.

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