1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Catch up on the conversation about fertilization strategies for success with the experts at Koch Turf & Ornamental in the Fertilizer Application forum.

    Dismiss Notice

Everything that is needed

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jdlawn, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. jdlawn

    jdlawn LawnSite Member
    from MO
    Messages: 68

    I have a Lawn care company and i really was just wanting to make sure everything is in place for this season, legally. This is my second year and i am a DBA (registered with the state) for right now and i am in the process of getting insurance. I have a bank account for the business. I keep track of every expense and income in quickbooks for tax purposes. I am wondering, after reading some threads, if i am set up and ok with the gov or if i still need to apply for something or set up something else. Please help, anything would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  2. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    there may be regulations in your state....check your state web site and check it out
  3. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Check with your Dept of State. Whatever means you used to register your DBA or fictitious name, you should find the answers to a lot of your questions there. Some states require you to collect and remit sales tax for lawn services and others don't. For those states, every county can have a supplimental tax as well. And with all that you have invested already, I would get hot on that liability insurance. I wouldn't touch another property without it. You can find help with a lot of legal info pertaining to your business vehicle by talking with your agent. As a sole prop, my truck is in the company's name but it is insured as a personal vehicle used for business purposes. That is a world of difference from being insured as a commercial vehicle. With that being said, in PA for example, I am not allowed to put advertising of any kind on my truck without commercial tags and commercial insurance. A trailer is free game though. It's that kinda stuff you should probably look into. Good luck. Hope that helps a little.

Share This Page