How many of you run your business out of your house?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by CTS Lawn & Landscape, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. CTS Lawn & Landscape

    CTS Lawn & Landscape LawnSite Member
    Messages: 81

    I was wondering how many of you guys run out of your house (garage), or pole barn on your property? Do you have your employees park on the driveway if you have any working for you? City/Neighbors OK with you running a business out of your home?

    My current situation is I rent storage units and use them to store everything and run out of them. Don't have the space at my current house. Have my help meet me near where will work (I like that b/c I don't have to pay for drive time back/forth from shop area for them). They like it too b/c they don't have to fight traffic and are closer to home. We are looking at moving soon to be able to build a home and pole barn on some property, but wondered if City or the neighbors near cared about you running a business in your backyard.
  2. ryde307

    ryde307 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 540

    All depends on your location. Every city will have different restrictions.
    I am not even supposed to bring a lettered truck home and let it sit in the driveway.

    I personally like to keep home and business separate and would look to find a home and another piece of land for your shop.
    But others like to combine the two.
  3. 32vld

    32vld LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,983

    Why rent or buy commercial property when you have 1 truck, 1 trailer, 1 employee that parks his car in front of your house?

    Why raise one's overhead costs when you don't have to?

    Many people confuse needs with wants.


    JLSLLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,969

    If you have a crew and 3 or more trucks id say get a shop. Otherwise, save some $$$ and put it towards better things! Good luck!
  5. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    I do.

    I live in a residential neighborhood (small lots/houses seperated by the width of a driveway) and there are restrictions on what I can/can not do/have on my property.
    I needed to apply for a home occupancy permit (one time fee $75) and be approved by the board - otherwise it's a no-go for running a business from home.

    I did notify my neighbors of my intentions beforehand. Several offered to write "letters of recommendation" for me and did so for me to present to the board.

    Employees are not permitted to park at my home.
    No "stockpiling" materials.
    No "commercial vehicles". (I didn't inquire, but I assume they mean really big stuff)
    No excessive noise related to said business.
    Blah. Blah. Blah...

    Overall, it was common sense stuff and I'm OK with all of the "restrictions" because it's a "neighborhood" - it shouldn't look and sound like a damned construction site.

    Right now there's a guy that just moved in down the street and he parks this big, old, ratty-looking panel truck on the street. I don't know what he uses it for, or how long he plans on leaving it there, but looks like hell, and I wouldn't blame anyone for calling it in.
  6. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    I park my truck and trailers at home. Since I go to peoples houses to cut lawns they don't bring them to me. So I don't work out of my house.
  7. Archmann85

    Archmann85 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 11

    I have ran my business out of my home here in Indy for over four years, neighbors don't care much cause I cut their small yards. Don't have any workers just my wife and I, so no parking issues. Love the threads keep the info, tips, and personal experiences in this industry coming. Thanks everyone !
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  8. zechstoker

    zechstoker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 975

    Though it's not "my business", ours is run from the owner's house. Two technicians' trucks are parked in the garage there while the other two go home with whom is driving them. I store our everyday-use equipment at my house, and everything else gets stored at the owner's house.
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  9. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,186

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    Say that again makes no sense...
  10. C Jovingo Landscaping

    C Jovingo Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    Saying he doesn't work from home because he goes to the clients home! LOL! Good one! But original question was "How many run their business from home?" Not "How many work from home?"

    I run from home. I have 2 of everything & work by myself. 2 trucks, first truck is backup, 2 trailers, first one is backup & 2 walkbehinds 44" & first one (36") is backup.
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    Last edited: Sep 22, 2012

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