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Discussion in 'Network: North' started by DLAWNS, Nov 8, 2008.
If all you guys are going, I'll have to make it over there.
Starting a lawn business in NJ, what do i need to do, starting from scratch?
I have about 8 accounts i cut during the summer looking for more though in my area.. I am currently doing it on the side, should i continue to accept cash and do it on the side being i work full time, or is it better to go legally? If you reccomend so, where/how do i start? business licensce? etc? thanks
I highly recommend goin legit as would most if not all members on this site.
1st you need to see if ur company name is available here https://accessnet.state.nj.us/GatewayWatchNameSearch.asp
if its avalable then you need to get a tax id from the below website
2nd you need to get tax id # here http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=102767,00.html
3rd you need to register the business here
4th you need to finish the registration process here and pay $125
5th then you need to get business insurance usually a minimum $500000 will cost you round $525 for $1000000 its usally like another $25-$50
6th most owns require a landscaping permit to do business so go to ur town clerk and see what the process is. if you register a a home improvement contractor with consumer affairs then usually the town permit fee is waived
last if you are disposing of waste ie grass clipping, brush, etc then you need to get a dep #. if you do a serach here you can find that info in the starting a landscaping business section
you can also go here for more infohttp://www.state.nj.us/treasury/revenue/gettingregistered.htm
Damn, that's one of the most complete answers I've ever seen. Great post!
And I agree, you definitely want to go legit...it can be a pain, but is definitely the better bet!
Thanks Bill!! I was once in his position and it was tough/frustrating to get all the right answers from people cause most people paid some1 to do it for them like legalzoom.
thanks for the superb write-up! that's going to be a big help for me trying to get things together...
i know it may be a somewhat personal question but in a general standpoint; how/what are you doing about the taxes? are you using an accountant? are you paying alot on taxes for what you make in jersey?
My wife handles a lot of the books and takes care of a lot of the tax stuff, but we do use an accountant. I'm not sure what is considered a lot of taxes, but generally speaking to be quite honest taxes are pretty expensive.
no prob anytime..for paying sales tax i pay it monthly or quarterly depending on how much I bring in monthly. if you take in over $500 any given month in NJ sales tax alone then you need to pay that by the 20th of the next month. if not you just have to pay quarterly sales tax. For my personal/business taxes I have always used an accountant since they know all the right offs and so on.
Let me give you one piece of advice make sure your books are accurate when you bring in money and spend your business money cause if the IRS ever audits you, you do not want to end up having to pay them more money cause your books were off. I know a few guys that got screwed this year and had to in upwards of 50 grand to the IRS cause their books were not accurate.
I was there for the 1st day. I'm enrolled for the Basics of plant material course as well as the Landscape design course that start tomorrow. Probably won't make it due to the snow but we'll see!
I missed the deadline for free sign-up for the show next week but I'll be attending that. What day are you others going to be there? I'd like to meet up to put faces with the names!
when is a good time in NJ to go after commercial accounts for maintence?