new business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jmd76, Oct 3, 2003.

  1. jmd76

    jmd76 LawnSite Member
    from memphis
    Messages: 2

    Would someone give me a little advice. Im looking at starting a new lawn care business next spring. What legality issues do i have to deal with. Me and a partner are going to start this business together. I understand that i have to get a license in the city but as far as making my business a legal business what steps do i have to take. Plain and simple what is the easiest way to get started. How do i register my lawn care name, how do i make everything legit with the IRS. Anyone willing to give me some good info would be much appreciated...jeff
  2. mike9497

    mike9497 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    in my state the gov has a website for starting your own biz.
  3. WeatherMan

    WeatherMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 692

    Mine too and Im sure tenn. has one too just do a search
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    talk to an accountant, a lawyer, and someone else that is involved in a partnership in your area
  5. Let it Grow

    Let it Grow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 476

    This site was one of the most helpful for me when I started
  6. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    As mentioned above, if you search, you'll find all kinds of information on this topic. I will say however, be sure you are insured, and pay your license and taxes. Another thing, if you can work around it, avoid a partner. That usually leads to problems.
    Good luck with the start up.

  7. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 932

    On the Partner Topic,
    I have heard nothing but bad things about starting a business with a partner. Usually you both do not have the same ideals deep down, and they eventually come out, whether it be work ethic, or quality, or pure morals on taxes etc., or even the business long term goal. It's hard to know exactly what you both want until you do it for a few years, and see how it goes.

    That was the negative side of it, as lots of people will relate to you.

    On the other hand, we are thriving because of the partnership TWINS Lawn Care has, because we each bring different qualities to the business, and both of us have great attitudes towards our work. It does get rocky sometimes, over some small items, but the whole is what you need to look at, and it is working great for us.

    So remember that there is always 2 sides to the story. I tend to agree it is harder to make a partnership work, but when it does it is very beneficial. I'd say only about 15% or so work out well, but they tend to have an advantage when they do.

    Hope this helps, good luck with the business!

    Oh, and to answer your question, sorry...
    We went to our village hall, and they had a planning department, which will walk you through all the right paths, at no charge. Also, some community colleges also offer this same type of service.

    Good luck!
  8. Rustic Goat

    Rustic Goat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,194

    Do searches on this site.
    just starting
    new business

    Read Eric Elms thread on advice for newbies.

    Read every thread on this site and gain a free education.
  9. capescaper

    capescaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 70

    watch out for partners your freindship could be worth more
  10. fraz001

    fraz001 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 34

    no partners, b you'r own boss. be on the jobs to see everthing is done to your standards.

    #1 return all calls!!!!!!!!

    #2 be there when u said u will or call

    #3 your work will talk 4 it self

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