I'm new to this forum as a poster anyway, I've been lurking a few months just reading through some of the information on this sight. My question is probably much simpler than the answer. What do I need to legally run my business? I know I need a business license, I know I don't need insurance but I want it, and I don't know what I need for taxes. The business license I think I can take care of fairly easily, it's a simple form, a trip to the clerks’ office, and a $35 filling fee as far as I know. To get insurance what do I need? Just a business license or will I need more? As far as taxes go I'm lost but don't want to hire an accountant, will they give me a tax ID number with my license? From their can I use a program like QuickBooks to handle everything for me? Irrelevant background information about myself: I have several years of experience in lawn care and plowing working for others and would like to start my own business. I think this is the perfect time in my life to do this. I'm still in college right now so I don't have the financial responsibility of an apartment or house and my schedule would allow me to run a business and still be a full time student. In addition should my business flop I still have guaranteed work. So I figure I probably have a lot less to risk now than later in doing this. I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I need to make this happen and think I have it pretty well planned out. I actually own most of the equipment I need besides a trailer but have set aside $1,000 for Misc. anyway when I did my numbers (which I must have went over 100 times already). I have 2 big walk behind blowers, a 36in Bobcat, a Redmax 8000, and two string trimmers SRM 2700 (something like that, can’t remember the numbers but they're two different ones). I have all this stuff for my own house because I've just stumbled into it and never got around to the getting rid of it part. I saw the two walk behind blowers in the garbage and went to the door to ask if they were throwing them out before taking them. The guy was a landscaper and asked me if I wanted his broken Bobcat 36 which was destined for the scap heap as well. The only real reason I took this stuff at the time was because I like fixing equipment like this and figured I could do something I enjoy, sell it and make a couple bucks. I ended up rebuilding all the motors, new tires and belts all around, then I cleaned everything up and painted it. The weed eaters came from a garage sale and aren’t in the best of shape but they work and I have a backup so that's ok and the red max I bought new for my own house. I know it would be a good idea to have a backup mower but seeing as how it's freshly rebuilt I think it's pretty reliable. I know it's too late to get into lawns this year but I would like to do residential plowing this winter (yes, been to plow site already) and already have a Jeep setup with a plow I want to use. I also think plowing would be a good way for me to find prospective lawn customers. To anyone that can point me in the right direction or just took the time to read my thread thank you.