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steps to starting a lawn care business

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by hbellew0369, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. hbellew0369

    hbellew0369 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    i need help in this and need suggestions for equipment to start with. What options should i offer to customers and pricing. Should i be my own accountant and is it possible to create a 100k business. Thanks!
  2. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 736

    First, welcome to the site…I am from Huntsville Alabama born and raised, moved to Indiana about 10 years ago.

    Call your insurance company and let them know what you are planning on doing. They will explain the rates and what you need.

    Think up a company name then go to your local court house and have that name searched. They will let you know if it is registered or not. Once you register it they will give you a document showing that it is your business name….think the cost is around $15.00…it’s been along time since I did this.

    Get you Tax id number. This is not a must, you can use your social number but…in long term you will need a tax ID number.

    Take your tax id number (or socail number) and the document you got from the court house and go get a business bank account in your business name.

    Contact an attorney and or get online and get your DBA, LLC, or whatever you want to run your business.

    Call your local state police office and ask to speak with a DOT officer to find out if your GWR of your truck and trailer is over the weight regulations. DOT number will probably be needed for you to operate.

    Call CheckCare, they handle all bad checks that get written to you. It is a one time fee. I think it cost $50.00 to open an account.

    Go get you some customers and make some money.

    Yes, 100k is with in reason on expectations however it will not happen for at least 3 years unless you get lucky and land some really good accounts.
  3. John Deere Mann

    John Deere Mann LawnSite Member
    Messages: 92

    Wow! Couldn't say any better then this!:clapping::):clapping::clapping:
  4. vanncann

    vanncann LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    Advertise, Advertise, Advertise!!!
  5. ProcsLC

    ProcsLC LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    The only thing I would add is to make a business plan...

    If this is going to be your full time gig then you need to plan for the busy season, what to do when the phone's not ringing.. How to handle a new potential customer... Design a logo and start branding name recognition... Figure out your total cost of being in business so you know if and when you make a profit... etc etc...

    If you don't know how to plan a business then you are not going to have any success in running one. Go to the library or get online and learn about putting together a proper business plan, it will be the first important document you ever create for your business.
  6. climber338

    climber338 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    just something else to add. If you have a steady job right now i would keep it just in case your company goes up in flames. Equipment is $$$$$$ so if i were you i would start out with small equipment and keep your over head low. If your company does happen to go up in flames then you dont have a huge amount of money to pay off. Going by the rules keeps you safe and SangerLawn said what you need to do.
  7. Grass Shark

    Grass Shark LawnSite Senior Member
    from Zone 7
    Messages: 660

    Sanger did you right the book?
  8. tinman

    tinman LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ga
    Messages: 1,346

    100 k is possible,,, anything is possible. I would hire an accountant or take a class on Quickbooks.
  9. froglawn

    froglawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    100k is very possible!
  10. zima

    zima LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Stay away from debt,and sometimes no matter how much advice you get always learn from your mistakes and do better next time .

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