Hi everyone. I've been reading posts for a few days now. I'm learning a lot. I wanted your opinions about a few things. First, here's a little background about me. I live in Phoenix, and while a lot of people think it's just a barren land, there's tons of neighborhoods going up all the time. The sprawl is crazy. Driving to my job, I am always seeing landscape trucks and trailers, so many of them running the whole spectrum from an old pickup with rakes in the back, to glossy professional outfits. I love physical work, being outside, etc. My sister has been an avid gardener and has acquired a lot of knowledge putting in her own landscape. My other sister is equally outdoorsy. The three of us, all female, in our 20's and 30's--we're strong, hardworking, change our flat tires and our oil kind of girls. I think we could have a good run at this business, and with the three of us, be able to provide some income, especially for the one sister who has two kids and would benefit from a home-based, family run business. He're's my questions: As near as I can tell, as long as we stay under $750.00 per job, we don't need a landscape contractor's license (although I'd like to get one down the road). I've researched and found I can basically get started with just a sole proprietorship (file a DBA), and then also get a business license for each city (suburb) we'd actually do work in. General liability insurance. That's about it in terms of legal stuff, or am I forgetting something? Would it be okay to start off without insurance? If we're only doing small residential yards, part-time? Or is that just not accepted by the profession? It's important to me that we don't come off looking like scrubs--so I'm wondering this--when you guys use the phrase "licensed"--are you refering to a busines license, or to contractor's license? Just to get started with basic maintenance (excluding pesticide)--it's just a business license, correct? The AZ ROC website says you don't need a contractor's license if you're functioning as a gardener. Do you consider yourself a gardener if you're not doing all out landscape installation--just maintenance? I looked up some landscape maintenance companies in the yellow pages. Some of them are registered with the registrar of contractors, others are not. If someone advertises that they are licensed, but they don't show up in the ROC, then what are they referring to? Anyway, I know this is long. I just think it'd be a great thing for the three sisters to do. "Three Sisters Lawn and Gardening." If we had matching T-shirts, a logo on the truck--we'd be different--three blond women with mowers and such. I just want to do everything to make sure we do it right, that we're taken seriously. I'm thinking we can market to the young families out in the new developments, with new homes and new landscapes. Or single women. Or the elderly who can't do their yard work anymore. Try to make our gender work for us in this business. Any input on these ideas is much appreciated. Thank you so much.