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  • #16
    Do you need to do anything locally in the form of permits, or such?

    Here, I needed to apply and be approved to run a home based business.
    It wasn't expensive, or difficult, but when I registered my business name with the state, the municipality must get notice of new businesses in the area because before I had a chance to submit my zoning application, I received a letter stating that it was illegal to operate a business without zoning board approval along with the necessary application.

    Just something to think about.

    Everyone has their hand out for a piece of you.

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    • #17
      Have you talked to insurance agency yet You may not need it til you start working just get licensed, line up work then when, or if you get work start the insurance ( my insurance started 24 hours after signing)

      btw a lot of guys find it helpful to post there flyers here
      Last edited by willshome; 02-09-2012, 10:34 PM.

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      • #18
        my advise would to get set up to do the odd jobs first. Such as spring clean ups, small mulching and plantings, shrub trimming, cleaning gutters, etc. THese jobs will get you the weekly maintenance stuff.
        This is how i am going at it, but on a larger scale. It all depends on your experiance dealing with turf, and landscapes.

        Also, dont worry about getting liscensed just yet. Get your insurance and get your *** out there. As any thing else the govt. is involved with liscensing will take alot of time and you want hit the ground running. If you can conceal your eqpt. on your property with out it being an eye sore you can get out there.
        Last edited by Lake Area Turf; 02-09-2012, 11:37 PM.

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        • #19
          Haha! Good point!

          I bought a Stihl FS90R and HIGHLY recommend picking up a commercial trimmer, as it's one of the most important pieces of gear you'll use. The difference between commercial grade and a homeowner trimmer is the difference between a butter knife and a steak knife when eating a T-bone.

          Unless you're doing leaf cleanups, I disagree on the backpack blower. For blowing clippings off a walk, a handheld will do just fine, and takes up less space, while being easier to carry for the 3 minutes you'll need it.


          All in all, can you make enough money working two days a week to cover your legal obligations?
          I agree with this statement for the most part, spend just $20 more on a piece of equipment and get more then triple the life out of it. The CRAPsman stuff it totaled if you break a rope start on them. Most shops will not touch it and it can take up to an hour to change just a rope start on one. A good commercial unit will take less then 10 min.
          I am the owner of www.AllOutdoorParts.com an online mower parts distributor. I am also a Briggs Master Service Technician and Expert Certified Mechanic for Kohler. If my posts helps you please like my facebook page at www.facebook.com/alloutdoorparts

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          • #20
            my advise would to get set up to do the odd jobs first. Such as spring clean ups, small mulching and plantings, shrub trimming, cleaning gutters, etc. THese jobs will get you the weekly maintenance stuff.
            This is how i am going at it, but on a larger scale. It all depends on your experiance dealing with turf, and landscapes.

            Also, dont worry about getting liscensed just yet. Get your insurance and get your *** out there. As any thing else the govt. is involved with liscensing will take alot of time and you want hit the ground running. If you can conceal your eqpt. on your property with out it being an eye sore you can get out there.
            Great advice. Hey, and when your driver's license is up for renewal, don't bother - spend the money on flyers instead and just drive really carefully.

            What the OP does is ultimately his decision, but telling people to ignore the law does nobody any favors.

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            • #21
              Have you talked to insurance agency yet You may not need it til you start working just get licensed, line up work then when, or if you get work start the insurance ( my insurance started 24 hours after signing)

              btw a lot of guys find it helpful to post there flyers here

              -i dont think i need anthing more than the DBA and tax number. just to be sure i will double check.

              -yea ive spoken with the agent. i will start it once i have the jobs.

              how would a flyer here help me? do potential clients search here or is there some sort of link between my location and this site? sounds cool.

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              • #22
                "Flyer" just having others look it over helps. you may get some good feedback. We have all been down this road.

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                • #23
                  Great advice. Hey, and when your driver's license is up for renewal, don't bother - spend the money on flyers instead and just drive really carefully.

                  What the OP does is ultimately his decision, but telling people to ignore the law does nobody any favors.
                  Relax hedgemaster.
                  no where did I say ignore the law. The guy wants to do some weekend work and see if he can pull it off. There are plenty of legit, insured, self employed Americans working out of there homes, that dont have or require Bus Lisc.

                  I was just saying dont let the govt. slow you down. Cover you *** with G.L. Insurance for lawn care and see if you can pull it off. If so, and you start growing then do the deed and let govt. have there share. Maybe I'm just old fassion.

                  Now back to the topic of the thread... doing the odd jobs and clean ups especially in spring WILL land you the summer long maintenance jobs you want. something to seriously consider.
                  Last edited by Lake Area Turf; 02-10-2012, 07:43 PM.

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                  • #24
                    Dont get insurance till you have customers.

                    Get a business license. Mine is only like $50ish a year.

                    If you use your name in the company name you dont have to deal with the DBA stuff. I didnt go that way and it end up being way more $$$$

                    A hand held blower is fine in spring and summer.

                    What size lots are in your area? That cheap lawn mower will kill you. I worked 2 days with a cheap Chraftsman before I gave in and bought a good mower. It will save you time and energy.

                    You mentioned 8 lawns a day. On a good day I can do 15 so you may be able to do more.

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                    • #25
                      wow! I would love if I could get 20 yards a week.

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                      • #26
                        It all depends on lot size. Some parts of the country have huge lawns that take awhile. Most of my yards are 7-10.000 square feet or less. And a spring/ summer "day" for me is 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. or later.

                        With a full time job you may not want to put in those kind of days on your weekend.

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