Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Just starting your lawn care or landscaping business? > Starting a lawn care business.

Starting a lawn care business. How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.

Florida Requirements


Starting a lawn care business.

How to start a lawn mowing business, lawn care business, or landscaping business. If you are starting a lawn care business, ask your questions here.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 07-23-2010, 04:22 AM
bwood99x bwood99x is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 13
Rep Power: 5
bwood99x is on a distinguished road
Default Florida Requirements

I have created an LLC and have a Federal Employer ID #. Do any of you know what else is required to do lawn maintenance/landscaping in Florida? Also, since I am providing a service and not a product, Im not required to charge sales tax, correct? What if I do a mulching job and "sell" the mulch to the client along with my labor? I have had a few people work for me and I pay them a check out of my company bank account. Also, Ive had them sign 1099's (none of them have made $600 yet, including myself...who hasnt been paid $1 yet). Is there anything I am not thinking off in addition to these Questions?
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 07-23-2010, 03:28 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,616
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
I have created an LLC and have a Federal Employer ID #. Do any of you know what else is required to do lawn maintenance/landscaping in Florida?
It is possible your town has some kind of license you need as a contractor but more often than not, it only applies to landscapers. You should check this out in your town hall though.

Quote:
Also, since I am providing a service and not a product, Im not required to charge sales tax, correct? What if I do a mulching job and "sell" the mulch to the client along with my labor?
The tax laws are crazy. You will have to look this up online for your state and see what you need to charge sales tax for.

Quote:
I have had a few people work for me and I pay them a check out of my company bank account. Also, Ive had them sign 1099's (none of them have made $600 yet, including myself...who hasnt been paid $1 yet). Is there anything I am not thinking off in addition to these Questions?
You have to be very careful when using 1099's. We have seen lawn care business owners get into trouble when they pay employees this way. You have to make sure the 1099's are used only for independent contractors. If these are employees, you have to pay them with a w2 form and withhold the proper taxes.
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-24-2010, 11:19 AM
NewLeafca's Avatar
NewLeafca NewLeafca is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Corona, CA
Posts: 105
Rep Power: 5
NewLeafca is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by bwood99x View Post
Also, since I am providing a service and not a product, Im not required to charge sales tax, correct? What if I do a mulching job and "sell" the mulch to the client along with my labor?
Here in CA you do not charge sales tax on services. You do have to charge sales tax on everything else. So if you are doing a mulching job and "sell" the mulch to the client you have to charge sales tax on the mulch. Also if you do any spraying here in CA the labor is not taxable. But you have to keep track of how much product you use on the lawn and charge a sales tax for the product. As Steve said the tax laws can get very tricky. I hired an accountant right off the bat so that they can keep track of everything legally for me.

Quote:
Originally Posted by bwood99x View Post
I have had a few people work for me and I pay them a check out of my company bank account. Also, Ive had them sign 1099's (none of them have made $600 yet, including myself...who hasnt been paid $1 yet).
Paying employees is also another tricky situation if you use a 1099. I would pay them as hourly employees and have them sign a W-4. You also have to make sure you withhold the right amount of taxes from your employees pay.

I know of a guy here in town that started a service and it grew very quickly within the first year. He was doing great and making some good money. However, when tax time came around he found out that he was not charging sales tax on the right items. He also was paying his part-time employees as independent contractors and that came back to bite him. Needless to say at the end of the year he owed several thousand dollars in taxes that he couldn't pay. He had to sell off his equipment to pay the taxes and I got some great deals. He is no longer in business so just be careful and dot your I's and cross your T's.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-29-2010, 10:56 AM
wglyons wglyons is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 7
Rep Power: 5
wglyons is on a distinguished road
Default

I live in Florida also, and just started my business back in May.

Other than what you've done, as Steve mentioned, a local "Business Tax" may need to be paid. Mine, for my home-based-business, is $40 per year. That gives me the legal right to conduct business in the county, but I purchased the tax receipt from the city in which I live...

I applied to the State for a Tax ID. The state actually called me back and told me that it is uncommon for a landscape company to collect taxes, and that they were denying the application!!! In fact, lawn care companies are specifically excluded from having to collect tax in Florida. The way the lady explained it to me was this: when you go buy mulch to take to a property, pay tax on it. Now, the tax for the item has been paid. So, instead of figuring $15 for the yard of mulch, figure $15+tax as your cost, and include it in your service quote. For example, I charge $50 to deliver and spread a yard of mulch. I do not itemize the invoice to show 1) one yard of mulch - $20, 2) spread mulch - $30, I just have it listed as "Mulch - Delivered and Spread - $50...

This makes the process much easier and less painful in terms of quarterly paperwork...

I'm at the point of needing help and debating hiring someone, so I can't speak to your third issue as of yet...

Good Luck,

Greg
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-29-2010, 04:10 PM
LawnMoore's Avatar
LawnMoore LawnMoore is offline
Mr. Moore
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Suwannee River Florida
Age: 29
Posts: 288
Rep Power: 5
LawnMoore is on a distinguished road
Default Florida filing

I also just filed my Inc. with the state of florida, i picked up my EIN # from the IRS moments later, i also asked them about said tax id # for buying and selling products, and the told me, if i am going to be a reseller of any products, thats is something that is to be filed in the "County" bracket, instead of a regular business license i would apply for my resellers license.. that what i understood, and this all happened yesterday evening
__________________
(352)682-3094 Suwannee River, Florida 32680

Visit my site, http://www.lawnmoore.com, Thanks!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 08-08-2010, 12:42 AM
StartALawnCareBusiness's Avatar
StartALawnCareBusiness StartALawnCareBusiness is offline
Keith
 
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 731
Rep Power: 0
StartALawnCareBusiness is on a distinguished road
Exclamation

Don't forget your applicator's license!!!

If you apply ANY type of chemical pesticide or herbacide in Florida you will likely be required to have proof of a chemical applicators license. Florida has some of the strictest laws in the nation when it comes to chemical application.

Good luck:

Keith
Start A Lawn Care Business
__________________
Start a profitable lawn care business.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hello from Florida Santorican Introduce Yourself 5 06-18-2009 02:19 AM
Hello From Florida vhurd Introduce Yourself 1 05-25-2009 11:34 AM
Requirements of franchise 'business partner' Steve Franchise Building, Entrepreneurs, Business Leaders, & Innovators Discussions 3 08-01-2007 08:21 AM
Palm Module minimum system requirements? SFLS Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 1 05-27-2006 01:22 AM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Hello from Kentucky
TRV
09-30-2014 06:42 PM
Yesterday 05:57 PM
by TRV
12 1,452
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 05:24 PM
Yesterday 04:35 PM
by achri12
26 2,670
Thanksgiving cards
Steve
11-10-2008 11:57 AM
Yesterday 04:29 PM
by achri12
3 8,632
Hi to you NOTHERNERS
stevef1201
11-11-2014 05:56 PM
Yesterday 10:27 AM
by kslawn
6 447
Happy Thanksgiving!
Steve
Yesterday 09:48 AM
Yesterday 09:48 AM
by Steve
0 34
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 12:18 PM
11-26-2014 10:30 PM
by Just Cuts
1,194 349,264
Contract or no contract?
TRV
11-20-2014 09:18 PM
11-26-2014 09:23 PM
by stevef1201
5 314
Good help is hard to find
Hanks Lawn Care Services
11-19-2014 03:27 PM
11-26-2014 09:16 PM
by stevef1201
9 371
New parking area
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-07-2014 09:47 PM
11-26-2014 07:32 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
4 468
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 10:12 AM
11-26-2014 07:22 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
178 14,358
Pics for website
tbtigers03
11-21-2014 05:40 PM
11-26-2014 12:12 PM
by Just for Cuts
5 268
Hi from IL
steveinil
11-25-2014 02:07 PM
11-26-2014 11:21 AM
by Steve
1 93
WNY saying Hi.
Sargewesser
11-25-2014 07:27 AM
11-26-2014 11:20 AM
by Steve
1 99
How to: Use Thumbtack...
acrajchel
11-17-2014 06:39 PM
11-26-2014 11:19 AM
by Steve
18 686
Peco Bagger
AGPS
11-18-2014 02:20 PM
11-26-2014 10:58 AM
by Steve
10 431
Beginner Mistakes:...
Steve
01-31-2007 12:45 PM
11-26-2014 10:57 AM
by Steve
22 6,327
Billboards for marketing
ExtremeLawncareServices
11-16-2014 08:39 PM
11-26-2014 10:40 AM
by Steve
14 490
How much do you up sell...
Essex Groundskeeping
11-23-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 06:29 PM
by stevef1201
8 255
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 05:56 PM
11-24-2014 05:49 PM
by biglee
16 3,295
Pressure Washing...
WesleySnips
07-31-2014 07:13 PM
11-24-2014 04:32 PM
by acrajchel
4 719
New website
Chilehead
11-20-2014 04:39 PM
11-23-2014 07:40 PM
by Just for Cuts
12 383
My site is on fronts page
tbtigers03
11-14-2014 05:58 PM
11-22-2014 10:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
16 612
Belt dealer problem
googus
11-21-2014 08:45 AM
11-21-2014 06:36 PM
by Steve
2 211
What is going on with...
biglee
11-14-2014 03:04 PM
11-20-2014 02:50 PM
by biglee
40 1,071
My advice for new guys
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 09:32 AM
11-19-2014 01:47 PM
by biglee
10 619
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
10-23-2014 02:23 PM
11-19-2014 12:39 PM
by acrajchel
28 1,989
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 10:19 PM
11-18-2014 04:24 PM
by acrajchel
14 1,557
Leaf removal
madmedic8575
10-24-2014 05:14 PM
11-17-2014 07:34 PM
by acrajchel
6 1,287
sod job
SGlawncare
10-30-2014 09:21 PM
11-17-2014 07:10 PM
by acrajchel
7 877
Customer wants me to...
Mr. Mow
11-09-2014 07:13 AM
11-17-2014 06:48 PM
by acrajchel
10 651
Hello!
Brian3137
11-11-2014 07:15 PM
11-17-2014 06:46 PM
by acrajchel
14 573
small biz in Phoenix,AZ
anthonyramos1
11-08-2014 09:35 PM
11-17-2014 05:59 PM
by acrajchel
2 402
Client won't pay...
WesleySnips
10-30-2014 03:53 PM
11-17-2014 05:37 PM
by acrajchel
22 1,497
Government contracts
avetslawncare
11-15-2014 08:50 AM
11-17-2014 12:59 PM
by Steve
2 356
Need help on deciding a...
Brian3137
11-10-2014 06:32 PM
11-17-2014 12:44 PM
by Steve
12 625
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 10:51 PM
11-16-2014 07:54 AM
by stevef1201
8 1,708
So how do you guys...
Mr. Mow
10-26-2014 08:55 AM
11-15-2014 08:44 AM
by avetslawncare
14 1,830
Truck, Trailer,...
hawthornelawncare
12-23-2011 01:01 AM
11-13-2014 08:35 AM
by jrs.landscaping
81 32,031
The most dangerous part...
Steve
10-06-2014 03:45 PM
11-12-2014 05:05 PM
by stevef1201
14 1,796
A little hang up in snow...
stevef1201
11-08-2014 07:05 AM
11-12-2014 12:51 PM
by Steve
4 534
Bi-weekly winter...
lxarth
11-04-2014 08:37 PM
11-12-2014 10:06 AM
by WesleySnips
9 744
taking first steps...
sizemorelawncare
11-10-2014 08:24 PM
11-11-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
1 423
Back Pack Blower
Ian Lovejoy
11-09-2014 08:41 AM
11-11-2014 08:12 AM
by Just for Cuts
4 494
Business Cards
crieg122
10-25-2014 01:03 PM
11-11-2014 07:56 AM
by Just for Cuts
12 1,452
How the unregister?
alive101
11-04-2014 07:39 AM
11-10-2014 01:48 PM
by Steve
4 700
Belt adjustment question
googus
11-05-2014 06:43 AM
11-10-2014 01:38 PM
by Steve
5 602
Podcast
Shark1611
11-07-2014 05:42 PM
11-10-2014 11:41 AM
by Steve
1 400
hi, from Minnesota
rjklohn
11-07-2014 02:21 AM
11-07-2014 01:44 PM
by Steve
1 414
New to snow plowing
SS.Lawncare
11-05-2014 04:00 PM
11-07-2014 01:21 PM
by Steve
6 683
New Member
tonyap
11-05-2014 10:35 PM
11-07-2014 01:15 PM
by Steve
1 456
» Popular Tags
4wd aerocore apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bid billy goat brushcutter blades bush charge christmas decorating deliquentaccounts ditches employee problems equipment rental estimate ferris first truck foreman georgia gopherhaul growing a lawn care business hiring how much to charge how to husqvarna hydraulic installation introduction landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website marketing mechanic monthly mulch mulch price new business new mower ordinance per hour charge podcast profit on employee reo running a business savannah scag v-ride shreaded snow plowing starting a business start up lawn care business steep lawns steve stihl toro trailer trailer mate pro truck new used landscape walk behind walker won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:06 AM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:06 AM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy