A landscaping or lawn care business in Colorado can provide a great part-time or full-time income. Your landscaping business could include gardening, lawn mowing, leaf and lawn debris removal, excavation, tree work, and more. You may want to start here: How To Start A Landscaping Business. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly. Here are some steps you may have to take (not necessarily in order) to start your landscaping company, along with links to more information.
Getting started- The state of Colorado provides a few helpful websites for getting your business started: https://www.colorado.gov/apps/jboss/cbe/start-business.xhtml and http://www.coloradosbdc.org/starting-your-business
-Register your landscaping business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.coloradosbdc.org/resources/resource-guide/legal-structure-and-registration
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.coloradosbdc.org/resources/resource-guide/legal-structure-and-registration
-Register your landscaping business.
You can find out more about registering your landscaping business with the state of Colorado here: http://www.coloradosbdc.org/resources/resource-guide/legal-structure-and-registration
-Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your landscaping business with your new business name.
-Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.
You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: https://www.colorado.gov/tax and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
-Get Landscaping Software.
Landscaping software will streamline your business before you even start, giving you visibility and control over all your leads, sales, jobs, and tasks from a single program to get your company on the fast track toward growth.
You’ll also be able to create estimates, place material orders, automate the boring (but necessary) stuff, empowering you and your team to finish jobs on time and on budget. Try JobNimbus for Free!
-Get Liability Insurance.
More about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance
-Register as a Contractor.
Check with your local government about contractor registration.
-Get Health Insurance.
Since you will be self-employed, you will need your own health insurance. If you have employees, you will need a plan that will include their health needs also.
You may be required to obtain a license to operate your landscaping business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.
Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of landscaping jobs.
Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations. http://www.osha.gov