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How To Start A Landscaping Business In Tennessee

A landscaping or lawn care business in North Carolina 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.
Here are a few web pages created by the state of Tennessee that will help if you want to start a business in Tennessee:  https://www.tnsmartstart.com/ and https://tnbear.tn.gov/ecommerce/default.aspx

-Register your landscaping business name.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: https://www.tnsmartstart.com/

If you need help selecting a name for your landscaping business:  How to Choose A Business Name and Landscaping Business Name Ideas

-Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Click on Step 2 at this link to find out more about business structure: https://www.tnsmartstart.com/

-Register your landscaping business.

You can register your landscaping business with the state of Tennessee here: https://tnbear.tn.gov/Ecommerce/RegistrationInstr.aspx

-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, 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 information about taxes here: https://www.tn.gov/revenue/ 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.

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More about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance

-Register as a Contractor with the State of Tennessee.

To see if you need to register your landscaping business with the state of Tennessee, check here: https://www.tn.gov/commerce/regboards/contractor/how-to-become-a-licensed-contractor.html

-Worker’s Compensation.

You will need Worker’s Compensation if you have any employees. Find out more>

-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.

-City License.

You may be required to obtain a license to operate your landscaping business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.

-Permits.

Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of landscaping jobs.

-OSHA.

Depending on how many employees you have, you may need to follow OSHA regulations.  http://www.osha.gov

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