How to Start a Landscaping Business In Georgia
When starting a landscaping or lawn care business in the state of Georgia, you will need to complete a few important steps in order to become a legal business. Your landscaping business could include gardening, lawn mowing, leaf removal, excavation, tree work, and more. You may want to start here: How To Start A Landscaping Or Lawn Care Business. You can find the links to help get your new landscaping business registered in Georgia below. 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 or lawn care company, along with links to more information.
Getting started– Here are a few websites created by the state of Georgia about how to start a business in Georgia: http://www.georgia.org/small-business/start/ and http://www.georgiasbdc.org/startsmart/
Register your landscaping business name.
You will need to register your new landscaping business name with the Superior Court Clerk in your Georgia county.
Select a business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Many small business owners start out with a sole proprietorship. If you want more legal protection, you may wish to choose an LLC. Find out more here: http://sos.ga.gov/admin/files/legal_entity.pdf
Register your landscaping business.
You can register your landscaping business with the state of Georgia here: https://ecorp.sos.ga.gov/
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://dor.georgia.gov/business-taxes and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
Get Liability Insurance.
Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance. You will want some form of liability insurance to help protect yourself from lawsuits. You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
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 location, you may need to apply for permits before starting certain landscaping jobs.
Depending on what your landscaping project involves, you may be subject to inspections.