How To Start A Landscaping Business In Mississippi

Here are some things to consider when trying to start a landscaping or lawn care business in the state of Mississippi.  There are plenty of opportunities to make a full or part time income with a landscaping business in Mississippi.   Your landscaping business could include gardening, lawn mowing, leaf and debris 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 Mississippi below.
Mississippi has a website to help you get started with your business:  http://www.sos.ms.gov/BusinessServices/Pages/default.aspx

  1. Register your landscaping business name.

You may need to register a fictitious name for your business.

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

  1. Select your business structure.

Determine what business structure you wish to have: Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.   https://www.sos.ms.gov/BusinessServices/Documents/Business%20Entities%20(Clean).pdf

  1.  Register your business.

You may be required to register your landscaping or lawn care business with your state.

  1. Open a Business Checking Account.

You will need to open a separate bank account for your landscaping business with your new business name.

  1. 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: http://www.dor.ms.gov/Business/Pages/default.aspx and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business .

  1.  Get Liability Insurance.

It is a good idea to get liability insurance to protect you and your business.

  1.  Register as a Contractor.

You need to find out if your state or city requires you to register as an insured contractor.

  1. Worker’s Compensation.

The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.  You don’t need Worker’s Compensation unless you have employees.

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  1. 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.

  1. City License, Certifications, Permits.

You may be required to obtain a license to operate your landscaping or lawn care business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.  You may need a license and/or certification to use certain lawn care chemicals.  You may also need a permit for certain landscaping projects.