You must complete certain steps in order to start your landscaping company in New York. Your New York landscaping or lawn care business could include gardening, lawn mowing, leaf removal, excavation, tree work, and more. You can find the links to help get your new landscaping business registered in New York below. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly.
Getting started– The state of New York has a website about starting a business here: https://www.businessexpress.ny.gov/
1. Register your landscaping business name.
You need to register your new landscaping business name: http://www.dos.ny.gov/corps/assdnmins.html
If you need help selecting a name for your landscaping business: Landscaping Business Name Ideas
2. Select a business structure for your landscaping company.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.
3. Register your landscaping business.
You can register your new landscaping or lawn care business with the state of New York here: Certificate of Assumed Name
4. Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your landscaping business with your new business name.
5. Find out about taxes and hire an accountant.
You may want to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: https://www.tax.ny.gov/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
6. Get Liability Insurance.
Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance. You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.
7. Register as a Contractor.
You will need to check with your county to see requirements for registration.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. City License.
You may be required to obtain a license to operate your lawn care business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.
11. Special Certifications and Licenses.
You may possibly need to be certified or licensed to work with certain fertilizers or other lawn chemicals.