How To Start A Landscaping Business In North Carolina- Lawn Care Startup Requirements

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 can find the links to help get your new landscaping business registered in North Carolina below.

How to Register A Landscaping Business in North Carolina

Getting started in North Carolina– The state of North Carolina has a website about starting a business in North Carolina here: http://www.blnc.gov/start-your-business

1. Register your landscaping business name.

Find out more about registering a business name in North Carolina here: http://www.blnc.gov/start-your-business/business-forms

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

2. Select a business structure for your landscaping or lawn care business.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: http://www.blnc.gov/start-your-business/selecting-a-business-structure

3.  Register your landscaping business.

You can register your landscaping business with the state of North Carolina here: http://www.dornc.com/electronic/registration/

4. Open a Business Checking Account with your Bank.

Open a new bank account for your landscaping business with your new business name.

5. Tax Requirements.

You could do your own taxes or hire an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.dornc.com/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business

6.  Get Liability Insurance.

Get a liability insurance policy to help protect you.  You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.

7.  Register as a Contractor in North Carolina.

Depending on what type of landscaping work you will be doing, you may need to register as a contractor.  Check here to see if you need to register as a contractor in North Carolina:  http://www.nclbgc.org/ .

8. You may need 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.

You will need health insurance for you and your employees.

10. City License, Certifications, and Permits.

You may need to get a license to operate your landscaping business in certain areas.  You may need special certifications to use lawn chemicals.  Also, you may need to apply for permits for certain landscaping jobs.