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How To Start A Landscaping Business In Pennsylvania

Here is some information on how to start a new landscaping business in Pennsylvania.  You may want to start here:  How To Start A Landscaping Or Lawn Care Business.   The links below will also help with getting any lawn mowing, lawn care, property management or other similar businesses started.

You will want to properly plan before going through the registration process to make sure owning and running a business is for you.

How To Register A Landscaping Business In Pennsylvania

Getting started- The state of Pennsylvania has a website about starting a business in Pennsylvania here:  Start a Business In Pennsylvania Guide (PDF Download)

How to start a lawn care business in Pennsylvania

-Register your landscaping business name.

Find out more about registering a fictitious name here:  http://www.dos.pa.gov/BusinessCharities/Business/Resources/Pages/Fictitious-Names.aspx

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More on selecting a name for your new business here: How To Choose A Business Name

Some Name Ideas:  Landscaping Business Name Ideas

-Select your business structure.

Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc.  Find out more here: http://www.dos.pa.gov/BusinessCharities/Business/Documents/Business%20Guide.pdf

-Register your landscaping business.

You can register your new business with the state of Pennsylvania here: https://www.doreservices.state.pa.us/businesstax/PA100/FormatSelection.htm

-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: http://www.revenue.pa.gov/ and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business

-Offer Payment Options to Customers

Offering payment options with your bids will help you work with clients that don’t have all the cash up front.  Hearth’s software allows you to pre-qualify your customers (without affecting their credit score) directly from a mobile app so that you can win more business and larger project sizes, even on deductibles. With Hearth:
  • Loan amounts can range from $1,000-$100,000, and customers can get funds into their account in 1-5 days.
  • You can serve clients with credit scores as low as 500.
  • You’ll never pay per-loan dealer fees.
  • There are no minimum requirements to join!
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-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.

In Pennsylvania, you are required to register as a contractor.  In order to register, you must have liability insurance.

We work with ContractorsLiability.com because they’re the one-stop-shop for General Liability insurance and are able to get online quotes in all 50 states. Learn more >

More about liability insurance here: Contractor Liability Insurance

-Offer Payment Options to Customers

Offering payment options with your bids will help you work with clients that don’t have all the cash up front. 

Hearth’s software allows you to pre-qualify your customers (without affecting their credit score) directly from a mobile app so that you can win more business and larger project sizes, even on deductibles.

With Hearth:

  • Loan amounts can range from $1,000-$100,000, and customers can get funds into their account in 1-5 days.
  • You can serve clients with credit scores as low as 500.
  • You’ll never pay per-loan dealer fees.
  • There are no minimum requirements to join!

Claim your $100 Roofers Helper discount and get started here.

-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.

-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, Permits, Certifications

You may be required to obtain a license to operate a landscaping business, lawn care business, or any other similar business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.  You may also need to apply for permits depending on what type of work you will be doing.  If you are working with certain chemicals you may need to be certified.