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

1. 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

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

Some Name Ideas:  Landscaping Business Name Ideas

2. 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

3.  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

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 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

6.  Get Liability Insurance.

Depending on what type of landscaping or lawn care business you are starting, you may want or need liability insurance.  Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance.  You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.