There are a number of steps to start a legal landscaping or lawn care business in the state of South Carolina. Your South Carolina landscaping business could include gardening, lawn mowing, leaf removal, excavation, tree work, and more. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly. You may want to start here: How To Start A Landscaping Business.
Getting started– Two websites created by the state of South Carolina to help you start your business can be found here: http://www.sc.gov/business/Pages/STARTINGABUSINESS.aspx and https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Business-Resources
-Register your landscaping business name.
Find out more about registering a business name at STEP 2 at this link: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/User%20Identification%20of%20Appropriate%20Filing.pdf .
-Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/Business_Structures.pdf More here: Handyman Business Structure
-Register your lawn care business.
Find out more about how register your landscaping or lawn care business with the state of South Carolina here: http://www.sos.sc.gov/Business_Opportunities
-Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your lawn care 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: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/IRS_Link_Index_-_Critical_IRS_Information.pdf and http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-&-Self-Employed/Starting-a-Business
-Get Liability Insurance.
Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance. You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.
-Register as a Contractor.
Find out if you need to register as a landscaping contractor licensing here: https://www.scbos.sc.gov/Portals/0/Site/Business%20Resources/General_Business_License.pdf .
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
-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.
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.
Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of landscaping jobs.
-Special Certifications and Licenses.
You may possibly need to be certified or licensed to work with certain fertilizers or other lawn chemicals.