How to Start a Landscaping Business In Virginia
When starting a landscaping or lawn care business in the state of Virginia, you will need to complete a few important steps in order to become a legal business. Your Virginia landscaping business could include gardening, lawn mowing, leaf removal, excavation, tree work, and more. You may want to start here: How To Start A Landscaping Or Lawn Care Business. You can find the links to help get your new landscaping business registered in Virginia below. You must do your own thorough research, as laws change regularly. Here are some steps you may have to take (not necessarily in order) to start your landscaping or lawn care company, along with links to more information.
Getting started– The state of Virginia provides a few helpful websites for getting your handyman business started: http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml and https://www.virginia.gov/Business/
1. Register your landscaping business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml
2. Select your business structure.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.bos.virginia.gov/starting.shtml
3. Register your landscaping business.
You can register your landscaping business with the state of Virginia here: https://bosapp.cyberdatainc.com/bos/
4. Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your landscaping business with your new business name.
You may want to file your own taxes if you are a small landscaping company. As you grow, it will be easier to have an accountant do the work. More info about taxes here: http://www.tax.virginia.gov/content/business-home 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.
Depending on what type of landscaping work you will be doing, you may need to register as a contractor in the state of Virginia. Find out more about how to register as a contractor here: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/boards/contractors/
8. Worker’s Compensation.
The insurance agency that provided your liability insurance should be able to help with this.
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 landscaping business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.
Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits for certain types of landscaping jobs.
Depending on what your landscaping project involves, you may be subject to inspections.