Below, you can see how to start a lawn care, landscaping or any other type of property care business in Texas. Some examples of property care are: gardening, leaf removal, lawn mowing, pond maintenance, excavation, yard design, tree trimming, etc.
How to Register A Lawn Care Business In Texas
Here are some steps you may have to take to start your own landscaping or lawn care company, along with links to more information.
Getting Started- The State of Texas has a guide for starting a business here: https://texaswideopenforbusiness.com/start-business
1. Register your Texas lawn care business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/forms_boc.shtml
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 a business structure for your lawn care company.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/businessstructure.shtml
3. Register your lawn care business with the State of Texas.
You can register your landscaping or lawn care business with the state of Texas here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/corp/forms_boc.shtml
4. Open a Business Checking Account.
You will need to open a separate bank account for your business with your new business name.
5. File Taxes
An accountant can help with this. More information about taxes here: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxes/ 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. Prices and options can vary depending on the insurance provider and type of insurance.
7. Worker’s Compensation.
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.
You may be need to get a license to operate your lawn care business in a particular locale, whether you are a resident, or not.