How to Start a Landscaping Business In Florida
Here is information on how to start your own landscaping business, lawn care, landscape design, lawn mowing, or any other property care business in Florida.
There are specific requirements on how to start a landscaping business in Florida. 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.
Here is a website to help you get started with your business in Florida: http://www.floridatrend.com/small-business
1. Register your landscaping business name.
Find out more about registering a fictitious name here: https://efile.sunbiz.org/ficregintro.html
2. Choose a business structure for your landscaping company.
Sole-proprietor, LLC, Partnership, Corporation, etc. Find out more here: http://www.floridatrend.com/small-business
3. Register your new landscaping business.
You can register your landscaping business with the state of Florida here: Florida Business Registration
4. Open a new Business Checking Account.
Open a separate bank account for your business with your new landscaping business name.
More information about taxes here:
6. Liability Insurance.
Find an insurance agent that offers liability insurance. You may want to shop around, as prices and options can vary.
In order to register as a contractor in Florida, you must have liability insurance.
7. Register as a Contractor.
Depending on what type of work you will be doing, you may need to register as a contractor. There is a fee to register. The registration fee must be paid every other year. There are two types of contractor licenses in Florida- Registered and Certified. Registration – The applicant has taken and passed a local competency examination and can practice only within that locale. Certification – The applicant has taken and passed an examination and can practice throughout Florida. You can find out more about applying for your registration here: Florida Contractor Registration .
8. 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.
9. Get Health Insurance.
You will need health insurance for you and your employees.
10. City License.
Check with your local laws to see if you need a business license to operate your landscaping business in a particular city.
Depending on the locale, you may need to apply for permits before commencing certain types of landscaping jobs.