Should I start by flying under the radar?

Many people who are considering the idea of starting their own lawn care business think that if they started off simple and ran a cash only business without being a legal registered company, it would improve their chances of success. In this discussion from the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum, we get more insight into that topic from people who have been there and know. Starting off on a bad footing and learning bad methods of operation tend to not lead to long term success.

One lawn care business business owner wrote “I was thinking about starting a lawn care on my weekends. Right now I’m in the pest control business and have been for 15 years. I have a commercial pest control license.

The main reason I was thinking about this is because I see a lot of folks in one day and they talk about this and that and their lawns. Many times they tell me they are not happy with their current lawn care provider. I usually ask them if they fertilize their lawn or if the person maintaining the lawn does it for them. The answer is always neither one of them do this. Go figure!

When and if I do decide to go into this business, I would like to do the fertilization part along with offering mowing, gutter cleaning etc. But I am not sure how to do this. I would like to fly under the tax and legal radar for a year or two to see if it will pan out first before complicating things too much. Does running a new business under the table for a while sound like a logical approach?”

A second lawn care business owner responded “I have to say that if you want to fly under the tax and legal system then please don’t start this business, you will be screwing all of the hard working folks that have been doing it by the book since day one. This type of business works and you don’t need to fly under the radar to find out if it does.

Almost every day I talk to a customer that says the guy that was just here will do it for half of what we will. That’s when I have to tell them all about the real cost of doing business and nobody who works for me is paid under the table and so on and so on. I feel like a broken record.

If you want to be here today and gone tomorrow then start off on the wrong foot right out of the gate. If you want to learn how to run a business properly, then get with the program and start up legit. There is no doubt in my mind that you will feel better about your business and yourself if you do.

There are a lot of start ups who think if you don’t play by the rules, you can charge a lot less and still make money, but what I have learned is you could make a lot more if you are legit and charged a lot more. You are missing out on a lot of money.”

A third shared “I used to work for some less than legit guys and becoming 100% legit was one of the reasons I went into business for myself. Having a company bank account, checks, debit card, and insurance actually has made me more successful than when things were not being done the right way. I have more pride and confidence in what I am doing because of that and it shows to the customer.

The whole cash under the table thing is not the way to run a business! Do it right from the start. Uninsured lowballers don’t stay in business for long. Be professional.”

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