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Old 03-31-2005, 08:27 AM
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Starting My Own Business

No I don't want to start an auto shop. I'm seriously thinking about starting a lawn care business, I've been trying to think of a name for it but I cant think of anything good. Anyone got any ideas as to what I could use for a name? Right now I'm just calling it Wayne's Lawncare. oh and another thing can anyone help me come up with a company slogan type phrase?

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Old 03-31-2005, 09:05 AM
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How bout

The Weed Man...

Except you would probably get calls looking for something other than lawn care
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How bout

The Weed Man...

Except you would probably get calls looking for something other than lawn care

Already is a company with that name, at least here in Canada......

"Grass is Us"..

"Waynes World of Lawncare".....
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Old 03-31-2005, 11:32 AM
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Call it the Turf Tomahawker, or the Lawn Ranger.
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Old 03-31-2005, 12:16 PM
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How bout

The Weed Man...

Except you would probably get calls looking for something other than lawn care
Yeah where I live there'd probably be a line of people outside my door if I were to call it that.
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Old 03-31-2005, 12:18 PM
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so far none of these sound very appealing to me. sorry, any more
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SilentLion Lawncare

We'll trim your bush or grind your stump,
Price so low, it'll make you jump !!

<snicker>


Your choice:
Mow the lawn or go play golf?
We'll cover for you !
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Old 03-31-2005, 01:34 PM
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Hey I like that first one

Second aint that bad either
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Old 04-05-2005, 12:21 PM
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I FInally thought of a good name. GrassMaster ? good bad? now I gotta see if theres alraedy a company with that name.
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Sounds like a good name but you gotta watch out for guys like me when you put your flyers up, some one could come up and cover up the G and R and make it say *** master! Then you might be getting calls for something else other than mowing lawns.
But other than that it sounds like a good original name.


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Old 04-06-2005, 07:14 AM
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thanks, that would be kinda funny, to have someone call and leave a message saying that they are looking for the a** master
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Lion Lawn

We are on the prowl for weeds

We hunt down your turf problems

The pride of your lawn
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To officially register your name it can cost you 1.5k. That's what my dad paid for his "Explore Canada Inc." registration.



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no offense but lawn care is lawn care, as long as you can cut grass, people don't really care what your name is. price, quality, and reliability is all you need to worry about.
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no offense but lawn care is lawn care, as long as you can cut grass, people don't really care what your name is. price, quality, and reliability is all you need to worry about.
I would say formal incorporation is only really worthwhile if you plan on expanding it into a full time business with more employees than just yourself, and a lot of assets such as trucks and equipment.

Not sure how taxes would work but if you incorporate, you have to deal with company taxes, annual audits and a whole bunch of other costs associated with maintaining a company.

I wouldn't over complicate things for yourself, at least not to begin with.

A good idea might be to set up a website where people within a given area (that you decide) can even book you online for yard work, they would type in their address and list what they want you to do. The site would have time slots for the days and times you are available and it would automatically update to reflect when you are already booked, and it would have your contact info, and rates for various types of work.

Don't know how good you are with web design but it could work really well. It would be one way you could expand your little business in the future by adding your buddies to the system, opening up more time slots for people to book. You would be able to just print out a schedule for the day with the names, contact info, address and type of work expected for each job.

Then you might want to think about incorporating, depending on how you decided to handle cash flow and paying others who worked for you. It is a real help for a company to have it's own bank account, and that will require incorporation.

When you get into paying some real taxes, there can also be advantages to having your own company as some expenses will be tax deductible, you can start claiming back tax on the gas and wear and tear on your vehicle(s) used for work, even a percentage of your rent if the company officially works from your home.

It is important to get someones advice who knows the law about these things though, the law here in South Africa is probably different from the U.S.

We have a type of company called a CC which is just a closed corporation, and doesn't have to be audited. I know you guys have LLC's but I think that is the same as our (Pty) Ltd's, you still have to submit audited financials each year.

Try some of the online incorporation companies. Just do a google search for 'U.S. incorporation' or 'online U.S. incorporation'. You will find a lot of companies offering online incorporation and filing services and get a good idea of cost that way.

Rich
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