When I was young and didn't know any better I would do a lot of auto repairs for friends and relatives charging little or nothing. I got a bit smarter when they thought it was a joke when I asked them to mow for me.Doing to help a friend is very different than even covering your costs with side jobs. If our labor is tradeable would you be willing to clean my bathroom for one hour and I mow you lawn for an hour?
THAT is absolutely the BEST response every time, and....it avoids any hard feelings!UNLESS YOU really need the money, OR the neighbor is REALLY in need of help, I would play the insurance card.
“I’d like to do it and make some extra cash, BUT I CAN’T SINCE I DON’T HAVE INSURANCE to use my tractor off my property…”
JimmyJazz…My impression was that you were not old enough to qualify as a dirty old man!Whats she look like?
RCW, a source for young help can sometimes be found by contacting the local HS shop, ag teacher or coach. Ask if they have someone who grew up on a farm, or likes to work, or is mechanically minded, or responsible... those qualities will help you to find the right person.This is timely. I’ve weed whacked the hill toward the woods for 31 years. There’s a curtain-type ditch up there too. It’s all steep and uneven.
As I’m crowding 60 real hard, I don’t do well with it anymore.
Can still do the whole place in an hour, but I pay hell for it the next day.
I’ve tried to find a younger person that will do it with my trimmer if needed. No luck so far, but this gives me an idea what I could be looking at.
This is about half of it out back. Have another 400’ of road ditch out front.
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'Cat - - those are great recommendations. I know exactly what you mean about a former farm kid. Unfortunately, we have too many former farm kids...3 dairies went out in the last 6 weeks.RCW, a source for young help can sometimes be found by contacting the local HS shop, ag teacher or coach. Ask if they have someone who grew up on a farm, or likes to work, or is mechanically minded, or responsible... those qualities will help you to find the right person.
I was in the local hardware store last week looking for a rivet nut. You guy said oh we've got those... I visited with him and found his interest, got his phone number because he said he'd like to do anything mechanical and be outside. When I need somebody to help I have a place to start!
There is another part to that question....."how does she look again ?!/!/!?"I think you've gotten good advice thus far.
Just a note, if you have KTAC insurance, your tractor is likely covered on the neighbor's property. If you rely on a homeowner's policy, it is likely not the case.
Not to muddy water, just want you to be aware. I've done work at all of my nearby neighbors' places without regard or worry about insurance. It is also limited to occasional mowing and snowblowing if they need help.
Did a one acre lawn most of a summer after neighbor had heart attack. I don't charge anyone if they just need a helping hand once in a while. Your example is a steady commitment on 2 acres, so I'd view that differently. My charity doesn't go that far.....how does she look again?!?!?
No go hire professionals in their respective fields to make sure your legal in your business. No form of government care who is paying the taxes so long as they are paid. Period. There's a big difference between a single person running a business vs having employees and or retail space. Your assumptions are pompous, and based on a one shoe fits all mentality. Besides just having been through this with my wife, my father has ran his own business for nearly 30 years now. Besides setting up a DBA and getting insurance (which the customers request not the state) he's never had an LLC, corporation, or sole proprietor status. All sales taxes are included in the invoice. The tax estimates are paid quarterly, and reconciliation is done at the end of the year and filed under your personal taxes. Can't remember the tax form, but it's done every day by average people that did not fall into the false beliefs that an LLC or whatever will save them, their business or any property if they screw up on a job. The company can be sued and the individual (s) that preformed the work can be sued. If ypu don't believe me, feel free to contact the IRS and spend lots of time on the phone with them, then call your local municipality and spend a little time on the phone with them, then call the state. Then go talk to a certified accountant and finally talk with an attorney. I quite assure you I've not given any bad information. Besides all this hyping up about mowing a neighbors yard and insurance and everything were going on about we've successfully made a mountain out of a mole hill.I couldn't disagree more. But, believe what you want. It's your arse.
One other thing to mention here is that "mowing" is considered a maintenance item (like doing fertilizer treatments, mulching etc) and is subject to sales tax. Therefore, the good ol state of PA will be looking for their tax money. Many other services may be excluded from sales tax requirements IF they are in conjunction with other non taxable services.
Best of luck to you.