So this spring, I intend on starting my own small business. I have read all sorts of information on how to start it legit, or at least the best possible way for first starting out. Yet I always keep running into confusions. It would be very advantageous for me, if someone can just tell it to me straight....in terms of taxes, insurances, workman's comp, etc......all tips are helpful. I am keeping it simple. I now live in a small town in New York. Word of mouth gets a lot of work around here. I will be working with one other guy (good hometown friend) as my groundman. But I want him and I to be taken care of, without being devastated by finances (if this is possible). I will be working low maintenance - Truck / chipper / trailer when needed. I also have 2 companies I will be "subcontracting" to, and most likely 2 plus days a week (only me as the climber). I have relatively secure work with them because they really don't have my climbing skills, and I think they just like my company. Not that I am a master, they just haven't been trained properly on technical removals and prunes alike. Nor do I think they want to. So "Powers Tree Care" will be a small business, making up probably 50% or less of my work, with one guy (who will also have a different part time gig). What's the best way to approach all of this? I know some of you could write a thesis on this with your wisdom throughout the years; yet I am hoping for a layman's explanation and what to watch for, what not to miss, etc. Thanks guys.