First of all, hey! my name is jim and i'm from Raleigh, NC. I work in apartment maintenance full time and am considering trying to start a small pool cleaning business on the side. Up until i got this job me and a good buddy cut grass all summer and grew to be pretty big. However with my work schedule now i will not have time to cut any grass this year. I was trying to think of other things that I could do and still fit in my schedule to make some extra income and am thinking about pool cleaning.
I am CPO certified both nationally and in my county of residence so i have an understanding of chemicals/water balance and of course how to properly clean a pool.
I do have a few questions for any of you that may be in the business though. I know with lawn service we did not have to have a a proper "license" but insurance was a pretty big deal. If i were to try and start a pool company would i just need a general liability policy? Would i have to own an actual company(tax id number, etc. ) to get this insurance in this business? Or could I get a personal policy?
Also just wondering what most companies do as far as cleaning/chem, i'm assuming you carry your own skimmer, rake, pole, vacuum and hose around? What about the chemicals, do you just keep a stock of chemicals and charge a customer for what you use out of your stock?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated, Thanks!