Hello. I'm new to this forum and I'm hoping to find some help on what is sure to be a long quest that I've been working on.
I am working on putting together a company that does many things. My main focus is to be to offer services that are "Green" with the intention of saving my customers money over the long term and of course minimizing their carbon footprint. My goal is to have a company that offers these services:
Native and low-water/maintenance Landscaping
Solar Panel installation
Energy-saver windows and doors
Sola-tubes and attic fans
I figure that the landscaping business is actually going to be a separate company with a different staff of different skill-sets. The rest of the services can be offered by a team of contractors.
I've had a really hard time finding where to even start! I don't want to spend hours on a business plan yet because I need to make sure it is even going to be possible for me to attain the licenses I need which is my main question for this board. Do I need to attain a different license for all these services or will a General Contractor License suffice? Should I be looking at finding contractors to partner with instead of going at this all alone? I understand how ambitious this project is, I currently have a government job which is very safe and secure so my goal is to start this business while keeping that job for my family. I guess I'm more looking to be a business owner with a crew of guys doing the majority of the work while I keep the government job and help out on as many jobs as I can on my days off.
I'm open to all kinds of ideas, suggestions, guidance, etc. As long as you don't tell me to give up on the idea!
Thanks for any time and help ahead of time.
Edit: Guess it could help to note that I am located in the San Diego area in California