Was your first job cutting your neighbors' lawns to earn some spending money? Do you enjoy working outdoors instead of a cramped office or noisy factory? Have you always dreamed of starting your own business?
If so, a career as a landscaper could be an excellent fit. You can provide a valuable, in-demand service by helping businesses and homeowners keep their properties in immaculate condition — and possibly earn a nice living doing it.
Following these landscaping business tips can improve the odds of a successful venture:
Whether you intend to start your landscaping business in the neighborhood where you live or in another part of town, it's beneficial to learn as much about your market as possible. This information will help you determine which services you should offer besides grass-cutting, such as pruning, irrigation, mulching, landscape design and gardening.
Earning certifications increases your industry knowledge and demonstrates your commitment to landscaping as a career. It also validates your expertise in specific landscaping/lawn care aspects. You'll gain your customers' trust and get an edge over your competitors. The National Association of Landscaping Professionals offers certification programs in lawn care management, horticulture, interior/exterior design and other areas.
As a budding business owner, you'll need to decide whether a sole proprietorship, limited liability company (LLC) or partnership arrangement (if you plan to bring others into your venture) is the most appropriate operating structure for your new entity. You'll also have to develop a marketing plan to attract customers and become familiar with taxes, insurance and all the other aspects of running a small business.
Unless you live in a warm climate, your landscaping business probably won't be a year-round operation. You'll need to become a budgeting expert so you can stretch your funds over the winter. Many landscapers turn to snow removal to earn additional income and stay afloat during the colder months.
Your equipment will be the lifeblood of your landscaping business — you don't want to take shortcuts or choose machines that don't get the job done. If you're getting started and funds are tight, consider the benefits of renting as needed. You can acquire job-specific products that ensure the best results, and you won't have to make a significant upfront investment. You can also expand your fleet quickly to meet the increased demand when business starts booming.
The Cat® Rental Store in your area has what you need to get your enterprise off the ground — everything from backhoe loaders and mini excavators to tree spades, stump grinders, brush chippers and much more. Your local Cat dealer can also provide attachments that can quickly transform some machines into snow removal equipment during the winter. Our rates are competitive, and you can rely on your dealer's team for excellent service every step of the way.Find The Cat Rental Store Near You