Want to know something interesting? It doesn’t take much money at all to start a small landscaping business. In fact, all you simply need is some form of pickup truck, a power mower and a little knowledge and experience to support your landscaping business and lift it off the ground (literally!) Better yet, unless you’re definitely an indoor person who complains about being exposed to the elements, then your landscaping business will almost certainly be a success! From keeping gardens groomed and planting vibrant flowers to boost the value of a property, to incorporating tree benches into the mix, to find out how you can start the ultimate landscaping business continue reading.
Develop a Mission Statement
Once you have (finally) chosen a name for your business and identified your goals so you know exactly what you want to achieve with your new landscaping business, it’s time to develop a mission statement. Mission statements are the ideal way to help define who you are, and what your priorities are. Any businesses mission statement should be able to identify what they do and how they do it, as well as who their customers are, and what value they bring to the customer compared to the rest of the industry.
Create a Business Plan
As well as self-motivation and commitment to start a landscaping business, you will need a business plan. Your business plan should include an overview of your business, an offer of explanation identifying how the business will function, a market analysis and explanation of who your target market is and how your service will be catered to suit each individual’s needs and requirements, a description to clarify the product(s) you will sell or service(s) you provide, sales and marketing information and a financial plan. It may look like a lot of information to cram into a single document, but it will help your landscaping business stay on track to achieving business goals and objectives.
Consider Startup Expenses
Now, before you start a landscaping business, it’s better to put some money aside before getting started. To successfully start a landscape business, you will most likely need some device with internet access, as well as the right licensing and insurance. Insurance types include Occupational Accidental and General Liability. Both of these licenses protect you, the new business owner, from a number of claims, including personal injury and accidental property damage.
Depending on the service you plan to provide, that will be highlighted in your business plan, you may also require a lawn mower, trimmer and edger, as well as smaller tools for various tasks including rakes and shears. If you’re starting your landscaping business empty handed, you will also need to invest in safety equipment such as safety goggles to protect your eyes and noise canceling headphones. When we said “it doesn’t take much money at all to start a small landscaping business”, we might’ve been exaggerating a little. You’ll probably need around £15,000 to get the correct tools for the job – not much in the grand scheme of things, but it could be a little steep, to begin with.
Getting a Business License
To get your new landscaping business into full swing, you may need a business license. It’s a relatively easy process. But be warned, you may need to pay a fee of up to £200 annually to maintain your business license.
Scope of Service
Finally, you can decide what services to offer, at a price suitable for the sustainment of your new landscaping business. Generally, landscaping companies offer tree and shrub trimming, as well as weeding and lawn mowing services. What are you want to offer is entirely up to you, and you can do some basic research on competitor landscaping companies in your area to get an idea of the popularity of the certain services close to home!