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How To Start a Landscaping Business

Starting up a landscape business

Landscaping can be a fun, rewarding way to make a living. Owning your own landscaping business can be a dream come true for some but a nightmare for others.

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When you consider starting your own company, don’t forget to consider the start up cost involved with licenses, insurance and equipment. All cities and states require some sort of license to perform work within their jurisdiction. You must have general liability insurance to cover any accidents or damage that you may cause during the course of your work. And what good is a landscaper without a lawn mower?

You must determine if you intend to have a crew or do the work yourself. Hiring employees means having to keep track of payroll, timecards, schedules, etc. This can be an added stress to an already stressful situation. Consider hiring a payroll company to handle this if possible.

When you are ready to start, you must find customers. You have many options of advertising. Most landscapers go door to door handing out flyer in neighborhoods and to local businesses. Create a flyer that describes the type of services you offer and your contact information.

When it is time to collect payment, you will be the one handing out invoices and requesting checks. Make sure that you will be able to do this part. It is often the unpaid invoices that put a small business out of business. Without cash flow in, there is no way you can stay in business.

It is suggested that you have enough start up capital to cover three months of expenses. This will make sure that if you have a bad month, you will still be able to meet the financial obligations that will arise. And as a landscaper, don’t forget to save up for the few months that weather will prevent the need for your services (or add a snow blower and snow plow to your equipment list!)

If you decide that owning a landscaping business is for you, go into it with your eyes wide open and a little change in your pocket, just in case.

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