Starting a landscaping business can be a great way to either earn extra money, or even to start your own independent financial journey as a business owner.
The great news about landscaping is that it’s actually a really profitable market.
Plus, there’s a high demand for it.
Everyone wants their yard to look beautiful.
And for many people, paying for it is the best way to go.
If you have a love for this type of thing, and could easily see yourself managing a landscaping crew, then this may be the best type of business for you.
But how do you get started? And how do you make this type of business profitable?
Well, you’re about to learn 5 easy steps that you can deploy today to answer that question and get started.
Let’s dive into it.
1. Do The Paperwork And Get Set Up
There’s a little bit of paperwork required in order for you to start a business—and landscaping is no exception.
First of all, you’re going to need a local business license.
Secondly, depending on your state or municipality, there may be a few other documents that you’ll need to get an order.
Depending on how you plan to structure the business, you may start it as a sole proprietorship, or form an LLC so that you can create the business as its own legal entity.
In either case, you’ll just want to make sure that you do the research and fill out all the appropriate forms and paperwork.
If you’re unsure what all is required, check in with your local Chamber of Commerce. They can help to point you in the right direction.
2. Get Insurance
When it comes to landscaping, there are some different types of business insurance that you’re going to want to procure.
One thing about landscaping is that it’ll require you to break ground on other people’s property.
So for this reason, you’ll definitely want to make sure you’ve got some general liability insurance in place.
What if you accidentally damaged something that the client didn’t want you to damage?
As a landscaper, it’s important that you have liability insurance in place to cover such things.
You may also need some other types of insurance (such as EO insurance, unemployment insurance, and workman’s compensation insurance) in place to help you cover yourself in other ways as well.
Insurance is important because you want to make sure that you’re protected in case things go wrong.
3. Start Marketing
Marketing is challenging for some people.
But here’s the thing:
This is basically the process by which you will advertise your services, get client attention, and inevitably earn your landscaping projects and contracts.
The good news about marketing is that there’s a lot of free information out there to help you get started.
The bad news is that it takes a while—and it’s a lot of work.
However, once you get your ‘marketing machine’ all set up and running, you’ll be able to enjoy a steady stream of clients who’ll be eager to hire you and pay you for your valuable landscaping services.
4. Get Your First Client
It’s incredibly exciting to land your first big landscaping client.
In fact, getting the first one is always the most challenging.
The clients that follow will be much easier to get—mostly because now you’ll have some experience, some references, and even some pictures of your work that you can advertise and use to show people the quality of your craft.
5. Deliver Value And Repeat
At this point, you’ll be ready to continue the journey of getting more clients and repeat business—to move your company forward into a successful and profitable future.
Just always remember to continue providing value, and to continue to take care of your clients so that you can keep getting those referrals and repeat business.
This will be the ‘bread and butter’ of your local landscaping business—and it’s an important thing to think about.
There you have it.
5 easy steps to start a landscaping business.
Equipped with these tips, you’ll now be ready to begin your own landscaping company, and build it from the ground up.
You’ve got this.
Now get out there and make it happen.