Starting a lawn care business is a viable option for budding entrepreneurs who like to pride themselves on the high standards of care that they deliver to their own lawn and garden. Working outdoors can be very rewarding and many find it a lot more enjoyable than working at a desk – fresh air every day, plus you don’t need to go on holiday to get a tan! You’d be surprised at the amount of people who are willing to pay a professional to care for their lawn, and of course there are a number of large businesses who need lawn care too.
A lawn care business can start out as something as simple as cutting grass for friends and neighbors on the weekend, or you could start a full-scale landscaping business – it’s up to you!
Tools and Equipment.
Before you get started as a lawn care professional, you’ll need to have all the right tools and equipment in order to do the best job. When it comes time to buy your lawn equipment, you shouldn’t go out and buy the cheapest equipment you can find. “You have to be fast and efficient in the lawn care business”, says Golden Thomas with Top Choice Lawn Care in Austin, and when it comes to lawn equipment, Thomas suggests buying equipment that won’t break the bank but that will also help you get the job done fast while still doing a quality job.
You will need a basic array of tools, including a mower, trimmers, a blower, edgers, and hand tools such as loppers, rakes and shovels to get you started, and as your business progresses you can add more advanced equipment to your collection. Don’t forget that you’ll also need a vehicle to transport your equipment in, with a truck or large van being the best option.
Your Business Plan.
Unless you’re only planning to do some lawn care as a favor for neighbors from time to time, it’s a good idea to map out a business plan for your company, no matter how small you start out. Your business plan should include such things as which services you offer, which areas you cover, and suggestions for further growing and developing your lawn care business in the future. Having a business plan, no matter how simple, will help your business to grow and perform more efficiently, and it is also usually necessary for insurance purposes.
When it comes to finding clients for a lawn care business, word of mouth is often the best form of marketing. Do a job for a friend or neighbor, and ask them to refer you to people that they know in order to make a name for yourself in the area. You may also want to consider setting up a business website displaying before and after photographs of your work and contact details for yourself so potential customers can get in touch about the services that you offer. Social networking is also a great marketing tool – set up a Facebook page for your business that you can use to display photos of your work, prices, customer reviews and more. The more followers you have on social media, the more potential clients your business will be exposed to.
Starting a lawn care business is possible for anyone who knows the basics of gardening and taking care of a lawn! It’s a business option that can be started small and grow as far as you like – good luck with your new venture!
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