I was wondering if anyone here owns their own lanscaping company. I've
dreamed of starting my own and now that I've finally mustered up the
courage I don't know where to begin. Maybe I can learn a thing or two
from those of you who have been in the same situation. How did you get
Any advise is welcome :)
After starting (and selling) several successful companies myself, I see a
series of 'steps' (if you'll call them that) to getting going.
Usually the initial activity (landscaping in this case) interests one enough
and one becomes good enough at it to where others start paying for your
services. I call that a 'paying hobby' and the majority of the government
agencies recognize that. You don't just 'wake up' one day and become a
company- you generally 'ease into it'.
But there comes a point (here I was told it was around the $7,000 in
earnings mark) where you've made enough money that it's generally not
considered a 'hobby' anymore. Then it's time to get a business license and
all the other stuff that goes along with that. If you keep working on a
'planning timeline' and pay attention to the proper 'sequence of events' you
can make a smooth transition from hobby to business without any interruption
in service (and without working 23 hour days).
Good luck on your new business!
Get a part time job working for someone in the industry, you'll
learn real quick. No one can post what you need in training if
you've never done it. Be sure to charge enough for your service
too. (that's the main cause of new start-up failure)
Work, work, work and do a good, no, excellent job and you will get paid,
paid, paid. Try to learn a little about construction, plants and
Then get a job with an existing company till you are able to do things
On Wed, 23 Feb 2005 12:01:08 -0600, whilst I was lookin AdLib
Well I do not own my own landscaping company but I do business
consultations along with creating business plans.
When people ask about wanting to be in business for theirselves I will
mention that there are some businesses that are always in demand and
one of them is doing general yard work. And personally I know this
for a fact because I live in an area that has a lot of homes with
surrounding grounds! I don't know how you're defining landscaping -
are you talking general yard work or more specific kinds of
Basically one of your main concerns will be getting clients and the
best way to do that is to let them know that you are in business. Now
if you're serious about wanting to do this as a business then you will
want to do the plain mundane things on a continuing basis and not just
once which means that you should have a business plan. No matter what
kind of business you are thinking of starting you will be doing more
than just getting customers and getting paid. You will have to deal
with the "business" aspect of running a business or you won't have a
business for long!
So if your main concern is first to get customers you will have to let
them know that you are in business. That means flyers and business
cards and any other kind of marketing, advertising and promotional
things that you can do.
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