If you want to start a landscaping business, you are going to need more than a little landscaping or gardening knowledge, tools, and hanging a sign.
A service business, like landscaping, is considered to be one of the easiest business to begin and succeed with.
To make a flourishing “service" business that will make you money you will need to place a great deal of importance on your customer's satisfaction in your work and pleasure in the job that you have completed. This will be the groundwork in which you will make your business into one that will be able to support you.
You first need to research how to get a business permit in your area and apply for this permit. You may also need to see about getting a business license, as most cities and states require a license that is issued by the city and/or state. Some states also require a “landscape contractor" certification or license.
Learning about your chosen field is essential, as well as having some business knowledge. You will want to buy books that pertain to your business so that you can study and learn more about landscaping. You can also look online to find landscaping sites that will give you information about running your business and some landscaping ideas. Knowledge is the greatest thing that you can bring to a new business.
To set yourself apart from other landscaping businesses, you will want to describe your business niche creatively so that it appeals to a wide range of people. You can target many different types of work, including commercial landscapes, water gardens, home landscaping, etc.
To begin your business, you may want to do some residential landscaping. You can obtain these kinds of jobs through word of mouth advertising from satisfied customers, flyers, and newspaper, radio, and television advertising.
You will also need a trailer or truck for carrying around tools and materials that you will need for your job, including plants, bricks, pavers, rocks, lumber, etc.
You need to know that you have to solve your client's problems or meet their needs for you to get paid. That is why you need to clearly determine what they have in mind for their landscaping so they will be satisfied and you will get paid. Get to know your client well so that you know exactly what they are expecting from you.
Unsuccessful landscaping businesses are usually that way because they do not concentrate on keeping their clients satisfied and do not do their landscaping tasks well. That is why it is so important to pay attention to your clients and their satisfaction so your business will grow and prosper. Listen to your client because understanding their needs and performing your job to their expectations will make the difference between success or not.
A satisfied customer will be your greatest advertiser. If you keep your clients happy and content then they will be your clients for life and will bring you new customers when they tell their friends and family how happy they are with your service.
Andrew McNaught is a successful webmaster and publisher of Landscaping World Online where you can find out more about everything to do with landscape gardening.