Lawn care business start up tips.

It can be very difficult to figure out what lawn care equipment you need when you are just getting started out because the equipment need is going to be based on the services you offer and the size of the properties you plan on mowing or landscaping. That is why it is so important to create a lawn care business plan early on and test it. With constant planning, testing, and tweaking, you can scale up your new lawn care business with out too much wasteful spending. That exactly what this one business owner avoided when he asked about business planning on The Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum.

He wrote “I have been doing some seasonal landscaping for about 5 years now. I am at the point where I just would like to go out on my own and do it for myself. I am thinking I will need a ride on mower, I’m looking at getting a 60″ ztr. For the area I look to do most of my business I believe I will need a large ride on mower to get the lawns done within a reasonable amount of time and at a reasonable profit.

While I am getting my awn care business started, I am finding I have more and more questions. One of the things I’m trying to figure out is if I will need to get customers to sign lawn care contracts before I buy equipment.

Creating a lawn care business plan

Creating a lawn care business plan

Another thing I’d like to see and learn more about is where to start. I plan on beginning my landscape business in the spring. I have a truck and a utility trailer so far, but clearly I have a lot of equipment to purchase. Before I start out my major investments into a mower, blower, etc. I’d like to put together some sort of a business plan. What steps should I take to create my business plan? Beyond that, what are the first steps I should take in general? Should I buy lawn equipment before I have any contracts or clients? Do you suggest I gather information from clients first and try to get a few accounts in the off-season before I buy equipment? As you can tell I am a bit nervous about this.”

A second lawn care business owner said “I think the first thing you should start with is writing down your lawn care business plan. You can download business plan templates on the Gopher Lawn Care Business Forum that will help you with structuring it.

Next, figure out what services you will provide. I know you said landscaping but there are many services and you can try as many as you want or focus on a few.

Example: doing patios, retaining walls, etc (hardscapes) or perhaps more on planting or drain installations… Figure out what you would like to do and this will tell you what equipment you will need.

I didn’t start out with too much equipment. A truck, trailer, rakes, shovels, two wheelbarrows, hammers, levels, tape measures, etc. small stuff. you can rent the bigger machines when you get jobs that will need the. Example: sod cutters, bobcats, ditch diggers, etc.

After that I would figure out where you want to do this work. I don’t know how big of a town or city it is where you live but if it is a smaller town, you can market to the whole town. if you live in a bigger city, you can focus on certain parts of the city or certain neighborhoods.

Since you want to start in the spring, you have more than enough time to plan this. This year you can follow other landscaping companies and check where they are doing business. Then you know in which areas people pay for landscaping or lawn services. With that information you will know what areas to target your lawn care marketing to.

If you have the time this year, I’d suggest starting now at least part time so you can start to get a feel for things.”

A third lawn care business owner said “keep your lawn care business plan simple. Get you business name out there, with flyers, door hangers, business cards, etc. It is not worth investing any money in a landscaping company if no one knows about you. So don’t go out there and blow all your cash on a 60″ mower when you have no idea who is going to sign up with you as a customer at first. You might end up with tiny lots to mow that have 36″ gates you can’t get that mower through!

Also start out by offering limited services. As you pickup more clients you can feel out what they need and what services are the most profitable to you and then add those services to your list of services offered.

Trying to be all things to all people is a recipe for disaster.”

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