How to Start a Landscaping Business

Detailed guide with helpful information on fees, costs, requirements, licenses, formation, marketing, and hiring. Also includes tips, FAQs, and a checklist.

Updated on March 31st, 2020

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A landscaping business offers services that help create and maintain commercial and residential gardens. Landscaping services include chemical applications, landscape design and construction, tree-planting, and much more.

In the United States, the Landscaping Services industry had an annual growth rate of 4.6% between 2014 - 2019. According to our research, the landscaping service contributing most to this overall growth is landscape maintenance, with 32% of landscape business owners reporting it as their fastest growing income.

In addition, the landscaping industry generated a combined total revenue of just over $99 billion in 2019, growing exponentially in the last six years.

Starting a landscaping business can be a lucrative option for entrepreneurs who have a knack for landscaping or working in the “green” industry. To help you launch a landscaping business in this growing industry, follow our step-by-step guide.

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How to Start a Landscaping Business:

1. Decide if starting a landscaping business is for you.

Before you open your landscaping business, make sure it's the best career decision for you. Do you have experience in the landscaping industry? Do you know basic gardening techniques? Many landscapers obtain valuable experience working for another company or through side jobs before taking on the challenge of starting a business.

To be a landscaper, you'll need to be physically fit, and have excellent knowledge of design, gardening techniques, and different plants. Ideally, you will need to invest some time in learning gardening basics and techniques, as well as the different requirements of plants and special environments.

Designing a large garden will be challenging. For every new client, you will need to consider their plot size, climate, personal taste, budget, and more. Have you worked with a budget? What experience do you have designing large gardens in warm climates? Make sure you are prepared to learn and improve your skills over time.

Within this industry, you'll have the opportunity to create a flexible work schedule, work on your own, and expand your business over time. While this all might be appealing, there is more to starting a lawn care or landscaping business. The industry requires extensive gardening knowledge, licensing, and skills.

Evaluate your decision, the job responsibilities, and the costs it will require. Make sure you are prepared financially and physically to take on this new job.

Responsibilities of a Landscaper:

  • Pruning.
  • Mowing.
  • Trimming.
  • Designing.
  • Maintenance.
  • Water plants.
  • Oversee repairs.
  • Budgeting.

2. Research the landscaping industry.

In the United States, landscaping businesses have proven to be profitable, netting over $99 billion in 2019, according to our research. But where will your business fit into this growing industry?

Research statistics in your area. Before you start setting up your business, make sure you do the research regarding landscaping businesses in and around your ideal location.

  • How many landscaping businesses are active in your community?
  • What type of services do they offer?
  • How much do they charge?
  • Who is the target market?
  • Which part of your community are they generally based in?

Gather all the statistics and compile a comprehensive report to evaluate the potential success of different landscaping businesses in your state and community.

Determine your growth potential. One of your main goals will be to grow your business over time. But, before you can do that, you need to research your growth potential. Are you based in a colder climate? How will this affect your potential growth? In addition, if your community is overpopulated with landscaping businesses, your business might get lost in the crowd. Make sure your business has the opportunity to grow into a profitable business.

Research your target market. Your list of potential customers should include homeowners, developers, newlyweds, and busy families. Research the different target markets in your area, as well as the special gardening services they prefer.

Your customer's gardening needs will vary by location, age, and profession. You may not be able to get all these details immediately, but by understanding your potential target market, you can determine what services you will be able to offer over time.

Target Market for Landscaping & Lawn Maintenance:

Landscaping

Lawn Maintenance

Homeowners who don't have the vision, skills or tools to design their own garden.

Facility managers for public gardens, historic buildings, municipalities, universities, and other public places.

New homeowners.

Retirees.

Homeowners who plan to put their home on the market.

Travelers with winter homes.

Developers of residential and commercial properties.

Rental property or condominium association managers.

Get educated. Starting your own landscaping business will be challenging. Landscaping companies that offer design services are often started by people with a degree in landscape architecture. To start a lawn maintenance company, you won't require a degree.

However, you should be skilled with basic gardening processes like mowing, trimming and pruning. If you're interested in studying further, research horticulture courses in your local community to learn about gardening, irrigation, and other important techniques.

Read books. If you are new to the landscaping industry, it can be overwhelming to step into a crowded business space. To prepare yourself for this major step, consider researching different books. These are generally written and curated by experienced professionals that can advise you on the best practices and techniques required to start a landscaping or lawn care business.

Best Books to Read Before Starting a Landscaping Business:

  1. Green Side Up: Straight Talk on Growing & Operating A Profitable Landscape Business, by Ed Laflamme.
  2. How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Landscaping, Nursery, Or Lawn Service Business by Lynn Wasnak.
  3. How to Start a Home-Based Landscaping Business by Owen E. Dell.
  4. Cracking the Code to Profit: The Blueprint for Building a Real Business in the Lawn Care and Landscaping Industry by Ryan J. Sciamanna.
  5. Lawn Care Business Bidding Tips, Upsells, and Disasters to Avoid by Steve Low.

3. Decide what type of landscaping business you want to open.

There are three main types of landscaping businesses: landscaping architecture, groundskeeping, and lawn maintenance. Each business offers similar benefits and services, with the major difference being the design and layout of the garden, a responsibility the landscaping architect would take on.

Landscaping architecture. This service attempts to transform the current physical landscape of a piece of property. Customers who lack the skill set or tools to design their own garden may be interested in someone to do high-level work on their property. This business usually involves working on large, open, and public spaces.

Lawn maintenance. This service offers basic care for pre-existing grass and other plants. Some states and neighborhoods have regulations regarding basic standards for lawn care. While your business may also offer landscaping services, doing general lawn work as well can be a good way to establish a customer base and cash flow in your business during the early stages.

Groundskeeping. Similar to lawn maintenance, groundskeeping is the service of tending an area of land for functional purposes. Groundskeepers generally work alone or in small groups. Their hours are more frequent than lawn maintenance crews who tend to gardens once or twice a week/month. Many commercial businesses with large gardening spaces employ permanent groundskeeping staff.

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It's important to note that lawn care businesses will mainly thrive during summer and spring, depending on the weather climate in your state. If you want your business to earn steady cash flow, consider doing off-season work, such as raking and collecting leaves during the fall, or shoveling snow in the winter.

4. Create a business plan.

A well-researched and comprehensive business plan is the foundation of any new business. This important strategic tool will help you focus on your short and long-term goals, document strategies, and list your financial expectations.

Your business plan should include:

  • Executive summary.
  • Company description.
  • Description of products/services.
  • Market analysis.
  • Strategy.
  • Organization.
  • Financial plan and projections.

In addition, your business plan is a valuable asset to have when approaching investors, bankers or potential partners. Your business plan will act as a professional document that will help you communicate plans, strategies, and objectives.

5. Name your landscaping business.

If you want customers to identify you, talk about you and recommend you, you need a catchy and memorable business name. Your business name will represent you and your services. Therefore, it's important to take your time on this step. Write down your name ideas and test them with friends, family, and business partners.

Before you register your business name, check with the Secretary of State's (SOS) office in your state to ensure that your business name is not already registered with the SOS. In addition, if your business requires a company website, it will be wise to conduct a domain name search. If your desired business name is available, you can register it as your domain name.

6. Choose your business structure.

There are four common business structures:

  • Sole Proprietorship: owned and managed by one individual. No legal distinction between the owner and the business.

  • Partnership: a legal agreement between two or more individuals who share management and profits.

  • Limited Liability Company (LLC): offers the protection of a corporation but only the owners pay taxes on business profits.

  • Corporation: the more formal structure available which includes offices and board of shareholders.

Each business structure offers its own advantages and disadvantages. With a partnership or sole proprietor, you will have an easier time filing your taxes. However, if you choose a corporation or LLC, you are able to limit your liability for anything that happens while you operate your business.

Your ideal business structure should give you the best liability protection, and tax and financial benefits. In addition, specific versions of some of these structures, such as limited partnerships and S corporations, are available.

7. Obtain applicable licenses and permits.

To operate a landscaping business, you won't always need a general business license. However, each state is different. In order to legally operate your business, you will need to research and understand the state and local licensing laws that oversee lawn care businesses.

Regulations that Affect Landscapers:

  • Fertilizers and pesticides: Part of the job includes working with many toxic chemicals, which can contaminate public water resources. Therefore local jurisdictions regulate the use of fertilizers and pesticides. You may need an additional license if you plan on using one of these.
  • Irrigation: In some states, water is scarce. You might need to use different techniques that bring water to your customer's land. States, particularly in the American Southwest, regulate this kind of water transfer, so you will need to be familiar with local laws and permits.
  • Waste removal: Your line of work can produce a large amount of waste in the form of extra dirt, grass clippings, branches, and other forms of waste. You will need to know how the local jurisdiction expects you to deal with this type of waste.

Contractor license.

In most states, you will need to obtain a landscape contractor license in order to do landscaping work. Typically, the requirements for contractor licensing is applicable when you conduct specific activities or projects over a certain amount of time. However, the requirements that you have to meet vary significantly between different states.

Most Common Requirements for a Landscape Contractor License:

  • Sufficient practical experience. You must meet your state’s criteria in terms of professional experience, which may vary depending on the licensing authorities. You should have enough skills in planning, landscape design, irrigation, planting, safety, and hardware use.
  • Pass the licensure examination. For the states that require a landscaping license, you often have to pass an exam. This is to help prove your suitability for the job. The learning program and the exam parameters will vary across each state. There may be a licensing fee.
  • Get a contractor license bond. Some states demand landscape contractors to provide a contractor license surety bond. This will provide an additional layer of protection for both the state and the contractor’s customers. Oregon and North Carolina are two states that require a bond.
  • Obtain a professional certification. You won't officially need a certification. However, it can be very beneficial. Potential customers will see that you possess a certain level of skills and experience in the field.

Commercial or private applicator license.

In the United States, federal law states that any individual who uses or supervises the use of restricted use pesticides (RUPs) should be certified as a private or commercial applicator. There is no once-off certification. In each state, territory, and area of Native American property that you work in, you must be a certified applicator.

To apply, visit your state's certifying agency and find out their requirements. In addition, many states have a Pesticide Safety Education Program to help with training and study materials.

Landscaper license.

You can obtain a license from the American Society of Landscape Architects. In many states, you will need to be licensed in order to practice the business. To get licensed, you will need to pass the Landscape Architect Registration Exam (L.A.R.E.). In this exam, you will be tested on your knowledge and skills for maintaining health, safety, and welfare criteria.

To schedule your examination, you can contact the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB), who is in charge of administering the test. There is a $150.00 application fee. In addition, to maintain this certification, you will need to continue your studies through the ASLA. There is a $150.00 renewal fee.

Employer Identification Number.

Depending on the size of your landscaping business, you may need to hire new employees over time. To do this, you will require a Federal Employer Identification Number (EIN) from the IRS. Also known as Federal Tax ID Number, the EIN is used to identify taxpayers who are obligated to file different business tax returns.

To get an EIN, you can complete an online application on the IRS website. There is no filing fee. If you are unable to apply online, you can also get an EIN by mail or fax.

8. Open a bank account.

This will help keep accurate bookkeeping records, help with clear audits, and present professionalism. Contact your local banks and research the different business accounts they have on offer.

9. Get insurance.

Different businesses require different insurance plans. Because you may be working in hazardous spaces or with heavy equipment, you may require special insurance. It's essential that you research the different insurances applicable to your specific state, business and industry.

There are various types of insurance to consider, including:

There are specific types of insurance coverage and policies that landscaping businesses typically need. For example, a small lawn care business will require general liability coverage. Other coverage types, such as commercial property insurance, will be required when you start acquiring valuable equipment.

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For more information on which types of insurance are required based on your type of lawn care or landscaping business, visit your local municipal government office.

10. Comply with tax regulations.

You will need to research the tax laws that affect your business. To legally operate your business, you must adhere to all tax laws and regulations. Failure to do so may result in additional fines or the closure of your business. The tax laws that apply to your business will depend heavily on your business structure.

Before looking into tax deductions and write-offs, you need to understand your business structure because the type of structure greatly impacts how your business's expenses are deducted on a tax return.

11. Establish an accounting system.

The financial state of your business will be a top priority for you. Start by establishing a solid accounting system. To do this, you may need to obtain accounting software or hire an accountant.

Accounting software. There is various accounting software available on the market. These will help you meet your business needs by simplifying processes, such as expenses, tuition, payment processing, and reporting.

Hire an accountant. The thought of managing finances can be daunting for many, especially if you have no experience. Consider the option of hiring a trained professional to help you with your finances. It's wise to research the benefits of this option. Besides giving you more time to focus on your business, hiring an accountant may allow for fewer mistakes and less time worrying if your taxes were in order. However, this option will require an additional cost.

Tech Tools for a Landscaping Business:

1. Inventory Management Software.

Inventory Management Software offers business applications that manage and organize sales, material purchases, supplies, deliveries, and other processes. It is used to prevent overstock and shortages. For landscaping businesses, we recommend Backstore and Odoo Inventory.

2. POS Systems.

A POS System is an adaptable and accessible tool to have on your side. Users can accept payment virtually anywhere, using various devices. We recommend Lightspeed and Square for your landscaping business.

3. Accounting Software.

Accounting software can help you with finances, managing invoices, payroll, expense reports, financial reports, and more. For your landscaping business, we recommend FreshBooks and Hiveage.

4. HR Software.

If you intend on hiring employees, this is an excellent tool to invest in. HR Software offers a range of features including recruitment tools, administration tools, and workforce management features. For landscaping businesses, we recommend Namely and Bamboo HR.

5. Payroll Software.

Payroll Software will help you simplify the task of calculating and distributing employee pay every month. We recommend Gusto and QuickBooks.

12. Obtain Funding.

Obtaining finance for your business will be one of your hardest steps, especially if you plan on starting out big. To get funding, you may need to consider several options. Evaluate all your options and make sure you choose the best-suited choice for your business.

Funding options:

Ask friends and family. Prepare a well-researched presentation and present your business plan to family and friends. Ask family and friends if they're willing to invest in your business goal. This is a great first choice.

Start small. Opening a new business can be quite costly. If you're unable to afford the initial start-up costs for a large business, consider starting small by offering small gardening services. This eliminates the costs of location space and supplies needed for major projects.

Apply for a small business loan. This is a popular choice with any new business. It's ideal if you need more funding than you or your family and friends are able to afford.

Apply for a business credit card. This option gives small businesses a tool for borrowing money on a regular basis, building business credit, tracking expenses, while also earning reward points and other useful perks.

Consider equipment financing. Before purchasing equipment upfront, consider applying for an equipment loan. This option will provide you with monthly payments, at fixed interest rates, over a period ranging between six months and six years.

13. Choose a location.

Because most of your work will be done outside, it would be wise not to obtain a location space in the beginning stages. This will save you money on rent and office supplies. Only consider obtaining additional space when your equipment no longer fits in your garage or driveway, or if you need to present landscaping designs to clients in a professional setting.

Consider the following factors when making your choice:

  • Is the location accessible?
  • Is there public transportation nearby?
  • Is the location safe?
  • Is there enough space to run your business?
  • Does it have sufficient kitchen/bathroom facilities?

Before you choose your location, you should first identify a local need for lawn care or landscaping in the community. Are there public spaces nearby? Is there a new housing development on its way? This will help you determine where your business is needed most.

14. Get your equipment and supplies.

Before you start accepting quotes and invoices, you should decide if you want to rent or buy equipment. An important step in starting a landscaping business is to acquire your armory of landscaping equipment and supplies.

If you plan on starting small, you have the option of renting your equipment. Chances are you will not need to own all of the equipment out there to be an effective landscaper. While the equipment you rent should be of high-quality, you are not required to purchase brand new equipment.

Purchase some equipment. Alternatively, you can buy lower-grade equipment. But your business has the potential to grow exponentially over time. And as your business grows, so will equipment costs. Beware, you could find yourself spending the same amount of money on maintaining cheap equipment as the price of purchasing higher-grade equipment. Start with yard sales and auctions, which may have quality pieces at better prices than buying brand new.

Your business needs will vary based on the variety of lawn care services you intend to offer.

You will need to acquire some or all of the following:

  1. Lawnmower.
  2. Edger.
  3. Gardening tools.
  4. Safety gear.
  5. Transportation.
  6. Smaller supplies.

Essential Landscaping Supplies and Pricing:

Supplies

Pricing

Lawn Bags

$5.00 - $20.00/per 10.

Gloves

$10.00 - $30.00

Small Tool Kit (hammer, hand saw, drill, etc.)

$20.00 - $100.00

Gas Containers

$20.00 - $50.00/per container.

Oil

$5.00 - $20.00/per container.

Eye and Ear Protection

$5.00 - $20.00/each.

Lawn Tools (spade, hose, pruners, etc.)

$10.00 -$50.00/per item.

Essential Landscaping Equipment and Pricing:

Equipment & Supplies

Pricing

Equipment Trailer

$1,000.00 - $5,000.00

Mower

$50.00 - $5,000.00

Trimmer

$50.00 - $300.00

Edger

$80.00 - $350.00

Leaf Blower

$20.00 - $500.00

Blade Sharpener

$20.00 - $400.00

Truck

$10,000 - $50,000

15. Hire and train employees.

Depending on the type of services you intend to offer, you may find it necessary to hire and train additional employees. Landscape businesses attract all kinds of people, so you will need to be multifaceted in your recruitment strategy.

When recruiting a potential employee, keep the following in mind:

  • Previous work experience.
  • Additional training and certification.
  • Physical abilities.
  • Background checks.
  • Gardening and design knowledge.

To help make recruitment a smooth process, consider recruitment software such as Betterteam, an applicant tracking software that allows users to post jobs, collect resumes, and track applicants.

Once you hire new employees, you will need to properly account for their employment and tax status. Make sure they are trained to work in the United States, and that you have their social security number.

Tip: Keep all your employees' tax forms neatly filed for easy reference.

In addition, federal law requires all employees must be registered with the state. This process must be repeated every time you employ a new staff member. The employer must report employees, whether full-time, part-time or student worker, generally within 20 days of employment.

You can report a new hire online, by fax or by mail.

16. Set your pricing.

How much you charge for gardening service will depend on the landscaping job. There are many services to offer in the lawn care industry, each with its own pricing standard. For example, the average price for cutting a half-acre lawn is between $20.00 and $40.00. For trimming a 30-foot tree, it costs between $75.00 and $400.00, according to our research. For basic maintenance services, you could charge anywhere between $100.00 to $500.00.

Most customers will want to get a quote for how much the job will cost. Before you can do that, you will need to be able to figure out your skill and speed, as well as an accurate estimation for your work. Your costs should include materials, labor, equipment, and overhead.

Consider calling local landscaping and lawn care businesses to get an idea of market pricing for your services. Think about your professional experience and highlight why your pricing is justified.

Tip: If it's possible, offer new customers discounts and special deals for existing customers.

How to Price a Landscaping Job:

1. Meet with clients and discuss the job.

Be sure to ask lots of questions that help gauge the size of the landscaping job. During this process, try to visit the actual site of the project and walk through the space with your client. This will help you create a plan that lays out what kind of materials and supplies, features, plants, subcontractors, and additional labor you may need.

2. Track job hours.

Tracking the time a job takes is a vital part of establishing a price. Before you take on a new job, you should already have average time periods for different types of landscaping jobs. For example, for a simple mowing and pruning session, you might estimate less than two hours. But for a large landscaping job, you may have have to take an entire week with 8 hour shifts per day.

We suggest investing in a stopwatch or a time-tracking mobile app. Once you've established a pattern, you'll be able to estimate the length of a job.

3. Estimate material and supply costs.

During the first step you established a plan with the help of your client. Now it's time to calculate the costs for materials and supplies. By now you should already know what type of materials are needed based on the design you established with your client.

Calculation: Calculate how much materials and supplies you’ll need based on the measurements of the project site. Add this total to the total project costs.

4. Calculate overhead costs.

Your overhead costs should include transportation, marketing, office rent, equipment repair and maintenance, gardening tools, uniforms, accountants, and insurance. With this step, it's best to have an accurate estimate. According to our research, at least 20% of a landscaping business's total income is allocated towards overhead costs.

Calculation: Add your weekly overhead costs and divide that number between the average hours you work per week. Then add that amount to the job's cost, based on the estimated number of hours you think the project will take to complete.

5. Estimate subcontractor costs.

If the landscaping job requires the help of subcontractors, you will need to source for quotes. Generally, landscapers work with a set list of subcontractors that they've grown to trust. Send the project specifications to subcontractors and ask for a pricing estimate. Add that price to your total job cost.

6. Calculate cost of labor.

If you are performing the duties alone, include your hourly rate. While your hourly rate will heavily depend on the location of your business, the average rate stands between $15.00 and $75.00 in the United States. If you require additional employees, calculate each of their salaries by multiplying their hourly rate by the time needed to complete the job.

7. Calculate your markup.

According to our research, charge at least a 15% - 20% markup on residential landscaping jobs, 10% - 12% on maintenance landscaping jobs, and 10% - 15% on commercial landscaping jobs. Your markup costs need to be applied on top of the total cost to you to complete the landscaping job. Do not include your overhead costs when calculating your markup.

8. Add total costs.

Add all the costs listed above together with the markup costs. This will give you the total costs of a landscaping project. If your state requires sales tax, add this as well.

17. Market your business.

To help successfully grow your landscaping business, it's wise to invest in a solid marketing strategy. Having the skills and owning the proper equipment does not mean customers will come streaming in. During the early stages of your landscaping business, you will need to rely on small scale advertising activities like fliers, or going door to door.

However, before you start marketing your business, think about the image and values of your business. What message would you want it to convey to the public? To help sort out your different marketing ideas, compile a list of the services you're offering and what type of values your business will hold.

Consider the following:

  1. Will you be working alone?
  2. Is it a family business?
  3. Is your office location marketable?
  4. Are you a full-service landscaping business?
  5. Can you market your previous work?
  6. What colors will represent your business?
  7. Will you invest in a logo?
  8. What special services do you offer?

Word of mouth. The best way to get new clients is by impressing your existing clients. If you provide consistent and quality work, clients are more likely to recommend your services to family and friends. If they're willing, provide them with a business card or flier.

Advertise your landscaping business. Try different advertising platforms. Save room in your budget for newspapers, radio stations, and television ads, which will give you the biggest exposure. However, these advertising formats do not come cheap. If you plan on renting an office space, to help generate awareness ahead of your opening, begin advertising at least three months before your landscaping business is scheduled to open its doors.

Obtain a company vehicle. Consider obtaining a good size truck to market your business. On your truck, advertise your business with logos and signage, as well as contact details. As a landscaper, you will be on the road a lot, driving through different cities and communities. Your new clients could be standing next to you in traffic.

Approach local organizations and businesses. Distribute your business brochures and business cards at libraries, recreational spaces, PTA meetings, neighborhood get-togethers, office buildings with lawns, etc.

Get online. Many potential clients can be found online, searching through the different landscaping businesses in your city. The online world is fast-paced and more people are looking for instant answers. Therefore, it's important to have a visible and strong online presence.

Form a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy. When clients search for 'the best landscaping business near me', your business should appear in search results of the first two pages. To do this, you will need to invest in a proper SEO strategy and register your business with Google.

Get a website. All the important information about your business should be on your website including costs, location, policies, values, mission statement, services, contact details, and more.

Open social media accounts including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Social media is an easy way to access thousands of potential clients. However, social media requires constant updates and admin support. Furthermore, there are additional charges for advertising your business to larger audiences.

How can I register my landscaping business with Google?

  1. Log into your Google account.
  2. Go to google.com/services and click Google Places.
  3. Add your landscaping business.
  4. Enter your business's phone number, address, or company name.
  5. Verify your business.
  6. Select your method to confirm your business information. Google will send a PIN.
  7. Enter PIN.

18. Set a daily schedule.

Depending on the size and scope of your landscaping business, you will need to schedule your work days effectively. You don't want to arrive late for appointments or have to cancel because of scheduling conflicts. This will reflect poorly on your business.

Work out the time estimations for each service and job. Calculate how many jobs you will be able to complete in an 8 hour day. Don't forget to add in your clean up and traveling time. For example, if you're simply planning on basic lawn care of 45-minute sessions, include an additional 20 - 30 minutes for clean up and traveling, depending on the location of your jobs.

Manage employee schedules. If you are opening a major landscaping business, you will require additional employees. To prevent scheduling conflicts, ensure that all your crews have their daily schedule. Consider different factors, such as employee leave, job estimations, available equipment, part-time employees, employee breaks, and shift changes.

Advice for Starting a Landscaping Business:

Source

Quote

Freetime - lawnsite.com

"You grease your equipment, change oil, and other P.M. on a regular basis BECAUSE this is your living not your hobby. When a piece of equipment is down it is money you don't make."

Greenkeepers - lawnsite.com

"DO: Buy the best equipment that you possibly can, and the biggest trailer that you can afford. DON'T: Overextend yourself so that you have to work 20 hrs a day."

Administrator - lawnserviceforum.com

"Winterize equipment. If there are different pieces of equipment you will not be using again until the spring, do the right thing and protect your investment. This could mean changing oil, filters, fuel additives, cleaning, etc. Equipment is not cheap and it is always smart to do what you can to make it last."

SLSutherland - lawnserviceforum.com

"Personally, I wouldn't go with a free website as you usually don't have full control over it and it could be taken down at any time (I haven't read the TOS for freewebs.com though so I'm not sure if they are different). Better to have your own domain which will increase in value over the years and your own professionally designed site. Once you have that you can then work on the SEO to rank highly for relevant local search queries on search engines like Google to be able to drive local business to your site."

MikeO - gopherforum.com

"i typed out my ad, placed my ad in the paper, number 1 spot highlighted 10 bucks more. i left that ad in there for all summer. i grew so big really fast i didnt know what to do. and it scared me literally. i did every job, never said no, cash in hand every day. sometimes 500-600 days, it paid for a snowblower, a new mower, a new trimmer a trailer and a truck for 1500. i did very well for myself. i didnt care about price, it was all profit to me. whats a 50 dollar ad for a month? i was lucky id say."

FAQs:

How much does it cost to start a landscaping business?

It costs $500 - $100,000 to start a landscaping business, depending on the size and scope of the business.

Do you need a license to start a landscaping business?

There is no general landscaping business license required. However, some states may require a Landscaper License from the American Society of Landscape Architects. To get a license, you will need to pass the Landscape Architect Registration Exam (L.A.R.E.). In addition, you will also need to obtain applicable licenses and permits to conduct certain gardening services.

How much money can you make as a landscaper?

You can earn between $5,000 to $50,000 in the first year. Over time, these figures can raise to $150,000 - $250,000 a year.

How do you estimate a landscaping job?

This depends on the jobs landscaping requirements, the services you offer, the amount of employees you'll need to complete the project, the budget, and the size of the job. Start by calculating your businesses hourly rate for basic landscaping.

Is landscaping a hard job?

This depends on your skill set, experience, and gardening knowledge. In addition, landscapers are often required to be physically fit and able to work for long hours on their feet. Before you consider starting a landscaping business, decide whether this profession suits you by weighing the various cons and pros of the job.

How much does a landscaper make an hour?

In the United States, landscapers make an average of $19.50 an hour. Total salary depends on the size of the business and services offered.

What options do you have to obtain financing?

  1. Ask family and friends.
  2. Start small.
  3. Apply for small business loans.
  4. Apply for a business credit card.
  5. Consider equipment financing.

Do I need an office space?

Not necessarily. While office space may present professionalism, it is not needed. Most of your work will be conducted outdoors. Consider working from home, hiring a conference room, or working from a public location like a restaurant.

How do you obtain a commercial applicator license?

Visit your state's certifying agency and Pesticide Safety Education Program for training and requirements.

How do I get customers for my landscaping business?

  1. Find a niche. You will need to distinguish yourself from other landscapers already out there.
  2. Market your business. Invest in a quality marketing strategy.
  3. Maintain quality. The better you perform over time, the better your chances of attracting new clients. Recommendations from existing customers will go a long way.
  4. Design natural and beautiful landscapes for your customers. The point of landscaping, which makes it different from lawn care, is the transformation of a piece of land using stunning natural materials like trees, flowers, rocks, and sod.

How much does a landscaper earn a year?

Between $5,000 to $100,000, depending on the size and scope of your landscaping business. Large projects and commercial properties can go well over $250,000 a year.

What are the most common requirements for a landscaper contractor license?

  1. Practical experience.
  2. Pass license examination.
  3. Obtain a contractor license bond.
  4. Get certified.

What is the 2019 market size of the Landscaping Services industry in the US?

In 2019, the market size, measured by revenue, of the Landscaping Services industry is $99.5bn.

What are some tips for naming a landscaping business?

  1. Avoid complicated spelling.
  2. Must be catchy and memorable.
  3. Conduct a thorough internet search.
  4. If you plan on expanding someday, don't pick a name that can't be altered.
  5. Check with your Secretary of State.
  6. Get the domain name.
  7. Test your name with families and friends.
  8. Conduct a trademark search.