Thinking about opening a landscape installation and maintenance business? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
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Characteristics of a Good Landscape Installation & Maintenance Company Business Plan
Your landscape installation and maintenance company's business plan should be tailored to your business's unique traits and goals. However, the most effective business plans do address specific sound business plan elements:
- Mission Statement – Your description of your landscape installation and maintenance business's reason for existing.
- Goals & Objectives – The end results of your company's business activities.
- Financial, Marketing & Action Plans – Specific plans that describe your business environment, demographic targets and quantitative estimates.
Before you open a landscape installation and maintenance business within your community, it's a smart move to determine how strong the competition is. Try our link below to find competitors near you. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of landscape installation and maintenance businesses in your area.
Is the local market large enough to support another landscape installation and maintenance business? If not, you had better be sure that you are doing things much better than the competition.
Talk to People Who Are Already in the Business
Once you've finished assessing the competion, the next step is to learn as much as you can from somebody who is already in the business. If you think your local competitors will give you advice, you're being overoptimistic. What's in it for them?
Fortunately, somebody who runs a landscape installation and maintenance business in a different city will be much more likely to talk with you, provided that you won't be directly competing with them. In that case, the business owner may be more than happy to discuss the industry with you. It can take a while to find an entrepreneur who is willing to talk, but it's well worth the effort.
How do you find an entrepreneur who is running a landscape installation and maintenance business who is willing to advise you because you live in different cities?
We can help. Follow the link below, try a few city/state combos or zipcodes, and then start calling!
Three Arguments for Buying a Landscape Installation & Maintenance Business
It's almost always preferable to buy a landscape installation and maintenance business than to pursue a landscape installation and maintenance business startup.
You'll want to conduct a comprehensive due diligence process, but here are three arguments why you should think about buying instead of a startup.
- Proven Profitability. If you're careful in your research, the landscape installation and maintenance business you buy will have a track record of profitability – a big plus since it may take months or even years for a startup to turn a profit.
- Established Operations & Processes. Existing businesses are established operations, with the necessary processes, people and other resources already in place.
- Capital Acquisition. Lenders, investors and other funding sources almost always prefer business purchases to startups.
Is Franchising the Right Option?
Tapping into a franchise opportunity makes it a certainty that you can leverage ideas and systems that have been tested and proven over time.
Before you consider starting a landscape installation and maintenance business, it's worthwhile to assess whether franchising might simplify your entering the business.
The link below gives you access to our franchise directory so you can see if there's a franchise opportunity for you. You might even find something that points you in a completely different direction.
These additional resources regarding getting started as an entrepreneur may be of interest to you.
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