Wondering how to start a landscape service? We take you step-by-step from start to success.
(article continues below)
Best Practices for Writing a Landscape Service Business Plan
As a startup entrepreneur, you're learning that small business ownership can be a lonely career path. That's especially true when it comes to writing a business plan – the seminal document that will shape the direction of your new landscape service.
Fortunately, you don't have to tackle your landscape service's business plan by yourself. There are plenty of useful solution designed to assist landscape service entrepreneurs in business plan writing.
Our Business Plan Help section discusses some of the business plan resources other entrepreneurs have found useful.
Consider the Competition
Long before you open a landscape service in your town, it's a good idea to determine how strong the competition is. We've provided the link below to help you get a list of local competitors nearby. After following the link, enter your city, state and zip code to get a list of landscape services in your area.
How are you going to successfully complete with existing firms? It's important that you never underestimate the competition.
Find Good Remote Business Advice
As part of your due diligence on opening a landscape service, it's essential that you have a conversation with someone who is in the business. If you think your local competitors will give you advice, you're being overoptimistic. It'd be crazy for them to teach you the business.
However, an entrepreneur who owns a landscape service outside of your community can be a great learning resource for you, once they realize that you are not going to directly compete with them in their community. In fact, they are often very willing to share startup advice with you. In my experience, you may have to call ten business owners in order to find one who is willing to share his wisdom with you.
Where does one find a landscape service manager in another city who you can speak with?
Simply, try our helpful link below, type in a random city/state or zipcode, and start calling.
Benefits & Drawbacks of a Landscape Service Acquisition
An acquisition can be a great way to enter landscape service ownership. But it's important to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of buying a business before you decide on either an acquisition or startup approach.
PROs: Acquired landscape services should be profitable right out of the gate; they should also be capable of demonstrating a loyal customer base, brand identity and operational efficiencies.
DRAWBACKS: On the downside, landscape service acquisitions can be difficult to adapt to your unique business philosophy so it's important to make sure the business is capable of achieving your ownership goals before you initiate the buying process.
Franchising May Be a Better Way to Go
Recognize that your chances of growing your business are higher when you choose to franchise and benefit from the prior work of others and their lessons learned.
Before starting a landscape service, you should investigate whether there are good franchise opportunities available that might make sense for you.
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 starting a business may be of interest to you.
If you came here to learn about selling to landscape services, you're in the wrong place. These resources are more appropriate for you:
If you are still exploring all of your options, please browse our directory of guides below.