When you think about landscaping business, think about mucking around in the garden and probably getting a sun tan. If you are an indoor person who doesn’t like being in the open, then a landscaping business is not for you. But, if you like being creative and getting your hands dirty, then it is definitely the time to start considering braving the elements.
Landscaping industry is diverse, and you have to have experience and expertise in different areas such as water features, paving, building, stonework, decking, wind structures, groundmanship, joinery, draining and irrigation. You also need to have a good understanding of plants and what plants can grow where.
If you are decided that you want to start your own landscaping company, then you must know the basics. First all it’s important to know about certain myths that surround the industry, for example, gardening is not confined only to the summer season. While most people enjoy the gardens during summer, most of the planning and work is carried out in winter. Most people would prefer not to have any work in the garden being done during the holidays, especially if they have children at home.
When starting my own landscaping business, you need to be resourceful and plan carefully especially about the weather and other factors that can hamper your work schedule. In the areas where the weather proves difficult to work outside such as during heavy rains, ideas such as ‘hard’ landscaping can be quite useful. These include building walls or installing ponds which are becoming increasingly popular. During planning, be sure to also include the budget especially for your business’ marketing.
You also need to be very prepared to go out there to market your business. Most of the work that you will do will come from personal recommendations. People will ask their friends, or the local garden centers to recommend someone good. In this case, therefore, you will only be sort after if you do an exceptional job in your previous projects. You can also get some business cards as well as set up a website for your business as marketing strategies.
When buying equipment, if you cannot afford to purchase new ones, simply used commercial grade tools and you can eventually purchase new ones when business is doing well.
Lastly, you should also be prepared to go back to school. To acquire more skills and knowledge that you will require in this job, taking a course at a horticultural college is not a bad idea. Plus you never know, it could actually be fun.