In today’s economy, few things are certain, especially when it comes to employment security. That’s why many people are taking their financial fate into their own hands, and starting a business. For those who are considering opening a landscaping business, the team at Commercial Lawn Equipment would like to offer the following tips on how to get your enterprise up and running.
Where to Begin?
The first step to opening any business involves researching the requirements of your city, town and state. Each location has a set of regulations regarding the establishment of new business ventures, and it is important to follow the letter of the law, even if you plan to start out small. Fortunately, legislative efforts are largely supportive of small business owners, and the hurdles that must be crossed to open up shop are relatively minor.
Create a Marketing Plan
Next, spend some time thinking about how and where you plan to market your new lawn care business. Are you going to target large commercial accounts, or focus on residential services? Do you want to present the impression of a well-established professional company, or do you prefer a “one man, one truck” approach? Be sure to create marketing materials to help spread the word about your new business. Business cards, fliers, signs and other printed materials are a budget-friendly way to start but the online realm is easier to track and typically can provide a faster ROI. Be sure to create local listings for your company on the more popular online resources, and encourage clients to give you reviews to boost those profiles.
Create an Equipment Budget
Before you officially launch your new landscaping business, create a full budget, including equipment costs. Many people start out with used equipment or pieces they already own, but it is important to have a plan for expanding and adding new equipment once things are up and running. At Commercial Lawn Equipment, we offer 0% financing for landscapers on many products, including lawn equipment. That can help new business owners find the room in their budget to expand their base without having to pay the full cost up front.
Never Undervalue Maintenance
Once you begin serving clients, it is vital to put a routine maintenance program into place. Equipment should be inspected and receive regular maintenance so that all of your tools and resources remain in good working condition and are ready for the next job. Maintenance is an often undervalued part of running a landscaping business, but one that provides a great deal of value.
At Commercial Lawn Equipment, we understand the excitement that comes with opening a new landscape company. We also know the anxieties that accompany any new business venture, especially in times of economic uncertainty. We are committed to providing all of our customers the highest level of service and support. That commitment allows you to place your focus on serving your own customer base, and on building and expanding your new business.