How to Start a Lawn and Landscaping Business this Summer

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Always loved the look of a freshly cut lawn? Thought you could always do better but didn’t know where to start? 

Turn your summer hobby into a business this summer? What many people don’t know is that getting into the lawn business is a lot easier and more affordable than they anticipate.

 By looking at a few expenses and announcing your venture as a lawn care business owner, you can be well on your way to starting a long term business and growing your revenue.

Upfront costs

Startup costs for a lawncare business can be anywhere from $5,000-8,000, but don’t let that deter you. This can depend on your business structure, marketing needs, and the clients that you have already.

If you think you have to have a huge email list or tons of followers to start a business, think again. Whether it be someone in your neighborhood or someone who has just moved into a home, landscaping and lawn care services are in demand now more than ever. 

When starting a lawn care business, you’ll want to think about the minimum equipment needed to get the job done. This can depend on what services you plan to offer your clients. Remember that less is more when you’re just getting started and there will be an opportunity to grow later on.

You should start looking at the costs of equipment such as:

  • Mowing equipment
  • Safety equipment
  • Edgers
  • A truck

This should be enough to get you moving in the right direction.

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Consider location

Location is one of the most important parts of starting your lawn care business. If you already live in a suburb or residential area where many people need your services, you’ll cut down on the cost of fuel and mileage overtime. 

Just think about it. If you’re providing services to a neighbor and they recommend you, soon, word of your services will spread naturally, leaving you with work to be done.

Word of mouth advertising is a good way to cut costs on marketing and help with driving costs.

Registering your business

Before you go out and advertise your business, there are a few things you need to think about.

Getting a business license

Even though you don’t need a permit to start a lawn care business, you do need to get a business license for the company you plan to operate as well as a business name. In many states, an LLC costs around $100. 

Taxes

You’ll want to look up specifics for collecting and paying sales tax in your state. Make sure you register with the federal government and IRS to get your tax withholding number. These steps are crucial before you start your business operations.

Insurance

If you plan on hiring staff as you grow your business, you’ll need to have insurance in place. Workers’ compensation rates can run anywhere from $.50-2.00 per person per payroll. 

Open a business bank account to make sure you don’t mix up your personal expenses with business expenses. This way your company can process checks and make deposits, andyou can pay your bills with business checks. 

It’s important to give your clients multiple pay options. If you only accept cash for example, you’ll miss out on customers who can’t pay you that way. When you put payment  procedures in place first, it’ll be easier to get started.

Market your business

Marketing is one of the most essential parts of growing your business. If you can drive repeat customers across your lawn business, you’ll be able to spread word of your services easily and more effectively. With Housecall Pro’s automated marketing, you can make marketing easy with options like email and post card services to get your business out there.

With multiple low cost options available to you like word of mouth and referrals, you can get your lawn and landscaping business running in no time.

Pricing

Finding an easy and seamless way to collect money is one of the main parts of your business. It’s important to get your payment systems in place before heading out to the field.

Invoicing a check may seem like a good idea until that check bounces on a Friday and you have to wait until Monday to get to the bank. Our all-in-one payment solution can help you get paid quickly and up to the same day. Increase your ticket size by unlocking purchasing power. 

What next?

Growing your lawn care business this summer doesn’t have to be a headache. With Housecall Pro you can easily grow your business and keep growing with features that make your life easier. 

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