With the “not so good” economy, people are now looking for every possible way to earn a living. If you are somebody who likes the outdoors and does mind getting a little dirty, a gardening business may just be the right fit for you. Homeowners are willing to pay handsomely to a gardening service that's capable of improving their lawn into a verdant, lush area.
Like plants, growing a business needs planning and care in order to thrive. Therefore do not start a new business without good preparation. Outlined below are some of the things you'll need for a successful gardening business.
First, you need to come up with a decent business plan so as to keep your business on track and well-organized. The business plan will include your working budget – the funds that you require and their source. Come up with a clear and concise description of your operations and your target market. Have a write up on your mode of advertisement and the expected costs for advertisement. Consider venturing into a variety of gardening types so as to be in business and earn profits all through the year.
Make sure that you purchase all the essential tools for your gardening business. You will require tools such as a rake, hoe, shovel, clippers, wheelbarrow, heavy duty gloves and a spade. You may need to have a mower too for easier and faster means of trimming the lawns.
Books for reference are deemed a necessity for any professional gardener. You can back this up with utilizing resources from the internet. It's fast, it's convenient, and it's inexpensive.
You may require having a van or lorry to tow your plants and equipments from one location to the other. A second hand vehicle would be appropriate considering the nature of gardening work. The vehicle should be neat, clean and professional altogether to depict an impressive outlook of the business.
You need to hire an employee or employees to assist you in lifting the heavy things. You also need them to be on hand such that you can call them when you have more than one customer or when you're having a busy day.
Source of materials
Before you begin advertising, you should first determine where to buy your farm inputs such as fertilizer, plants, all the landscaping supplies and mulch. Try and locate a nursery that will extend discounts to you for being a regular customer. This will help cut down expenses and increase savings and profitability.
You definitely require a home office to help you in staying organized. You may also require a computer, printer and a separate business line. Other essentials include the envelopes, letterhead, brochures and business cards.
If you're going to engage in full time gardening, you will definitely need insurance for the business. It will protect you when you're not capable to work for some time. This could either be life, liability or medical insurance.