12/14/19

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Starting a Landscaping Business


By on 12/14/2019 09:06:00 AM

It's an exciting idea to start a landscaping business, especially if you extremely enjoy sprucing up your garden, with the people around you complimenting your efforts. A lot of people have succeeded in turning their hobbies into a business, so why shouldn't it work for you too, right?


However, before you plunge into your entrepreneurial adventure, take a step back and analyze your situation to see if you can really run a landscaping business. Some people think they're ready to be an entrepreneur only to fail because they don't know what to do when unforeseen circumstances block them from their path.

To successfully launch your venture, make sure you don't commit the following mistakes.

Buying all equipment from the start


Landscaping equipment can be expensive. You might be tempted to use your credit card to get all the equipment you need, thinking you'll get more clients if they see that you have lots of tools. But the truth is that you'll just bury yourself under a mountain of debt.

Learn to suppress your urge to buy equipment and instead, rent some of them until you're financially able to purchase them. Of course, you need to buy at least a couple of tools, so canvas as many providers of landscaping supplies in Utah and compare their prices before buying.

Not renting equipment at the right time

You should also consider that you're not the only one renting equipment for your business. There are many other landscapers in your area. So if you always only rent equipment when you have a client, eventually you'll end up not getting what you need because a competitor already got it.

Come up with a plan and a schedule. Figure out what kind of landscaping projects are popular during each season, and come up with a schedule for renting equipment for those projects.

Not choosing the right rental company

If you think you can succeed on your own, then you're sorely mistaken. Many landscaping businesses thrive because they partner up with rental companies. You need to do this too, and you need to partner with the right company for you.

This means someone who's willing to help you with your startup business, say, by giving you a discount on most of the equipment you'll get. Or, someone who's willing to share some trade secrets with you, especially on choosing the right tools for a particular project.

Not clarifying what the project entails

Some people are so excited about starting their landscaping business that they don't bother to clarify what their client needs. Once they arrive at the location, they suddenly realize that they don't have the proper equipment for the job or even the expertise.

Before you accept a landscaping project, have a long discussion with your client and make sure that you understand all of their requests. Don't be too eager to accept every project that comes your way because you might bite off more than you can chew.

Not practicing safety measures

Some landscapers, meanwhile, are eager to get started with every project that they neglect safety precautions while on the job. It may be because they weren't able to rent safety gear or their budget didn't permit them to do so.

Don't be like this. Safety should be your top priority, so make sure that you and the rest of your crew wear hard hats and other safety gear before working on a project.

Starting a landscaping business is just like starting any kind of business. You need lots of preparation and planning if you want it to succeed and thrive.

About Angela

Angela is a freelance travel writer and lifestyle blogger, blessed with 3 beautiful daughters, 5 moody cats, 1 spoiled dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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