How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Landscaping, Nursery, or Lawn Service Business: With Companion CD-ROM
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If you enjoy working with people and working outdoors, operating a small nursery, landscaping, or lawn service may be the perfect business for you. In fact, many operators combine all three of these elements to make an ideal year-round business.
This complete manual will arm you with everything you need to get started and run with your new business, including: business forms, contracts, and worksheets and checklists for planning, opening, and running day-to-day operations. You will learn dozens of other valuable, timesaving tools of the trade that no business should be without.
While providing detailed instructions and examples, this book leads you through every detail that will bring success. You will learn how to draw up a winning business plan and about deciding on a name, choosing the right equipment, and selling your other services to your present customers.
You will learn about advertising, insurance, basic cost control systems, and market research. You will learn how to build your business by using low and no cost ways to satisfy customers, as well as ways to increase sales and have customers refer others to you. The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version. It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
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business with your best friend, realize the risk that doing business together could undermine or destroy your friendship. If you are considering a partnership, ask your partner if you can each be responsible for separate duties to avoid conflict. A partnership may be a good idea if you do not feel strongly about running everything exactly your way. If you like being part of a team, you and your partner may find the shared experience of running a business a positive aspect of the work. Be
in a contract. Small customers, such as homeowners, probably will not ask for this guarantee (at least not in this form) but large commercial customers will want to know you have the financial resources to get the work done. If you have bid on a $1 million project that involves labor and material, you must have some way to pay your expenses, and cash flow for small businesses can be a deal breaker. Surety bonds (also called performance bonds) are available from insurance companies. If you cannot
the Internet. This is an era of organic awareness and economy, and big lawns may soon include self-grown vegetable gardens (another possible profit center for enterprising outdoor service companies). Every month seems to bring out new software products for business management, new equipment choices, fertilizers, and pesticides — and the regulation of these products require smart decision-making on the part of business owners. Making necessary corrections to your business model is like a dance,
not taken for granted. However, they are expensive to offer, so you will need to build in sufficiently high customer rates and have enough customers to pay the bills. If you are looking for a benefit package to offer your employees, check with a small business insurance broker or see if your local chamber of commerce has special insurance programs for small businesses. Subcontracting and Partnering/Referral Subcontractors Subcontractors make sense for one-time projects or for tasks
thinks of you. Billboards qualify, as well, because most of them do not try to get you to make a call right now; they want to keep the business name up there as you drive by everyday. Recognize the difference between the two tactics to avoid dashed expectations. Running a generic “Think of us when you think of landscaping” ad may actually bring in customers, but running one that says, “Act now and save money” may get you better results. Posters A poster is usually 11” x 17” or bigger,