How to Start a Lawn Care Business
In this post, we’ll discuss some of the steps you need to take in order to start a lawn care business. We will walk through what it takes to getting your business licensed, insurance coverage, and the basics of how your billing and accounting systems work. We will also address some common mistakes people make when starting a lawn care business and give some ways you can avoid these pitfalls. Lastly, we will discuss getting the right booking platform to help you scale and automate, including tips for pricing out an estimate to help ensure that you are making enough money in profit.
“You can’t simply go out and get customers. You need to have good advice, you need to have the right tools, and you need to have some good marketing.” -Mack McConnell
Starting a lawn care business takes time and planning but the rewards for being successful are well worth the effort. Each year there are over 50,000 new home listings with lawn care services listed as a requirement of their home buyers. With a little bit of time, hard work, and persistence it is possible to get ahead of this trend. This post will walk you through the basics of getting started and give you a checklist of things you need to do in order to get up and running.
Lawn Care Business Basics
Lawn care companies are generally classified as one of two types. “Accommodative” businesses are those that will travel or bring their service, while “Attributive” businesses are those that send out workers directly to their client’s home, generally for larger accounts. Accommodative services will generally charge less per cut than attributive services because they incur higher overhead costs such as office space, vehicles, and additional employees. However, for those with the ability and ambition they can be equally successful.
Here are The 5 Main Things you need to start lawn care business
Let’s discuss the 5 main things, we at fieldd, believe you need to successfully get your lawn care business started.
Licenses and Insurance
In the United States, every lawn care business is required to have worker’s compensation insurance. Worker’s compensation is essentially insurance that will cover an employee (or you if you are self-employed) for workplace related injuries. This is required in every state. Most states also require some form of liability insurance coverage, which will protect you financially if a client were to file a lawsuit against your company for damages or injury.
Good Lawn Care Equipment
You’re going to need good quality, reliable equipment for your crew to work with. For example, the average blower in a lawn care company will last about 5 years before it needs to be replaced. You also need to make sure that the vehicle you rent or purchase has the capability of lifting and transporting your equipment and workers safely. These kinds of vehicles can cost anywhere from $30,000-$50,000 depending on their features. If you’re not going to be doing any landscaping install projects or multiple services such as mowing, edging, leaf blowing etc., you should invest in a walk behind lawn mower which will typically cost around $500-$1000 depending on how fancy the mower is.
Good Team Members and Communication
Based on our experience, it is obviously important to hire people who are motivated and responsible. You can tell when this is the case by the way that they show up on time to work and by their enthusiasm. Of course there’s also a lot of jobs that are tasks rather than projects, where you don’t need to oversee every aspect of a project but rather let go employees and just supervise them from time to time. Regardless if you’re doing more or less actual work yourself as the owner of your lawn care business, it is almost always best to have a great team, with different strengths that complement each other’s as much as possible in order for success.
Quality Accounting & Marketing Tools
In order to truly run a successful lawn care business, you need great tools to help you automate and manage the business. For example, you need to be able to send out automatic estimates or quotes on your website quickly and effectively. You want to be able to take credit card payments on the move from your mobile phone. And importantly, you need accounting software that is easy for you and your team members (or even your bookkeeper) to navigate without a ton of training.
Once you have successfully started your lawn care business, it’s time to grow and scale it. You need a platform that can automatically schedule all your bookings, give your customers a fantastic experience, automate and link with your accounting tools and overall, automate your lawn care business. fieldd is the complete solution for any lawn care business to effectively scale and automate every facet of the job including, bookings, dispatch and payments.
So now that you are up to date and speed with our 5 tips on how to start a lawn care business, why not try it yourself and get started on fieldd today. Enjoy our 7 day free trial with no credit card require and see just how easy it is to grow your lawn care business with fieldd.
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