Landscaping is a roll-your-sleeves-up industry — in order to be successful, you can't be afraid of a little hard work. Yet after all their hard work, many lawn care business owners still struggle to make ends meet.
On the surface, landscaping seems straightforward: you mow lawns, trim hedges, seed grass… Simple, right? Well, as many business owners quickly find out, running a small business that succeeds in the long term isn't just about working harder. You have to work smarter.
Financial, strategic, and personnel decisions can seem overwhelming for first-time business owners. After all, you're used to dealing with shovels, not spreadsheets. We've written this eBook as a sort of "crash course" in running a landscaping business.
Read on for tips on landscaping industry pros on how to:
- Find the right equipment.
- Get more from your employees.
- Respond to customer feedback.
- Make your business better with technology (even if you're not the tech-savvy type).
What the Experts Say about Running Your Own Small Landscaping Business
Wouldn't it be nice if you could talk with other landscaping business owners, pick their brains, and learn what mistakes they made when they first started out? We thought so. But we know you're busy, so we did it for you.
We've interviewed some longtime landscaping business owners and talked with them about their careers: the early missteps, the lessons they learned, and the strategies they can't live without. They come from pretty different backgrounds, but the advice they have for us boils down to three main tips, which we've put into three chapters:
Next: Ch. 1: Treat Your Employees and Your Equipment Well