Whether starting a lawn care business is a job for a few years or you plan to grow your business into an empire, there are a few essentials you will need when starting out.
Determine What Services You Will Offer
In the beginning, you may only be a single person with one lawn mower and a weed eater, but as your business grows, you may be looking to offer additional services such as mulching, planting, hedge trimming, etc. Decide what you feel like you can handle and make sure you have the equipment for the job. If you have a few employees or co-owners of the business, it might be wise to investigate a utility trailer rental Pacific WA so that you can carry all your lawn equipment efficiently. The more equipment you can take with you, the more services you can offer.
For a solo business, you’ll need general liability insurance in case a customer gets hurt on a piece of your equipment or you accidentally damage the customer’s property. Even a small rock thrown off a lawn mower blade can break a window or dent a car. If you plan to hire helpers, it’s also important to get workers’ compensation insurance in case they get hurt on the job.
Advertise Your Business
You don’t necessarily need a huge budget to advertise your services. Post information about your business on local Facebook or Nextdoor groups. Whenever you cut someone’s lawn, hand out flyers up and down the block so that neighbors who see you working will be able to get in touch with you. Buy a magnetic sign for your truck with your name and number on it. Once you’ve worked on someone’s lawn, be sure to follow with them by offering a weekly service. Word of mouth is a great way to expand your business as well.
Lawn care businesses are plenty of hard work, but they also offer you flexibility. You can set the days you work and the number of customers you accept allowing you to grow your business on your own schedule.