Can you guess the area of the homes of people, grooming which people would have spent the maximum time during this pandemic when locked inside?
It’s their lawns and gardens!
Landscaping business is the best investment in the present to make given the fact that people of all ages now want a beautiful garden in front of their homes embellished with unique and colourful flowers spreading hope and positivity all around.
Now some of these people are able to themselves look after these little paradises of theirs, while others want someone to take the load and do the work (in lieu of money, of course!).
And even in cases when there are those who can look after those plants themselves, a guidance in terms of which plant would look better where and how to grow geranium (for example!) would always be required.
What’s more, think about the time when life would get back to normal (Oh, it certainly will!), will all leave their lovely gardens to get spoiled again. Will little Daisy gather the courage to let the aesthetic orchard she had grown along with her beloved granny foul up? No, right?
And that’s where you step in!
Whether we talk about today or the times to come, we know that there isn’t much to worry about in this field as it provides a continuous source of income, increasing or decreasing as per the amount of efforts you put in. And you know what the benefit of a Landscaping Business is? (It’s forever running)
In fact, there have been several people who have not just become self-employed by running a Landscape business, but have also been able to provide employment opportunities to others in the field. And if YOU too want to startup your own business now (in spite of almost no money in pocket) keep reading further.
What is Landscaping Business?
Before you start wondering if you have to opt for a career as a ‘Gardener’, let me make it very clear that there are different niches in this category too, and just like every independent individual in the world, you too have the opportunity to select the one which suits your interest, your level of expertise, and experience.
Advancement in technology has enabled small sectors like gardening and landscaping to become successful businesses and reach such great heights which could otherwise not even be considered to be applicable in the field. In fact, some of the high school students are also opting for jobs in this sector as a source of extra money without much effort.
Oh yeah! Smart work is more important than hard work!
Technically speaking, a landscaping business just requires you to adorn the homes by planting different plants and maintaining the lawns and gardens which are already planted. I hope you know that you’ll be fined if you don’t cut the grass (in Canada), don’t you?
Apart from doing that, you can also tutor others the proper way of growing plants like flowers, shrubs, trees, plants etcetera in their homes, either by conducting some sort of lectures in a physical classroom, or you can also use the internet for that. (Either way you can earn money!)
And you must have also heard of ‘Interiorscaping’ which is speedily gaining grounds in the society, both urban and rural areas. Some affluent people are ready to pay a huge sum of money to just make their home look one of a kind, and guess what? you’ll not just get the money but also the name and fame as a distinguished individual of the society (No, I’m not kidding)
What duties are performed by a Landscaper?
Undoubtedly, you must have till now got an idea that the procedure isn’t as easy as it seems and hence it is important to understand what roles a landscaper or rather a professional landscaper ought to perform.
Though the actual options are likely to be more, both in terms of number as well as adversity, some of the most popular (and easy) options you can examine in this case are mentioned below:
- Plant grower and seller
- Vertical garden grower and seller
- Lawn-care service provider
- Vegetable garden grower
- Interiorscape designer
- Exteriorscape designer
- Xeriscape designer (In arid-regions)
- Plant workshop provider
- Landscaping tutor
Some of the tasks in these jobs go without saying, for example, if one has to grow a garden, it’s quite obvious that one ought to know the appropriate length surpassing which it is crucial to mow grass.
What are the challenges appearing in a Landscaping Business?
Apart from the challenge existing in almost every business, i.e. C-O-M-P-E-T-I-T-I-O-N, there are certain other issues associated with plant growers which are related to decaying of the plants due to pests, growing of weed in grass, proper water management and waste disposal as per the instructions of the local authorities. So, you need to be completely aware of all rules and regulations in the field before being successful!
I mean if you start a business, you need to have a strategy or a service which pulls the customers towards you and encourages them to give your service at least one chance (Obviously, chances would be more if your work is up to the mark)
And if you are planning to step into different niches altogether, you need to make sure that the employees which you have appointed for the particular task (You would need some assistance, I suppose?), they ought to be completely trained about what and how to do that thing because in such businesses it is customer satisfaction that matters the most.
Not only this, but due to the fact that this field at times requires the use of certain machinery and dangerous chemicals also, an individual who is planning to step into a Landscaping Business ought to have the complete information and availability of the safety equipment.
If you are the one who is running this business all alone, be careful about the funds and always make a proper budget chart which ensures that your business is not running in the state of constant loss (or any loss at all!).
However, another crucial thing to keep in mind is the season. Yes! This is not a hidden fact that the spring doesn’t always last, and in such a case it becomes extremely important that you manage your funds in such a way that your earning lasts the autumn as well. Of course, for this you need to work hard in the spring. Or you can also think of snow plowing as a task for the winters.
All this sounds daunting, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, there are benefits too!
Benefits of a Landscaping Business
No pain means no gain, right?
Undeniably, the difficulties which you have read above are intimidating, but I’m sure, you’ll surely want to have a career in this field once you know what benefits it provides its entrepreneurs, yes! I mean entrepreneurs.
For your, there are some simple point which would help you understand the benefits of being a Landscaping Manager:
- Devote time and resources as per your convenience
- Not much expertise (Just some general knowledge required for the field)
- Work part-time or full-time as per your own convenience
- Have an all-season in-flow of money
- Earn huge profits in the long run with single time investment
- Manage the complete business on your own (without much assistance from outside)
- Be your own boss (Hurray!)
- Get more clients and rewards with the passage of time (Experience counts!)
The benefits just don’t end here and I’m sure that by spending even a small amount of time in the field, you shall be able to gain expertise enough for you to not just start your own business, but also run it successfully.
If you’re wondering where to start, stop thinking and begin looking for a Landscaping Professional who can provide you an apprentice and make your dream of running your own business come true.
What is needed to start a Landscaping Business?
Now, I don’t feel the need to tell you that every business needs at least some amount of investment in the beginning, and the best part of a Landscaping business is that you can make investment based on your financial capacity.
Okay! Logically speaking what equipment do you think is required for mowing lawns, obviously a mower. Just by buying a simple mower, you can get employment at a posh golf course where you can initially get around $55 per hour (OMG!) – the wages may vary according to the locality though! – and this can increase with the passage of time with the expansion of your business.
Apart from this, as I have already mentioned the field in some nations, or regions, demands obtaining a proper licence before beginning work, as your job here is dealing with chemical insecticides, pesticides, as well as you also need to be aware if any specific irrigation law prevails in the areas. (Don’t forget waste management!)
Then, when your business expands, and you require to appoint some workers, you must have their social security numbers and must also in every case be aware of the tax laws (both for yourself, as well as the workers). And don’t forget, insurance is also required for the machinery, safety gears, tools, and transportation used in this business of yours!
Is success assured in Landscaping business?
To be very honest, it all depends on the amount of hard work and dedication you put in your work which ensures how successful (and how quickly) you can be in this field. But even in the case of a sincere, perseverant naive, income of around $60,000 per annum has been observed and this likely to get five-fold in the next three to four years. Isn’t that too great!
Not only this, how efficiently you can handle your business and spread it online through the help of the internet is also likely to affect your performance and take your business to the next level.
Proper planning by keeping in mind factors like your budget, demand of the client as well the quality and type of resources you have, must take place in every task of yours and you also need to keep an eye on your subordinates, checking whether they also perform their tasks in the same way as you do or not.
What is more, you can also climb the ladder of success by improving your own self and by gaining more and more knowledge of the field. For this, you can also earn a professional degree in the field. However, just having a degree isn’t everything, today the time has changed and for everyone, hands-on experience is much more important than a degree.
So start learning more, and earning more fame as well as money. Should you have any query, feel free to get it cleared by our experts by mentioning in the comments sections, contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by tweeting us.