Summer is almost here. Everywhere you look, flowers are blooming, trees are blossoming, and the grass is growing greener by the minute. If you’re considering starting a lawn care business, there’s no better time than now to get going. After all, Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for lawn care professionals. There are plenty of opportunities to grow your business as people prepare their homes for the warm months ahead. But how do you create a lawn care business? Well, there are a few basic things you should do to get started, like create a website, get some equipment, and—let’s not forget—get yourself covered with Lawn Care Business Insurance! Let’s take a look at the steps you can take right now to get your lawn care business started today.
HOW TO START A LAWN CARE BUSINESS
STEP ONE: CHOOSE A BUSINESS NAMEThe first essential step to starting your lawn care business is to figure out what you want your business to be called. A good name is important because it adds credibility and communicates a sense of professionalism that will help you get more business. While having a catchy or clever name can help people remember your business, it’s also okay to be with the practical approach, with something as simple as “Neal’s Landscaping and Lawn Care Service.” Don’t feel like you have to wrack your brain, the important thing is that you have a name that your clients can remember. If you’re feeling particularly savvy, you could even look into purchasing a website and starting a social media page for your lawn care business. For as low as a few dollars a month, you can purchase a domain and use a website editing service like Squarespace or Wix to give your customers a place to look at your services and prices.
STEP TWO: REGISTER YOUR BUSINESSSo you’ve got a name and a website, but before you start mowing people’s lawns, you’ll need to register your business with your local and state government. Legally registering your business can establish trust and credibility with clients; it’s also a way to make sure you don’t get in trouble when it comes to paying taxes and other important business things. In order to register your business, you will need to choose the kind of business structure you want to use. Some of the most common structures include sole proprietorships, partnerships, and LLCs. Each has their own benefits and requirements, so check out SBA’s small business structure guide to figure out what structure you’ll want to use.
STEP THREE: PURCHASE SOME EQUIPMENTYou can’t start your lawn care business if you don’t have lawn care equipment. Purchasing the right gear will probably be the largest investment you make to get started, but it’s definitely worth the cost. Having the right equipment will help you perform your job efficiently and safely, allowing you to safely take on more jobs and grow your business. Lawn care equipment can get pricey, though, and when starting your business, you probably won’t want to purchase a lot of top-of-the-line stuff. For example, commercial lawn mowers are pretty much a must have for lawn care professionals, but if you can find one second-hand, you may save yourself a lot of money. Other equipment you will want to invest in include:
- safety equipment (hard hats, safety vest, gloves)
- landscaping tools (shovels, rakes, etc)
- trimmers, edgers, and blowers
- spreaders and sprayers (if you decide to offer fertilization or pesticide services)