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Landscaping Business Plan

Landscaping business is also known as Lawn mow business, learn about landscaping either by working in the company or offering to serve as an apprentice to the practicing landscaper. Landscaping is not only about gardening or tree trimming business, it also involves working with building design, irrigation and other key techniques. You must choose which type of landscaping business to start which likely depends one number of factor. Various types of services can be offered like lawn mowing, landscape maintenance, sod installation and hydro seeding, weeding, fertilizer and /or pest control application interior scaping, design work on subcontracting basis. You may also start on your own as an independent business or you may consider franchising if you have little experience about the business.

This business needs a small business loan which will be a secured funding and after which the licensing of the business is required in order to tender the service. Get involved with a trade organization which will offer professional development opportunities, which is a good way to stay updated on new advances in landscaping. Target the market through various marketing campaign like social media / TV etc. the social media is about creating a personal relationship with clients and your audience. Learn to build relation with customer which will lead to royal client base, because the commercial maintenance is so competitive.

Present yourself as an expert in a particular area, develop a specialty identity and also take advantage of speaking and presentation opportunities, where the clients will that you are professional and an expert. Business plan helps the entrepreneur to understand, to visualize, to plan and to identify risks, even before making any investments in the business. Preparing a business plan involves detailed research so that all the aspects of the given business are evaluated and appropriate decisions are made. These industry is roughly at $73 Billion in in 2014. In 2013, the landscaping industry has witnessed a profit by 50% in the services firms. Were the sales growth in 2012 was nearly 10% from 7% in 2009.

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All organizations are made up of group of capabilities that are coming from People, Processes and Systems. These capabilities are working together in a seamless manner to deliver the requisite capabilities to the customer. The various capabilities that need to be addressed in a Landscaping business plan are given below:

People

Managing Director, General Manager, Admin Officer, Accountant, Construction Manager, Construction Supervisor, Forman, Maintenance Manager, Maintenance Engineers, Supervisor, Landscape architecture.

Process

Project Management, Strategy Management, Business Management, turf grass Management, Pest Management, Park Management, Field Maintenance, organic management, accounting and finance management, human resource management.

Systems

Lawn mower, Edger, Gardening tools, Leaf Blower, fertilizer, Safety gear, Sit-down mower, weedwhacker and trimmer, shovels, truck or trailer, picks, rakes and hoes.

Most of the businesses have professional bodies across the globe and being associated with these organizations tremendously helps in understanding the current trends in business. Some of the professional bodies are listed below for your reference:

National Association of Landscape Professionals
12500 Fair Lakes Circle, Suite 200, Fairfax, VA 22033

British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI)
Landscape House, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG

Association of Professional Landscapers
Horticulture House, Chilton, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0RN

LNA Masters Landscapers Association
209/4, Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills, New South Wales Australia 2153

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