How to start Landscape Designer business successfully guide for individuals want to quit their jobs and start their careers as an entrepreneur are as follows:
DESCRIPTION OF JOB
• Change a landscape’s appearance using trees, shrubbery, and/or flowering
• Maintain a client’s garden and plantings.
Beautifully planted and maintained properties with flourishing shrubs, artfully
placed flowers in vibrant bloom, and handsome rolling lawns do not happen by
A great deal of work goes into designing, planting, and maintaining a standalone
garden or plantings around a house. Unless you were born with a green
thumb or have developed one through years of practice, it may make sense to hire
a professional landscape designer.
You’ll need an artist’s eye and a gardener’s knowledge of plants, trees, and conditions.
What kind of plants grow best in your area? How long is the growing season,
and what are the extremes of heat and cold, drought and rain? Is the soil in
your area too sandy, or does it have a significant amount of clay or loam? How
much mulch do you need to use?
How much sunlight does a particular area receive, and what is the exposure
of the plot of land you will be working on?
Take the time to meet with your clients and make sure they understand your
proposal and its costs. Make certain you are aware of the boundaries of your
client’s property; if you put a tree on a neighbor’s property you may be opening
yourself to liability or a financial loss.
KNOW THE TERRITORY
You need unimproved or underimproved land and clients who are willing to pay
to have their property professionally landscaped. The best area for this sort of
work is likely to be suburbs.
Look for areas with new subdivisions and other recent construction.
Make use of books, magazines, and the Internet to research landscaping
schemes and learn as much as you can about plants that thrive in your area.
You will be selling your services to plan and implement changes to the landscape;
you can also sell your time to maintain the health and attractiveness of
plants you have put in place.
HOW TO GET STARTED
You can gain hands-on experience by working as a helper for a gardener or landscaping
company. Some large home supply stores and garden centers offer
classes on planting and landscaping.
Post flyers and ads at community centers, in retail stores, and on bulletin
boards. Place ads in newspapers and shopping guides.
Make contact with area greenhouses and nurseries, contractors, and real
estate agents; ask them to refer business to you and offer them a bonus or commission
for doing so. Ask friends, acquaintances, and satisfied customers to recommend
your services, offering them a bonus or discount on future work.
This job can be operated in conjunction with a lawn mowing service (covered
earlier in this chapter) or separately. If you will not be offering lawn care, make
contact with a company that provides this service and seek a reciprocal agreement
whereby they will refer landscaping jobs to you and you will recommend
them for their services.
You will need your own tools for planting and maintenance, including shovels,
trowels, shears, pruners, and weeders. You will be able to rent major pieces of
equipment such as earth movers and power shovels, or hire a subcontractor for
You will need a vehicle large enough to carry your equipment. Most nurseries
and plant suppliers will deliver trees and shrubs to your work site.
Some landscapers use computer programs to draw plans that show how
plants and shrubs will be placed on the property.
HOW MUCH TO CHARGE
Most of this sort of work is billed on an hourly basis, plus the cost of any plants
and other expenses. You can offer some fixed prices for simple jobs such as creating
a flower bed or planting a bush.
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