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How to Make Money with Your Own Landscaping Business

Dec 30th 2010 at 7:25 AM

What a wild winter this has been! Snow, cold, more snow - but don't let it get you down. It will be over before you know it. And when the snow is gone, everyone starts thinking about planting, landscaping and beautifying their lawns and gardens. Landscapers, you need to start signing up customers now.

If you're just starting out, you'll need to invest in some good reliable lawn and garden equipment, hand tools, and a vehicle to haul it all. Then you'll need to find out what the going rates are for landscaping services in your area. You want to keep your rates competitive without underselling yourself in your target market.

Once you've decided on your prices, you need customers. A good way to attract clients is to offer a discount for first-time users of your service. Check out what your competitors are doing. Do they offer free estimates and consultations? Do they offer discounts for long-term contracts? These are good incentives to find and retain customers.

Be visible. Put your business name and contact info, including website URL, on your vehicle and make sure it's easily readable. Carry printed business cards with you at all times and remember to pass them out freely. Always carry your necessary paperwork (estimate forms, contracts, etc) in your vehicle or on your laptop or mobile device, so that they're accessible upon request. Advertise in the local Yellow Pages and other business directories, local cable TV and community association newsletters.

And if you have already done landscaping for clients (or for friends and family), take pictures of your work and create a portfolio. Post these on your website and keep printed copies handy to show potential clients.

You can purchase a ready-made Landscaping Contract from Downloadable and easy to use, you can edit and customize the contract template to fit your exact needs. The contract covers a wide variety of landscaping and groundskeeping services.

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