How To Start A Landscaping Business – Forbes Advisor
When starting a landscaping business, the first step is to create a plan. It doesn’t need to be as comprehensive as a traditional business plan, but it is worth outlining the areas in which you plan to serve, the services you plan to offer, any specializations you might have, the tools and equipment you need to get started, your budget, and a general idea of how you plan to market your business and acquire customers.
For example, here’s a list of items that you’ll need to start a landscaping business:
- Pickup truck: $30,766
- Mower: $350 to $1,499
- Trimmers: $169 to $249
- Edgers: $109 to $119
- Blower: $109 to $409
- Two gas cans (one for regular fuel and one for mixed fuel for trimmers and edgers): $25
- Shovels: $13 to $34
- Shears: $13 to $32
- Rakes: $12 to $28
- Work gloves: $12 to $15
- Noise canceling headphones: $89
- Safety goggles: $3 to $13
- Steel-toed boots: $76 to $83
Of course, you may need more tools if you have employees. For example, this might mean multiple blowers and edgers, and an assortment of rakes. On top of that, you’ll also need to have funds available for materials and products, such as fertilizer, pesticides, plants and flowers – depending on your customer’s needs.
Generally, it’s best to anticipate needing $10,000 to start your business, depending on the amount of equipment you already own. This includes the equipment needed, business formation, insurance, website development and an initial marketing campaign.