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Starting a Landscaping Business

 

How to Start a Landscaping Business - Free Book


Are you considering starting a Landscaping Business? if yes, you'll find this free book to be extremely helpful.

This is a practical guide that will walk you step by step through all the essentials of starting your business. The book is packed with guides, worksheets and checklists. These strategies are absolutely crucial to your business' success yet are simple and easy to apply.

The Single Most Important Ingredient for Business Success

The first and most important thing you need to acquire in order to succeed in a small business is... knowledge.

Sounds exaggerated? Listen to this...

According to research conducted by Dun & Bradstreet, 90% of all small business failures can be traced to poor management resulting from lack of knowledge.

This is backed up by my own personal observations. In my 31 years as a business coach and consultant to small businesses, I've seen practically dozens of small business owners go under and lose their businesses -- not because they weren't talented or smart enough -- but because they were trying to re-invent the wheel rather than rely on proven, tested methods that work.

Conclusion: if you are really serious about succeeding in a business... If you want to avoid the common traps and mistakes... it is absolutely imperative that you acquire the right knowledge.

"Why Invent Mediocrity, When You Can Copy Genius?"

That's an excellent quote I picked up from a fellow business owner a few years back. What this means is that you should see what is working and try to duplicate Printing Business. Why go through all the trouble of inventing something new, that you don't even know will ever work, when you can easily learn from and duplicate something that has been a proven success?

[ Note: One of the BIGGEST mistakes almost all new businesses make is that they WASTE tons of valuable time, energy and money on trying to create something "new", that has never been tested or proven... only to find out later that it was a total loss. Don't make the same mistake! ]

Hi! My name is Meir. I'm the founder and president of BizMove.com, a successful internet based information business. I'm also the author of numerous books, mostly in the area of small business management.

I've been involved in small business for the past 31 years of my life, as a business coach, manager of a consulting firm, a seminar leader and as the owner of five successful businesses.

During my career as a business coach and consultant I've helped dozens of business owners start their businesses, market, expand, get out of troubles, sell their businesses and do practically every other small business activity you can think of.
You see, I have been there .... done it ... and bought the Small Business t-shirt! -- This free book contains techniques and strategies I've learned during my 31 year small business career.

Here's what you'll discover in the 'How to Start a Printing Business' book:

How to determine the feasibility of your business idea - a complete fill in the blanks template system that will help you predict problems before they happen and keep you from losing your shirt on dog business ideas.

A detailed manual that will walk you step by step through all the essential phases of starting your business

A complete business plan template. This fill-in-the-blanks template includes every section of your business plan, including Executive Summary, Objectives, SWOT Analysis, Marketing Analysis and Strategy, Operations Plan, Financial Projections and more (a similar template is sold elsewhere for $69.95).

All this and much much more.

Success Tip: Setting Goals

Good management is the key to success and good management starts with setting goals. Set goals for yourself for the accomplishment of the many tasks necessary in starting and managing your business successfully. Be specific. Write down the goals in measurable terms of performance. Break major goals down into sub-goals, showing what you expect to achieve in the next two to three months, the next six months, the next year, and the next five years. Beside each goal and sub-goal place a specific date showing when it is to be achieved.

Plan the action you must take to attain the goals. While the effort required to reach each sub-goal should be great enough to challenge you, it should not be so great or unreasonable as to discourage you. Do not plan to reach too many goals all at one time.

Establish priorities. Plan in advance how to measure results so you can know exactly how well you are doing. This is what is meant by "measurable" goals. If you can’t keep score as you go along you are likely to lose motivation. Re-work your plan of action to allow for obstacles which may stand in your way. Try to foresee obstacles and plan ways to avert or minimize them.

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Here's a Sample 'Executive Summary' for a Landscaping Business plan:

[Business Name] will sell landscape supply products to both residential and commercial customers. Additionally, the Company will also provide installation, maintenance and warranty services. The owner of [Business Name] is [Owner Name], who has extensive experience in the landscape supply and service industry. 
[Business Name] is to be headquartered in the rural area of Pine River, Minnesota just outside city limits with the nearest town approximately 6 miles away and its closest competition located 40 to 50 miles away. The Company prides itself on the quality of service, knowledge and expertise in this Business.
[Business Name] is seeking $1,500,000 in grant funding for the startup of this Business.  [Business Name] will be a boulder cutting operation and landscape supply Company in which it will manufacture and sell large boulders.  The Company will sell to the entire State of Minnesota with potential customers to include new and existing homeowners, landscapers, commercial and residential excavators, and commercial clients. With the management team already running an excavating business, an overflow of customers for the Company is expected.  Boulder cutting is in very high demand and currently the only other business that supplies these boulders are delayed with their orders at least 4 weeks.  Boulders, which can be described as large rocks sometimes as big as a small car, are cut with a rock saw and used to landscape in a variety of ways.
[Business Name]'s competitive edge is a combination of the unique product, interaction with clients and experience in the field.  The cut boulders are not only a rare or unique but it is a "Green" product that provides options for many potential customers in the community.  By providing clients an education on the services the Company provides, this builds relationships of trust and satisfaction.  Clients will come to depend on the unique product and services. 
Based on the detailed financial projections, [Business Name]'s future sales for 2010, 2011 and 2012 are expected to be $300,000, $800,000 and $1,000,000, respectively.

1.1 Objectives

[Business Name] has four main objectives:
1.  Become the top landscape supply company in the area with regard to Sales, Quality of Service, and Customer Service
2.  Maintain 85% positive feedback on Customer Service
3.  By fiscal year end 2012 employ 15 to 20 Full-time Employees
4.  Create a carried on family business for 50 years or more 

1.2 Mission

[Business Name]'s mission is to provide the Minnesota community with unparalleled customer service, reliable and quality product, and to stimulate the local economy by bringing employment opportunities to a rural area.

1.3 Keys to Success

The keys to success in this business are:
Reliability: of the products and services the Company offers.
Customer Satisfaction:  superior customer service.
Quality of Experience:  knowledge and reputation in this Business.
Location:  the Company is located in a Central area which is not only convenient for customers but also handicap accessible.

[Business Name]
Contact:  [Owner Name]
xxxxxxxxxxx
xxxxxx, MN xxxxx
Phone:  xxx-xxx xxx
Fax:  xxx-xxx xxx
xxxxxxxxx@yahoo.com

[Business Name] will sell landscape supply products to both residential and commercial customers. Additionally, the Company will also provide installation, maintenance and warranty services. The owner of [Business Name] is [Owner Name], who has extensive experience in the landscape supply and service industry. 
[Business Name] is to be headquartered in the rural area of Pine River, Minnesota just outside city limits with the nearest town approximately 6 miles away and its closest competition located 40 to 50 miles away. The Company prides itself on the quality of service, knowledge and expertise in this Business.

2.1 Company Ownership

[Business Name] is a Limited Liability Company 100% owned by [Owner Name], the Manager and Operator of the Business.

2.2 Start-up Summary

Start-up costs total $1,457,117, which is primarily building and equipment costs.  The assumptions are shown in the following table and chart. 

Table: Start-up

Start-up

 

 

 

Requirements

 

 

 

Start-up Expenses

 

Legal

$1,200

Stationery etc.

$200

Insurance

$350

Rent

$0

Office Equipment

$1,200

Other

$0

Total Start-up Expenses

$2,950

 

 

Start-up Assets

 

Cash Required

$2,500

Start-up Inventory

$16,667

Other Current Assets

$0

Long-term Assets

$1,435,000

Total Assets

$1,454,167

 

 

Total Requirements

$1,457,117

 

3.0 Products and Services

[Business Name] will be a boulder cutting operation and landscape supply Company in which it will manufacture and sell large boulders.  The Company will sell to the entire State of Minnesota with potential customers to include new and existing homeowners, landscapers, commercial and residential excavators, and commercial clients. With the management team already running an excavating business, an overflow of customers for the Company is expected.  Boulder cutting is in very high demand and currently the only other business that supplies these boulders are delayed with their orders at least 4 weeks.  Boulders, which can be described as large rocks sometimes as big as a small car, are cut with a rock saw and used to landscape in a variety of ways.  

US landscaping product demand is forecast to grow 6.1 percent annually through 2013 based on a recovery in the housing market. Decorative products will benefit from the relatively low market penetration of water features. Hardscapes will see favorable growth as consumers value pavers, stones and boulders for patios, walkways and surrounds.

The Company will sell its products and services by advertising in phone books, news papers, mail out flyers, word of mouth, web site and make on-site visits. [Business Name] plans to supply its customers on the first visit or first call and be open seven days a week. 


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