How to Start a Home-Based Landscaping Business, 6th: *Develop a profitable business plan *Build word-of-mouth referrals *Handle employees, paperwork, and taxes *Work smart and safe *Adapt to new trends like sustainable landscaping *Become your area's top

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Everything you need to know to run a successful landscaping business from your home. “We applaud Dell’s no-nonsense attitude, since it could save a wannabe professional landscaper a lot of grief. . . . Checking out [this book] is well worth the money and time.”—HortIdeas Magazine Have you ever dreamed of starting your own landscaping business? Have you been hesitant to put your plans into action? This comprehensive guide contains all the necessary tools and strategies you need to successfully launch and grow your...
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Overview

Everything you need to know to run a successful landscaping business from your home. “We applaud Dell’s no-nonsense attitude, since it could save a wannabe professional landscaper a lot of grief. . . . Checking out [this book] is well worth the money and time.”—HortIdeas Magazine Have you ever dreamed of starting your own landscaping business? Have you been hesitant to put your plans into action? This comprehensive guide contains all the necessary tools and strategies you need to successfully launch and grow your own business. Owen E. Dell shares his experiences and down-to-earth advice on every aspect of setting up and running a thriving home-based landscaping business. He shows you how to purchase the right tools, estimate start-up costs, price services, and stay profitable once in business. He even offers tips for using the Internet to obtain valuable resources and market your services. From painless record keeping to cost-efficient management techniques, Dell’s step-by-step methods are practical, innovative, and easy to understand. Use these special features and workbook pages: Business Plan WorksheetMaterial and Labor RecordCost WorksheetsSample Office Forms Profit-and-Loss Worksheet This revised and updated sixth edition also features advice on marketing and selling one’s services within “sustainable landscaping,” one of the hottest new trends in the field.
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“A down-to-earth and informative guide to setting up and running your own landscaping business. Written in an engaging, readable style.” —Landscape & Nursery Digest “We applaud Dell’s no-nonsense attitude, since it could save a wanna-be professional landscaper a lot of grief . . . checking it out is well worth the money and time.” —HortIdeas Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762752683
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/6/2010
  • Series: Home-Based Business Series
  • Edition description: Sixth Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 634,489
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Owen E. Dell, RLA, a licensed landscape architect and landscape contractor, is a thirty-nine-year veteran of the profession. He is also an internationally known lecturer, a writer, and a television personality. His award-winning projects have been featured in Sunset Magazine, Landscape Architecture, the Los Angeles Times, and numerous other books and publications. He lives in Santa Barbara, California. Visit him at owendell.com.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: So You Think You Want to Be a LandscaperChapter 2: Getting StartedChapter 3: Writing a Business PlanChapter 4: Learning to Live with Record KeepingChapter 5: Employees: A Joy and a NuisanceChapter 6: Getting WorkChapter 7: BiddingChapter 8: Finally You Get to Do Some Real WorkChapter 9: The Long Haul Appendixes* Resources* Using the Internet* Business Plan Worksheet and Other Forms
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