How to Start a Home-Based Landscaping Business

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Have you ever dreamed of starting your own home-based 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 business. Author 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 ...
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Overview

Have you ever dreamed of starting your own home-based 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 business. Author 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 surfing the Internet to obtain valuable resources and marketing your landscaping services on the Net. From painless recordkeeping to savvy marketing techniques, his step-by-step methods are practical, innovative, and easy to understand.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564409973
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/1996
  • Series: How to Start a Home-Based Business Series
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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Santa Barbara, California, resident Owen E. Dell, a licensed landscape architect and landscape contractor, has been beautifying yards for almost thirty years. An award-winning garden designer, his gardens have been featured in the Los Angeles Times, California Landscape, Sunset, and other publications.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Chapter 1 So You Think You Want to Be a Landscaper 1
Measuring the Landscaper's Life 1
What Kinds of Work Are Available and Who Does What? 2
Do You Have What It Takes? 10
Why Do You Want to Run Your Own Business? 12
Making the Transition: Amateur to Professional 12
Part Time or Full Time? 17
Chapter 2 Getting Started 19
Start Up or Buy? 19
Working Out of Your Home 21
Tools and Equipment 22
Other Office Basics 39
The Bank Account 41
Insurance 41
Legal Considerations 45
Business Taxes 48
Defining Your Niche 49
Conclusion 53
Chapter 3 Writing a Business Plan 55
Why Do a Business Plan, Anyway? 56
Preparing the Business Plan, Step-by-Step 57
Some Tips on Raising Money 80
Chapter 4 Learning to Live with Record Keeping 83
Bookkeeping 83
General Business Records 106
Chapter 5 Employees: A Joy and a Nuisance 115
How Many People Will You Need? 115
Job Categories (Field) 118
Finding Good Employees 121
Legal Requirements of Employers 123
Hiring 128
Developing an Employee Manual 135
Training Employees 136
Managing Employees 138
Record Keeping 142
Chapter 6 Getting Work 147
Serving the Client Well 148
Marketing Basics 149
Getting the Work 159
Advertising 163
Alternative Forms of Marketing 169
Keeping Track of Potential Clients: Contact Report 170
Chapter 7 Bidding 173
The Main Elements of a Bid 173
The Bidding Process, Step-by-Step 177
Submitting the Bid 185
Sample Bidding Forms 187
The Contract 187
Job Costing 194
Sales 101 194
Chapter 8 Finally You Get to Do Some Real Work 197
Designing the Project 197
Project Management 200
Getting Along with Others 218
Getting Paid 221
Following Up on Your Jobs 233
Business Nightmares: Keeping Your Nose Clean 234
Chapter 9 The Long Haul 241
After the Work Is Done 241
Guarantees 243
Liability for Work 246
Long-Term Management 246
Planning for Growth 254
Planning for Retirement 255
In Conclusion 255
Appendix 1 Resources 257
Appendix 2 Using the Internet 269
Appendix 3 Business Plan Worksheet and Other Forms 275
Index 307
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