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Getting Started Checklist for a Lawn Care Business

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If you are stuck in a boring desk job that no longer brings you joy and happiness, then what better time to start your own business? If you love being outdoors, making your own schedule, and have a green thumb, why not start a lawn care business?

It’s not super complicated to start and if done right, a lawn care business has the potential to earn you upwards of $100K a year. If you hit it big, you can run multiple crews and continue to expand your earnings.

What do I need to start a lawn care business?

Below is a handy, printable checklist for you to make sure you’re not missing any of the critical steps to starting your lawn care business.

You gotta have heart

What do you need to start a lawn care business? Ideally, you have a passion for this kind of industry. You will be more enthusiastic about putting in the effort and spending a lot of time on growing your business if lawn care is something you genuinely care about. After all, as the saying goes; love what you do and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Lawn care is not just about having a green thumb. It includes many different kinds of services such as:

Create a lawn care business plan

In order to be able to have a thriving lawn care business, you will need a business plan. Just like any other business, this will serve as your blueprint to guide you towards your goals and will help keep you organized and motivated.

In your business plan, you will need to outline your budget,, how many people (employees) you need, and what equipment you have/need to start a business.

Set goals for yourself based on how much you’re investing into the business, and how much time you have to dedicate to the work. Is this your side hustle or you main source of income? It could very well start as one and turn into the other, but if so that also includes having an exit strategy from your nine to five.

An LLC or a legit company pays their expenses before taxes. This is a very crucial component to setting-up your business because being an LLC opens up a lot more tax loopholes for you.

Get a lawn care business name and license

Whether you are just a one-person show or you own a complete lawn care operation with a fleet of employees, you’ll need a business license.

You’ll first need to apply to be an LLC. You have to make sure that your lawn care business name isn’t already taken. You’ll then fill out documents, pay the necessary fees, show the documents to your bank, and obtain insurance. After all those requirements have been met, you will be granted your own LLC.

An LLC or legitimate company pays their expenses before taxes. This is a very crucial component to setting up your business because being an LLC opens up a lot more tax loopholes for you. This means, you can write off more as a part of your operating expenses during income tax season. This translates to smaller taxes for you and a larger take home pay. Of course, you have to be approved by your city government.

Set up a corporate bank account

Setting up a corporate account will make sure that you enjoy all the perks of being an LLC. You must never mix your personal account with your LLC account to ensure you’re protected. In case someone goes after your LLC, your personal funds will remain untouchable. Keeping your personal expenses separate also makes it easier to organize your finances.

Secure a good insurance policy for your lawn care business

Do not forget about insurance. You will need it to protect yourself, your staff, and your equipment just in case something happens on one of your jobs. This is also for your security in case someone ever decides to sue your business.

First, you will want small business insurance, which will protect a business's assets, property and income. Depending on the coverage you choose, a business owners policy helps protect against things like financial losses, theft, fire, wind, damage from falling objects and lightning. It's important to read your policy documents carefully to understand which coverages are included by your insurer.

You may also be able to buy additional insurance coverages to customize your policy based on your specific operation and needs. You will need comprehensive insurance for your work truck and trailer. It must include all occupants and equipment in case you get into an accident.

Buy good equipment

You can not beat good, quality equipment with warranty. If you’re thinking of going the second-hand route, make sure to test everything out before buying. Do not purchase anything that has not been well-maintained. The last thing you want when your operations are up and running is to refuse jobs because your machinery has broken down. Good equipment will make your work life a lot easier, and you can do things more efficiently and effectively.

Check out our guide for buying the right equipment.

Hire the right set of people

Your team is a critical component to your lawn care business’ success. They will help you boost your business and please your clients. You don’t want an unreliable employee who will bail on you at the last minute. It is critical to do a background check and vet all the hands working for you.

Lawn crew

Promote your business

When you’re new, one of the things needed to start a lawn care business is to actively promote your company. You may have the best knowledge, team, and equipment, but if no one knows who you are, then they won’t get the chance to hire you.

We suggest setting up your own website, being active on social media, and doing localized Facebook and Google ads. Once the jobs start coming in, you have to consistently do well and give great customer service because word of mouth and personal testimonials will do the selling for your lawn care company.

It can seem like a lot to start a lawn care business but if you’re passionate about your success, it is not too difficult at all. All you need is a good plan to make sure your goals come to fruition.

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