Lawn Care Services Business
One lawn care business will be different from the next but there will also be many similarities. Therefore, one of the best ways to put your own business plan together is to refer to some sample plans that other lawn care businesses have used. There are many of these free plans floating around online. They are not always easy to find so I have done a little research and found a good selection for you. You can find links to these samples below.
So once you’ve decided upon the location in which you would like to try your lawn care business, and have a good idea of what type of services you will provide your customers, you will likely want to come up with an idea of how much it will cost to get your operation underway.
Thankfully, a lawn care service is often toward the lower end of the scale when it comes to start-up costs when compared to many other businesses.
Equipment will likely be the largest portion of your start-up costs. Before you go out and spend thousands of dollars on the latest lawn mowers, edges, trimmers, weed eaters, blowers, and all the rest though, you might want to take a look around your own garage first.
Once you have developed a sizeable equipment inventory, consider developing a cyclical maintenance program to ensure your equipment regularly gets the proper care needed to keep it operating at peak efficiency.
After any initial equipment and advertising costs are paid for, labor will probably be your highest and most consistent expense line. This is why it will probably behoove you to keep labor costs down, at least until you have gathered a core group of customers and find it necessary to expand your business. You may even want to keep your operation limited just to yourself until you learn the ropes and feel comfortable bringing outside parties aboard.
Your labor costs and how you will utilize your personnel is something that will have to be carefully considered in your business plan.
After you determine exactly how much you want to charge for your services and how much you’ll be paying yourself, you’ll need to consider how many clients you would have to service to pay for your daily overhead (i.e. gas, your time, equipment, etc.). You will then likely have to consider how much you would pay each additional employee and determine if their efforts would garner enough income to cover the cost of their labor.