When starting a landscaping business, the first step is to create a plan. It doesn’t need to be as comprehensive as a traditional business plan, but it’s worth outlining the areas you plan to serve, the services you plan to offer, the specializations you might have, the tools and equipment you need to get started, your budget, and a general idea of how you plan to market your business and acquire customers.
For example, here is a list of items you will need to start a landscaping business:
- Pickup truck: $30,766
- Mower: $350 to $1,499
- Trimmer: $169 to $249
- Border: $109 to $119
- Blower: $109 to $409
- Two gas cans (one for regular fuel and one for blended trimmer and edger fuel): $25
- Shovels: $13 to $34
- Shears: $13 to $32
- Rakes: $12 to $28
- Work gloves: $12 to $15
- Noise canceling headphones: $89
- Safety glasses: $3 to $13
- Steel toe boots: $76 to $83
Of course, you may need more tools if you have employees. For example, this may mean several blowers and edgers, and an assortment of rakes. In addition to this, you will also need funds available for materials and products, such as fertilizers, pesticides, plants and flowers, depending on your client’s needs.
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to anticipate needing $10,000 to start your business, depending on how much equipment you already have. This includes the necessary equipment, business set-up, insurance, website development and an initial marketing campaign.