How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Landscaping, Nursery, or Lawn Service Business: With Companion CD-ROM

How to Open & Operate a Financially Successful Landscaping, Nursery, or Lawn Service Business: With Companion CD-ROM

Lynn Wasnak

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1601382286

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

If you enjoy working with people and working outdoors, operating a small nursery, landscaping, or lawn service may be the perfect business for you. In fact, many operators combine all three of these elements to make an ideal year-round business.

This complete manual will arm you with everything you need to get started and run with your new business, including: business forms, contracts, and worksheets and checklists for planning, opening, and running day-to-day operations. You will learn dozens of other valuable, timesaving tools of the trade that no business should be without.

While providing detailed instructions and examples, this book leads you through every detail that will bring success. You will learn how to draw up a winning business plan and about deciding on a name, choosing the right equipment, and selling your other services to your present customers.

You will learn about advertising, insurance, basic cost control systems,  and market research. You will learn how to build your business by using low and no cost ways to satisfy customers, as well as ways to increase sales and have customers refer others to you.   The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version.  It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

















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despite the turnout in other sections of the country, and demand remains high, thus offering growth opportunities. Lance’s Lawn Care and Nursery will begin as a limited liability company, LLC, owned entirely by Lance Lingering. Lance has worked as a lawn care and gardening specialist for the past eight years, as supervisor for Bob’s Yards and Patios, and more recently as a master nursery supervisor at Elaine’s Plants and Patios. Lance is a certified lawn maintenance quality-control

the $920 price difference represents your profit on this job, you are better off moving on to the next customer than working for free. Most people understand the concept of a fair price for a quality service and product. Work with your customers to help them achieve their landscaping goals by offering plans that meet their budgets. Perhaps this customer can wait for her flowerbed. You could even suggest what a great project that might be for next year. Keep smiling, and be professional and

job assignment correctly, angers an important customer, or pads expenses or hours? How will you handle it? Will you simply fire that person on the spot, or will you have a talk with him or her? If you decide to have a talk, do you know what you will say? If you do not know what to say, where will you go to find a suitable approach? Will this conflict mark the end of a long, rewarding friendship? Even if you know this individual needs to be let go, do you have the stomach to do it? That is one

sciences will serve you well throughout your career, since you will have a better understanding of the underlying concepts in plant care. In some cases you may also benefit by training on the job under an experienced landscaper or patio construction supervisor. There is no substitute for hands-on experience. Working for a successful lawn care, landscaping firm, or nursery can be considered in depth schooling. Keep your eyes and ears open on the job. You will learn how to find good suppliers,

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