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Have you ever dreamed of starting your own 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 own business.
Author Owen 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 market your services. From painless record keeping to cost-efficient management techniques, Dell's step-by-step methods are practical, innovative, and easy to understand.
Learn all about:
Writing Your Own Business Plan
Getting Clients and Dealing with Them Professionally
Screening and Hiring Employees
Marketing Your Business On and Off the Internet
Designing Projects and Project Management
Outshining the Competition
Use these special features and workbook pages:
Business Plan Worksheet
Material and Labor Records
Sample Office Forms
"I highly recommend reading the . . . How to [Start] a Home-Based Business series. Each book in the series acts as your personal guide to starting and running a home-based business."
-Steve Rubel, Mac Home Journal
Ready to launch and grow your home-based landscaping business? This guide covers all the bases, from getting clients and referrals to designing projects to marketing your business on the Internet.
About the Author
Owen E. Dell,
RLA, a licensed landscape architect and landscape contractor, is a 35-year veteran of the profession. He is also an internationally known lecturer, a writer, and a television personality. His award-winning projects have been featured in Sunset Magazine, Landscape Architecture,
the Los Angeles Times,
and numerous other books and publications.
Table of Contents
(1) So You Think You Want to Be a Landscaper, (2) Getting Started, (3) Writing a Business Plan, (4) Learning to Live with Record Keeping, (5) Enployees: A Joy and a Nuisance, (6) Getting Work, (7) Bidding, (8) Finally You Get To Do Some Real Work, (9) The Long Haul, (10) Appendix 1: Resources, (11) Appendix 2: Using the Internet, (12) Appendix 3: Business Plan Worksheet and Other Forms, Index