You might be an expert in curating your lawn, but a lawn care business requires much more than mowing skills. You have to understand your target customers, ongoing trends in the industry and also be self-disciplined.

All good? Are you in for it?

In today’s article, I’m going to share five steps to start a lawn care business. After reading this article, you will have a basic understanding of how you should start.

Without further ado, let’s dive in:

1- Learn Ins and Outs of Lawn Care

To set up a successful lawn care business, understand all the processes involved. From lawn mowing and watering to fertilizing and cleaning up, you should know everything like the back of your hand.

As rightly pointed out by Jake Hill, the founder of WikiLawn,

“Lawn care practices are seasonal—so what is done for your lawn in the spring should be different than what is done in the summer. So you should know every little detail about lawn care before you start your lawn care business”

Having information about mowing techniques, watering recommendations, fertilizers, weed control, and aeration is a must.

And apart from understanding lawn care, you should also be familiar with the equipment you will need.
When you learn the ins and outs of lawn care, you will be ready to start your business.

2- Plan Your Finance

Starting a lawn care business won’t cost you a fortune. Still, you need to budget the initial investment and plan your finance.

So, open up a spreadsheet and start calculating the cost involved in business license, insurance and also the equipment.

You need not buy every high-tech gadget available, but mower, trimmer and hand tools are a must. A vehicle is also a necessity, which you can either purchase or get leased.

Also, you should factor in the various operation costs like labor charges, utility bills, and equipment maintenance.

3- Register Your Business

Once you’re done with financial planning. It’s time to register your business. So, think it through and pick up a name for your business.

Having a separate legal entity has certain benefits like personal liability protection.
When you’ve decided a name, check if it’s already in use or trademarked.

If it’s not, the next step is to register it with either your state or country. Check with the local office for more information.

4- Find Customers

After you’ve got yourself registered, you’ll have to start building your client base. Ask your friends and family and get the word out.

Also, anyone buying or selling a home or developing a new property will need your services.

Other people who can’t find time out from their job are potential customers, too. So, drive around or observe while you jog to find lawns that need your attention.

Then, meet the owners and schedule a convenient time to show your experience.

5- Market Your Lawn Care Business

Potential customers also go online to know more about your business. So, get a business domain name registered and strengthen your web presence.

And then, market your business aggressively. Traditional marketing – business cards, flyers, and letters – along with word-of-mouth marketing (i.e. referrals) work.

But don’t forget the power of online marketing in uplifting your business. Marketing your small business on social media can bring in many new leads for your business.

Make a Facebook page of your business and share regular updates and links from your website. Interact with your clients and prospects online.

Also, people now consume videos more than ever. So creating videoes to market your business can be a good strategy.

Sanket Shah, who has founded InVideo, an online video editing platform says,

"As a small business owner, you should be creative in marketing your business. Only then, you can achieve the desired success. And creating educating videos can be a smart strategy to create buzz for your brand. InVideo can help you edit your videos quickly without any hassle."

Final thoughts,

Yes, setting up and running a lawn care small business is no mean feat to pull off. But if you plan your business structure and follow the above steps, you can get up and running in no time. Find customers, ask for referrals and market your business as much as you can.

And while you’re at it, don’t forget to register with Google My Business to boost your success.

What about you? Do you want to share any other tips to start a lawn care business? Please leave them in the comment section. I’d love to know about them.

Author's Bio: 

Sandeep Rathore is the founder of QuickScream, an Indian content marketing agency. He co-founded DoQuickly, a portal that offers easy-to-follow tips to do things quickly.

He regularly contributes to leading online publications, such as Entrepreneur, Small Business Trends, Business 2 Community, Social Media Today, and many more.