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Gardening is a growing thing. If you love gardening and would like to start a gardening and landscaping business, then this may be for you. More people today than ever are interested in these things:
- Agrihood & agrihood communities
- Being your own boss
If that’s you, then you’ll want to consider the possibility of starting a gardening business. If you’re already a landscaper all the better. The way to stay ahead of your competition is to increase your offerings of services.
The way to stay ahead of your competition is to increase your offerings of services.
Once you get into the flow of thinking about business, you’ll begin to see opportunities everywhere. The most successful entrepreneurs are those who are always open to seeing opportunity and then act on what’s relevant.
For instance, the landscaper who wants to grow his business will also pay attention to the condition of his customer’s gutters and downspouts. Why? For opportunities to add services by adding value.
Added Value Services
Consider how the average homeowner isn’t in the habit of walking around inspecting their home. If you’re doing their yard and landscape maintenance, then all the more, they’re also not seeing the condition of the exterior of their home and yard the way you are.
Take note of the condition of the home and surroundings. As you note things that need servicing or repair, you’ll be able to make those recommendations to the homeowner.
You can make referral recommendations just as an added value courtesy, and it’s also okay to receive a referral fee for the job from the referred contractor if you have that prior agreement, however it’s best that you let the homeowner know.
Integrity Grows Trust and Boosts Business
When it comes to disclosure of affiliate relationships, you could say that you noticed their gutters needed cleaning and you have an associate who would love that work. Tell them you do receive a referral fee at no charge to them, but you’re informing them of the need as a courtesy and of course they’re welcome to contact whomever they wish for the job.
The homeowner will appreciate your honesty, which will gain your more trust and more business, and most will be glad to not have to figure out who to hire for that. Another option is that you may choose to offer those services yourself, or else add those services to your company’s offerings.
Here’s a list of ideas as examples to launch your own thinking and observational inclinations.
Opportunities forLandscapers to Grow Your Business
- Offer to design, create and maintain an edible landscaping and permaculture garden
- Build or install greenhouses & sheds
- Gutters (offer gutter cleaning)
- Offer window cleaning
- Offer repair and maintenance services inside and out (little old ladies need help with things a simple as light bulbs. To help with that could be for free and you’ll get a fan for life)
There are other higher level services you could offer, such as:
- Pest control services
- HVAC (Heating & air conditioning maintenance services)
There’s no limit to your business opportunities once you get into the opportunity mindset. Our favorite one of all of those is the concept of offering gardening services helping people to incorporate edible plants into their landscape. There’s something wonderful about growing your own food and helping others get into doing that.
For more ideas and information on the incredible trends in landscape gardening businesses, you’ll enjoy perusing this article.
Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.