While we may live in the digital age, there’s no doubt that physical and manual jobs remain particularly popular in certain parts of the UK.
According to the statistics, the total number of employed and self-employed landscapers in the UK reached around 157,000 in 2020, with this figure having stabilised after the slight decline recorded between 2016 and 2018.
But how can you get your landscaping business off the ground? We’ve outlined a brief, step-by-step guide below, so that you can take your first step towards realising your career ambition!
#1. Layout Exactly What You Want to Achieve
Let’s start with the basics; as every successful business requires its owner to have a clearly-defined vision and an innate understanding of the services that you intend to offer.
Make no mistake; this is particularly important in the world of landscaping, where service providers can offer a broad range of related services that can impact on everything from demand to their basic operating costs.
From general bed maintenance and detailing to spring clean-ups, pruning and hedging, these services will help to shape your business and define its position in the live marketplace.
#2. Invest in the Right Tools
There’s an old adage which suggests that a worker (particularly a manual worker) is only ever as good as his tools, so it’s important to lay out an initial sum of money to ensure that you’re able to carry out the services you offer to customers.
Jobs will certainly be more efficient and higher quality with the requisite tools, from manual and easy to use garden shears to power tools and petrol-powered lawn mowers.
This means that you can deliver on your promises to clients and pledged services, while completing work within the desired time-frame and to the necessary standard.
You should also ensure that you have a broad selection of basic tools, including shears, maintenance tools, spades and forks.
#3. Get Insured
On a final note, landscaping requires you to work in people’s homes, creating the need for you to protect yourself against potential claims in the unlikely event of an accident, damage or industry.
You’ll certainly need public liability insurance when working at people’s properties, while also drilling down into the precise services that you offer to identify any other potential forms of required tradesperson insurance.
If you have a slightly larger operation that includes a team of landscapers and workers, you may also need employers’ liability insurance to protect the relationship between you and your staff members.
Also, you’ll need to ensure any business vehicles in which you transport equipment, as it’s not unheard of for stock and tools to be damaged or stolen in transit.