Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > General Business Discussions

General Business Discussions A place to talk about general business discussions.

Thinking of starting a business


General Business Discussions

A place to talk about general business discussions.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-22-2006, 12:52 AM
Malrex Malrex is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 1
Rep Power: 0
Malrex
Default

Hello everyone!

Not sure if this is an appropriate place to try get some advice, but thought I would give it a shot.

Will try to make this story short. I have a Masters in Environmental Science**working with creek restoration and watershed management. Wife wanted to move to PA to be close to family, I quit dream job and moved here with her. Picked up a landscaping job, was somewhat similiar to what I did and I enjoy being outside (and couldn't find any environmental type jobs that I was interested in.) I have done landscaping for a year and have picked up alot of different skills. I have always done my own landscaping for myself and have done maintenance type jobs (weeding, leafblowing, etct.) while in middle school and high school. The business I'm in is sorta shady and 90% of the employees are leaving after we get laid off during winter. I had a buddy who wanted to be partners with me and have us start our own landscaping business. Well, of course, his last application landed him a great job with benefits, so now I'm stuck on my own.

I don't want to give up my dream. I would like to start my own landscaping business**most likely going solo until I get the hang of things (business-wise) and eventually hiring people. I'm not interested in a huge company, I would like to operate from home with 2-3 employees in the future. I would like to focus on design and build**mainly ponds (which I enjoy and feel comfortable doing), new planting beds, and maintenance (leaf-clean-up, spring clean-up, weeding).
My wife's father is an accountant and is willing to help me on the business side of things...and I do have some of my wife's family members who I could get to help me during weekends if I needed them with large projects. I have been researching heavily into books on how to run a business, how to design, different landscaping ideas, ect., and have started writing a business plan.

My main questions are:
Do I need to be certified and/or licensed to do a design and build landscaping business (small projects) in Pennsylvania? I've searched around and only could find landscape architect licenses.

Is it viable to run a landscaping business solo? (no hardscaping or mowing...yet).

Am I crazy?

Any advice would be great. I have never run a business myself, but my wife's family has and her father has a good grip on how things should be run (his wife runs her own business).
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 10-22-2006, 12:08 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Do I need to be certified and/or licensed to do a design and build landscaping business (small projects) in Pennsylvania? I've searched around and only could find landscape architect licenses.
Have you seen this site?http://www.plna.com/content/?/member...ation-programs
I think there is a possibility you might need a business license and you can find that out through your local township but that's probably it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Is it viable to run a landscaping business solo? (no hardscaping or mowing...yet).
You never know until you try. I think most lawn care operators mow because it creates cash flow. It is steady work. It might not be as easy to get started with steady work by offering only landscaping.

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Am I crazy?
I don't think you are. Why should your dreams of owning your own business be any crazier than others who are doing it?

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]Any advice would be great.
Have you thought about how you will advertise? What services you want to offer. Who you will market these services too?
How will you fund your operations until it can generate a positive cash flow?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-25-2006, 04:03 PM
myrlin myrlin is offline
Members
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
Posts: 242
Rep Power: 10
myrlin
Default

jump in with both feet and do it.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-25-2006, 06:56 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

I agree
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-25-2006, 07:32 PM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Some landscaping stuff you do not need a license for. *For example, here you do not need a landscaping license, but once you start to build huge retaining walls, or changing the grade then you will need a license

I like the idea of her family helping out, but then again I don't. *A lot of times when you have family members try to help you out, it usually turns into disaster. *I don't like the idea of your father in law helping you out. *I mean, it's great that he can give you advice, but don't let him look at your books. *It really is none of his business and way too personal in my opinion.

If the family wants to help out now and then with work, or giving advice I would take it, but that is all I would do. *Anything further I would turn down.

If I was you I would really try to incoporate the hardscapes into your work though. *Hardscapes right now are a HUGE selling point for customers. *I know one local guy here that all he does is hardscapes and hydroseeding. *He makes a killing doing it.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-25-2006, 08:01 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]If I was you I would really try to incoporate the hardscapes into your work though.
Does that include lighting projects?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-25-2006, 08:29 PM
tiedeman
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Oct. 25 2006,9:01)]
Quote:
Originally Posted by [b
Quote[/b] ]If I was you I would really try to incoporate the hardscapes into your work though.
Does that include lighting projects?
Lighting in my opinion is a whole new area, seperate from hardscapes
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-28-2006, 02:50 PM
All Aspects Landscaping All Aspects Landscaping is offline
James
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 508
Rep Power: 8
All Aspects Landscaping is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

One big area that is growing by leaps and bounds is landscape lighting. We've been doing outdoor low voltage lighting for about 2 years now. The profit is unbelievable and now I try to incorporate it in every installation job... awesome upsell. I you need more info feel free to email me and Ill put you in touch with a local guy (NJ PA NY DE VA) who does seminars and you will also get a certification from them. Im owner operater of a small company out of South Jersey. Been doing it for over 10 years and I love it!! All headaches and hassles aside!! Good luck to you all.
Jamie
allaspectslandscaping@yahoo.com
__________________

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-30-2006, 01:50 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is online now
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 36,519
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Jamie,

How do you handle your electrical connections? Do you do it yourself or do you have an electrician?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-30-2006, 02:55 PM
All Aspects Landscaping All Aspects Landscaping is offline
James
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 508
Rep Power: 8
All Aspects Landscaping is an unknown quantity at this point
Default

The transformers are setup to plug into an existing GFI on to outside of the customers' house (or other location). If one is not present, I then instruct the customer to contact an electritian to install one. All connections from the transformer out is solderd (sp) and wire nut connections are used.
__________________

Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Lawn Care business...
crieg122
Yesterday 01:23 PM
Today 01:11 PM
by Steve
4 139
My Newest Toy (B.P....
Dan Tanner
Yesterday 05:50 PM
Today 01:02 PM
by Steve
1 84
Pressure Washing Like a...
TNTurf
08-01-2014 11:47 PM
Today 01:00 PM
by Steve
11 843
12 Years in Business!
Chilehead
Yesterday 08:07 AM
Yesterday 11:08 PM
by Chilehead
2 116
Dealing With Gas Can...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:41 PM
Yesterday 11:06 PM
by Chilehead
9 319
raking leaves ?
robert8509
10-22-2014 09:19 PM
Yesterday 06:40 PM
by robert8509
7 215
hey everyone
robert8509
10-22-2014 08:16 PM
Yesterday 06:16 PM
by robert8509
5 166
Cheapskate Landlord...
Mr. Mow
10-20-2014 06:33 AM
Yesterday 05:55 PM
by biglee
13 426
Hi from SoCal
Jmoney
Yesterday 11:29 AM
Yesterday 12:51 PM
by Steve
1 94
Workmans compensation...
CDLAWNCARE
10-15-2014 08:05 AM
Yesterday 12:33 PM
by Steve
5 541
Pda
stevef1201
10-18-2014 02:05 PM
Yesterday 06:12 AM
by ringahding1
4 372
Leaf Box & Loader Set...
ringahding1
10-21-2014 06:20 AM
Yesterday 05:13 AM
by ringahding1
5 261
Hello, from TEXAS
sanchez5
10-17-2014 09:56 PM
10-22-2014 01:27 PM
by Steve
6 436
Organic Lawn Care...
NHray
10-17-2014 06:05 PM
10-22-2014 01:23 PM
by Steve
3 413
Hi Steve From West...
Mr. Mow
10-21-2014 01:59 PM
10-22-2014 01:19 PM
by Steve
1 189
Help a brother...
tbtigers03
09-28-2014 11:41 AM
10-22-2014 08:51 AM
by ringahding1
12 1,553
first year update
cmdlawncare
08-12-2014 05:41 PM
10-22-2014 07:47 AM
by ringahding1
4 1,370
What parts do you carry...
Just for Cuts
10-17-2014 09:08 AM
10-21-2014 01:36 PM
by Mr. Mow
16 688
Jungle to Beautiful
stevef1201
10-17-2014 09:54 AM
10-21-2014 01:26 PM
by stevef1201
11 540
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-22-2014 09:12 AM
10-21-2014 01:19 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
158 11,450
Sunny Beach Tennis...
SGL1
10-19-2014 11:24 PM
10-21-2014 01:04 PM
by SGL1
4 291
Have you ever had to...
SouthernRootsLawnCare
07-26-2014 02:41 PM
10-20-2014 08:34 PM
by biglee
10 1,848
Look out Bob Villa -...
Mr Dave
09-30-2014 10:06 AM
10-20-2014 05:42 PM
by SGL1
7 1,348
how to fi d commercial...
mchampion319
10-19-2014 09:50 PM
10-20-2014 04:41 PM
by Steve
1 257
Hello From Tennessee
mrmann901
10-17-2014 10:02 PM
10-20-2014 04:24 PM
by Steve
1 330
questions on order to...
jack2048
10-13-2014 11:15 AM
10-20-2014 03:27 PM
by Mr. Mow
15 780
This sucks...
Matther777
09-18-2014 04:56 PM
10-20-2014 02:14 PM
by Steve
14 2,234
Cement mixer
KevinsLawns
10-15-2014 08:03 PM
10-20-2014 02:11 PM
by Steve
7 519
Hello ! New guy Rob here
RWorthley1
10-17-2014 04:05 PM
10-20-2014 02:09 PM
by Steve
1 362
Snow Blowing
gwilson98
10-12-2014 02:21 PM
10-17-2014 02:51 PM
by Steve
6 698
Spreading Weeds?
WesleySnips
07-27-2014 09:46 PM
10-17-2014 07:49 AM
by SGL1
6 1,003
Grasswhoopins.com Anyone...
GRASS WHOOPINS
06-21-2011 11:38 PM
10-16-2014 01:30 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
42 9,366
I Want to buy old...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-10-2014 10:04 PM
10-15-2014 09:12 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
6 723
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
10-15-2014 06:43 PM
by NHray
1,190 340,276
Do you find weed eating...
chuck2s
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
10-15-2014 02:10 PM
by chuck2s
0 448
Incorporating &...
WesleySnips
10-01-2014 09:39 PM
10-15-2014 01:37 PM
by kslawn
20 1,544
Falling into business
stellarmowing
09-28-2014 04:35 PM
10-15-2014 05:57 AM
by ringahding1
8 1,557
Apartment Complex and...
lxarth
06-22-2011 01:10 PM
10-14-2014 06:25 PM
by jrs.landscaping
42 9,644
I LOVE hedge trimming
stevef1201
10-13-2014 09:05 AM
10-14-2014 01:06 PM
by Steve
5 582
Help with seeder...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-09-2014 07:39 AM
10-13-2014 08:09 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
5 742
The Market watch
WesleySnips
10-12-2014 08:47 PM
10-13-2014 05:40 PM
by SGL1
3 583
Help pricing a large...
Bradcook21
10-07-2014 06:49 AM
10-13-2014 02:00 PM
by Steve
7 930
leaf removal
Double J LLC
10-03-2014 04:24 PM
10-13-2014 06:46 AM
by Billy Goat
19 1,583
Acerage Rake
acrajchel
04-23-2014 07:23 PM
10-12-2014 10:53 PM
by SGL1
2 897
John Deere z235 Deck
WesleySnips
09-29-2014 06:02 PM
10-12-2014 06:20 PM
by kslawn
25 1,707
Credit card contract
SGL1
10-06-2014 05:31 PM
10-12-2014 03:40 PM
by SGL1
18 1,119
Truck craft dump bed...
ExtremeLawncareServices
10-04-2014 08:41 PM
10-10-2014 11:35 AM
by Steve
7 1,027
First Time River Rock...
berryjam
10-09-2014 06:09 PM
10-10-2014 11:08 AM
by Steve
2 668
West cost lawn prices
SGlawncare
10-09-2014 09:51 PM
10-10-2014 11:03 AM
by Steve
1 657
Question?what should I...
dalvan0
09-24-2014 11:10 PM
10-09-2014 05:58 PM
by kslawn
28 2,197
» Popular Tags
4wd apartment bid apartment lawn care estimate applying bob villa bush charge christmas commercial deliquentaccounts demonstration exmark ferris first truck georgia gopherhaul gravely hardscapes hills holiday honda how much to charge how to hydraulic labor cost landscape services lawn lawn care lawn care busines plan lawn care business book lawn care business podcast lawn care business seo lawn care business show lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website lawn care website seo lighting brass outdoor lights managing a lawn care business marketing mechanic monthly mowing mulch mulch price new business patio install podcast property management company push versus ride savannah scag scag v-ride seo shell snow plowing starting a business starting a lawn care business start up lawn care business stihl sulky toro tractor auger trailer mate pro tree truck new used landscape walker won't return wright stander rh
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:36 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:36 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy