Many homeowners do not have the time, energy, or commitment to creating beautiful garden spaces. Turn your gardening passion into a profitable business by following our seven steps to creating a successful landscaping company. When it comes to landscaping equipment, Stihl Cape Town power tools from B&S Commercial Power will be your best investment for your landscaping company.
B&S Commercial Power:
B&S Commercial Power is your local supplier of power tools. B&S Commercial Power both imports and manufactures a range of power tools suitable to any commercial or home project. Our excellent power tool products are then matched by our team of professional technicians who will happily advise you on any queries.
When it comes to the power tools that we supply, only equipment of superb quality and longevity will be acceptable at B&S Commercial Power. This is why Stihl Cape Town is one of the highly esteemed products you will find on our shelves.
Stihl Cape Town:
Stihl Cape Town is a leading supplier of powerful, durable, and efficient equipment. Stihl power tools assist you in getting any job done easily and quickly. Stihl is known for its highly effective chainsaws, but every Stihl power tool is of equal quality and high standards.
Stihl is always working on improving its power tools. Stihl perfectly blends advanced technology with revolutionary ideas to provide power tools suited to any commercial or at-home need. Stihl is focused on creating power tools that are unbeaten in user experience and enjoyment.
Stihl Cape Town Products at B&S Commercial Power:
There are various Stihl Cape Town products available at B&S Commercial Power. You will find a variety of Stihl Cape Town trimmers, blowers, brush cutters, and chainsaws. All Stihl Cape Town power tools available at B&S Commercial Power are highly suited to a landscaping company and will be a worthwhile investment.
Starting a Landscaping Company:
If you have a passion for landscaping, an unbeaten knowledge of plants, and a will to always put in the effort needed to create stunning garden spaces, then you should consider starting a landscaping company. We have listed the pros and cons of starting a landscaping company so that you are prepared to start this journey.
- Your office is outdoors.
- There are numerous homeowners with garden spaces in Cape Town which means there is a demand for a trustworthy and professional landscaping company.
- Landscaping businesses can be profitable.
- You get to meet new people and work in different settings regularly.
- You can uplift your community by creating beautiful outdoor spaces.
- There are steep start-up costs.
- The landscaping industry is highly competitive.
- Weather conditions, especially winters in the Western Cape, can affect your work.
- Landscaping is physically taxing.
- Running a landscaping company can be daunting and overwhelming.
Steps to Start a Landscaping Company:
If you have decided that the pros outweigh the cons, then it is time to start your landscaping company. Turn your passion for making garden spaces beautiful into profitable income with these easy steps to start your landscaping company.
In the same way that no one trusts a skinny chef, no one will trust your landscaping company if your back garden is wild and unkempt. You need to have experience with landscaping and maintaining a garden to have credibility in the landscaping industry. On top of the experience in your garden, it is also suggested to gain experience from an established landscaping company.
Alongside your practical experience, there are numerous landscaping courses that you can do to increase your theoretical knowledge. Understanding the plants, soil, and climate specific to Cape Town is important. Both practical and theoretical experience will separate a novice from a professional landscaper.
2) Compile a Portfolio:
A few gorgeously arranged pot plants and a uniquely designed strip of garden at the back of your home is not enough to give your landscaping company credibility. This is where friends and family come in. Create a well-established portfolio of gardens that have had your green fingers work their magic in. Remember to always take before and after photos as these will become important for marketing your business at a later stage.
3) Create Your Business:
Before you take this step, you need to decide whether you have enough passion and commitment to see your business through every step of growth. Starting a small business has its unique challenges but the rewards can be unbeatable if it is successful.
Firstly, you need to decide on a name for your landscaping business. This is a great starting point as it will ultimately drive the vision of your landscaping company. Take time and create a landscaping company name that is unique and personal to you.
You need to decide what services your landscaping company will offer. This can range from everyday garden work such as hedge trimming, lawn cutting, and soil supplying, to the creative, such as creating unique plant designs, incorporating local sculptures, and planting enviable vegetable gardens.
It is important to do thorough research before starting your landscaping company. Explore your competitor landscaping companies in the area and see what services they are providing. Try and find niche services that other companies have missed out on.
Select the areas you are going to offer your landscaping services. It is important to remember that landscaping is a luxury and that you need to choose areas that will be able to afford landscaping services. The areas you choose also need to be easily accessible to you.
Now it is time to dot your “i’s” and cross your “t’s” and register your landscaping company. All small businesses need to be registered with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) and the South African Revenue Service (SARS). There is also the South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) which you will need to register. Registering your landscaping company shows that your company is legal, credible, and within relevant regulations.
A successful business is built on great relationships with suppliers. Find local suppliers which will provide you with all your needed plants, soil, landscaping elements, and tools. B&S Commercial Power has you covered with any Stihl Cape Town garden tools you will need for your landscaping company.
Bring out your calculator, it is time to start crunching numbers. You need to figure out your exact rates for your landscaping company. Every project will differ, but you need to have a set rate for your time and effort, travel expenses, and your employees. You will then apply this to every project alongside the costs of the needed supplies to transform the garden space. You also need to consider whether you will have a quote fee.
4) Purchase Equipment:
Every successful landscaping company needs to be fully equipped with a wide range of tools needed for any type of landscaping project. B&S Commercial Power will happily help with any Stihl Cape Town power tools which you will need for your landscaping company.
Stihl Cape Town power tools are highly recommended for a landscaping company. They are hardy, robust, and get any garden work done effectively and efficiently. Investing in Stihl Cape Town power tools for your landscaping company will be a once-off payment. This saves you money in the long run as you will not have to be constantly replacing your tools.
We have compiled a general list of the common gardening tools any landscaping company will need.
- Push mower or ride-on mower.
- Leaf blower.
- Hand saw.
- Hammer and chisel.
- Personal protective equipment, such as gloves, goggles, boots, and overalls.
- Waste bags.
It is important to keep your equipment well maintained and stored correctly to ensure longevity. This will help reduce unnecessary costs to your landscaping company.
An adequate vehicle is tremendously important for a landscaping company. You need enough space to be able to transport your equipment and plants easily to your projects. It is suggested to invest in a pick-up truck or similar vehicle for your landscaping company. Have a tow hitch attached to your vehicle so that you can attach a trailer for larger landscaping projects.
5) Build Your Brand:
Building a brand means creating a business identity. At the core of your business, you need to retain the importance of your customer’s experience, your work needs to be of high quality, and you should be adding value to a garden space.
The first step to take is to create a brand logo. This will be your identifying factor that people will come to recognise as your landscaping company. Create an original logo that will reflect the style, values, and heart of your landscaping company.
Creating the logo will then direct the colour palette, typography, style design, and ethos of your landscaping company. Ensure that you stick to these brand elements consistently with every landscaping project. A consistent brand develops a trusting relationship between the landscaping company and the community.
6) Hire Employees:
Every gardener will know that beneath that rich soil and in between those selectively placed succulents is the blood, sweat, and sometimes tears, of someone who put a lot of effort and time into making that garden beautiful.
As a start-up business, we suggest starting with one or two committed employees who understand your gardening ethos. Landscaping is difficult, time-consuming work, and can often require extra hands to ensure the job is completed quickly and perfectly.
7) Market Your Business:
Now it is time to sew the seed of your landscaping company in the minds of everyone in your target areas. You will understand your target market based on the areas you have decided to offer your landscaping services. Do thorough research on your target market to create relevant marketing schemes.
There are numerous successful ways to market your landscaping company. Having a presence on social media platforms, such as Instagram or Facebook, will help a wider range of people become exposed to your landscaping company. This is where the photos from your portfolio become useful.
The best marketing is word-of-mouth. Ensuring that every landscaping project is done professionally, efficiently, and with care is an easy way to have your phone buzzing with new inquiries.
If you are unsure of how to market your landscaping business successfully, there are numerous Cape Town-based marketing companies that will happily help. The marketing of your landscaping company can make or break your business and so it is suggested to leave it in the hands of professionals. Besides, when your hands are full of soil the last thing you want to be doing is uploading images to your company’s social media accounts.
Start a successful landscaping company with our seven steps and make a worthwhile investment in Stihl Cape Town power tools for your landscaping company.