How to Start a Home-Based Landscaping Business

ISBN-10: 0762738812
ISBN-13: 9780762738816
Edition: 5th 2006
Authors: Owen E. Dell
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Globe Pequot Press, The
Publication date: 12/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 7.50" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232

Santa Barbara, California, resident Owen E. Dell, a licensed landscape architect and landscape contractor, has been beautifying yards for almost thirty years. An award-winning garden designer, his gardens have been featured in the "Los Angeles Times," "California Landscape," "Sunset," and other publications.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
So You Think You Want to Be a Landscaper
Measuring the Landscaper's Life
What Kinds of Work Are Available and Who Does What?
Do You Have What It Takes?
Why Do You Want to Run Your Own Business?
Making the Transition: Amateur to Professional
Part Time or Full Time?
Getting Started
Starting from Scratch
Buying a Going Business
Working Out of Your Home
Tools and Equipment
Other Office Basics
The Bank Account
Insurance
Legal Considerations
Business Taxes
Defining Your Niche
Conclusion
Writing a Business Plan
Why Do a Business Plan, Anyway?
Preparing the Business Plan, Step-by-Step
Some Tips on Raising Money
Learning to Live with Record Keeping
Bookkeeping
General Business Records
Employees: A Joy and a Nuisance
How Many People Will You Need?
Job Categories (Field)
Finding Good Employees
Legal Requirements of Employers
Hiring
Developing an Employee Manual
Training Employees
Managing Employees
Record Keeping
Getting Work
Serving the Client Well
Marketing Basics
Getting the Work
Advertising
Alternative Forms of Marketing
Keeping Track of Potential Clients: Contact Report
Bidding
The Main Elements of a Bid
The Bidding Process, Step-by-Step
Submitting the Bid
Sample Bidding Forms
The Contract
Job Costing
Sales 101
Finally You Get to Do Some Real Work
Designing the Project
Project Management
Getting Along with Others
Getting Paid
Following Up on Your Jobs
Business Nightmares: Keeping Your Nose Clean
The Long Haul
After the Work Is Done
Guarantees
Liability for Work
Long-Term Management
Planning for Growth
Planning for Retirement
In Conclusion
Resources
Using the Internet
Business Plan Worksheet and Other Forms
Index
About the Author

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