1. What is an eco-friendly landscape maintenance business?
The U.S. has 58 million residential lawns, and Americans spend $25 billion annually with professional lawn care service providers. This company maintains landscapes (lawns, shrubs, gardens, patios, and hardscapes) using eco-friendly landscape maintenance equipment like rechargeable electric lawn mowers and battery powered hard-surface sweepers, effectively doing the same job as conventional landscape maintenance companies but with more environmentally friendly equipment. It also helps clients reevaluate their landscapes in order to reduce the need for chemicals and water, or to assist them in managing their landscapes for a variety of other eco-friendly uses.
2. What required knowledge or skills are necessary?
Entrepreneur must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, conduct physically demanding work in varying climatic conditions, including heat, rain, cold, and lack of shade. Entrepreneur must be able to maintain a client spreadsheet using Excel or similar software or at least be adept with paper record keeping. Unless using a bicycle tote, entrepreneur must be able to drive a vehicle capable of towing a utility trailer. Alternatively, entrepreneur may be able to hire employees with these attributes.
3. How much money is required to start?
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4. What is the income potential?
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5. What is the best location for an eco-friendly landscape maintenance business?
It doesn’t matter where you start this business, since you’ll be traveling to job sites. Most of your clientele for this kind of business will be in urban or semi-urban environments, however, and therefore to maximize your efficiency and penetration of this market, you might benefit if you currently live in one of these areas.
6. Three best questions to ask yourself to find out if this business is right for you (if you can answer yes to all three, this business might be for you):
Do you enjoy physical labor, working outside, and getting your hands dirty?
Can you conduct work outside without worrying about severe, debilitating allergies to pollen, fresh cut grass, or other plant-based allergens?
Do you enjoy the feeling of seeing the fruits of your labor every day, despite knowing that the next time you go to a particular job site, it will need almost exactly the same kind of service as you just performed?
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