Business Plan

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by chrismk, Sep 29, 2003.

  1. chrismk

    chrismk LawnSite Member
    from Ky
    Posts: 4

    Hello,
    I was wondering if there are any site's or books that can help me set up my business plan?
    Thank you
     
  2. Woody82986

    Woody82986 LawnSite Silver Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 2,128

    I would just do a simpe search on the internet to find sample business plans and guides. They are all over the internet.
     
  3. LawnLad

    LawnLad LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 738

    Define "Business Plan"? What are you writing? What kind of goals do you have?


    Try the Kaufman Foundation....
    http://www.emkf.org/
     
  4. chrismk

    chrismk LawnSite Member
    from Ky
    Posts: 4

    I keep hearing that before I start my business that I need to make a business plan. I'm not really sure what one is.
    Any help?
     
  5. Kohls Landscaping Co

    Kohls Landscaping Co LawnSite Member
    Posts: 188

    Definately go to the library and do some research. A business plan is pretty much a necessity if you want to become successful. I can't remember the title, (starting a home-based lawncare company i think), but it had great information about running a lawncare business and business plans. Any small business book will have information about business plans.
    Best of luck...
    Dave
     
  6. YardMeister

    YardMeister LawnSite Member
    Posts: 56

    This is another excuse to visit Barnes & Nobles book store. They have tons on this subject, and great coffee too!
     
  7. twins_lawn_care

    twins_lawn_care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 932

    Definitely before you go buy any kind of equipment, go and read some books. I wish we had, because it would have saved us a ton of money. Learn about all the ins and outs about running a business, THE RIGHT WAY, and then try to use what you read to start your business off right. There's lots and lots of info out there, and it doesn't cost you a penny to read up on it. It would be very wise to do so, that's my advice.
    On another note, good luck with your business. With the right attitude, and determination, you can be the owner of a successful business someday, and let me tell you, it is one of the most rewarding feelings there is.
    Good Luck :D
     
  8. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,124

    Here's a really good resource - SBA

    Randy
     
  9. Green in Idaho

    Green in Idaho LawnSite Senior Member
    from Idaho
    Posts: 833


    Was it this one Kohls?:
    How to Open and Operat a Home-based Landscaping Business
    http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=2WZ7FNC31V&isbn=076272482X&itm=1

    That is the 4th edition.


    I have the first, I think. It's from 1994.
    Chapter 3- Writing a business plan.

    A great resource especially for starting out. Also has good things for experienced operators like templates.

    As one gets deep into a business plan, one can use US Census data too. for stuff like how many single-familiy homes are there in your service areas? What is their average income? Age? etc....



    There are other thread on here about the topic found with the search function.
     
  10. Qdriver

    Qdriver LawnSite Member
    Posts: 188

    Try the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) Lexington,KY.

    A feasibility Plan is the more appropriate option for a start-up as it deals with future projections. A business plan focuses on past earnings, a start-up doesn't have 'em.

    My local SBDC has been very helpful for me.
     

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