Willing to share Business Plan?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jcal0914, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. jcal0914

    jcal0914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I am starting a lawn care company in northwest SC and resent member of these forums. I think this is awesome to have a supportive community to grow with.

    Wondering if someone could(maybe even in the same climate as me) share their business plan with me to help in the process. This way I could gain more insight and have a basic outline.

    Thank you all in advance for your help!!

  2. socallawndude

    socallawndude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    Hey Jeff, the business plan is simple really...learn as much as you can about how to maintain a landscape (and never stop learning) , keep advertising and doing cards/flyers til you have as much work as you can handle and are comfortable doing and when youre completely booked up, then consider whether or not you want to hire people on and expand. Sure, there may be alot more to it than that in a technical sense, but in a nutshell, that's really all it is that anyone on this site has done/is doing. Good luck with your business.
  3. jcal0914

    jcal0914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    I should have put that I am looking for something in writing that is usually presented for credit at banks and maybe even investors.


  4. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    A Business plan is NOT something that's shared.

    it's a simple GOAL type plan that's personal.

    some people have to remind thereselves to brush there teeth in the morning.
    I'm sure this is NOT you, nor would it work for you
  5. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    Exactly, I have a 30 page business plan that I WILL not share unless I know you.

    If you're looking for outline help, formatting, ideas, etc, ask me, I'll help you. But unless we become good friends, you ain't seeing my plan, especially revenue projections :waving:
  6. jcal0914

    jcal0914 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 9

    Thanks guys.

    I am definitely not looking for a total handout here. Don't want to get off on the wrong foot.
    It would be wonderful if someone had and outline that is in this industry to help with the business plan.
    Don't worry about sharing personal info, I'm not trying to pry here.

  7. GMLC

    GMLC LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,345

    A business plan is very specific to your area and is what seperates good companies from bad ones. This is where your own ideas will make or break your business and test your dedication to stick with your plan. You can look online for basic business plans or any landscaping/lawn care business book will have one. Some states have free help available to start a business and put together a plan. A bank will want a very specific plan and may also help put it together.
  8. rockerchris

    rockerchris LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    I agree with every one, a Business Plan should be confidential. It is essential the nucleus of your business and should contain very detailed plans regarding the implementation of your business and more importantly how you plan on marketing it to potential customers. Now is that something that you would want in the hands of your competitors?

    Do a Google search on "how to write a business plan" and I am absolutely certain you will have one of your own in no time. Just take time to write it out, and be sure to set S.M.A.R.T. goals.
  9. bohiaa

    bohiaa LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,220

    if your looking for a template. simply do a search. there ate tons of them.

    It's nothign special. simply sit down and start writting out your plans/Goals.

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