Get Paid For Doing What You Love: Becoming a Professional Landscaper

Does the thought of working outdoors all day sound like the perfect job for you? Or perhaps you love working with natural elements and have a sharp eye for design.

If either of the above describes you, and you have a natural love for gardening, then taking your passion to the next level and becoming a landscaping contractor may be the perfect professional path for you.

The great thing about landscaping is that you don’t need a huge nest egg of startup capital to get started. And with a few simple tools and the determination to meet your goals, you’ll be out in your community, landing clients in no time.

You’ll need to complete a few simple steps to get started turning your passion into profit. And the following post will help to get you started earning money as a professional landscaping contractor.

Gather Your Tools

Where you might have only needed a few tools, such as shovels and the like, for gardening, you will need a larger variety of tools when you take on larger landscaping jobs.

Perhaps the most important of all the tools you’ll need is a reliable and professional-looking work truck. And you might need something a bit more heavy-duty in order to haul large equipment and materials.

As such, if you don’t have access to a professional work truck just starting, you can rent one as needed for your heavy lifting projects. And you can always purchase one of your own later on down the road when business starts to pick up.

Remember, a professional appearance will also be a deciding factor when landing jobs, so a professional rental is a great strategy when you first start.

Build a Portfolio

Before you can land clients, you’ll need at least a small body of work to show prospective clients what type of work you’re capable of. And this will need to include before and after shots of your landscaping projects in the form of a portfolio.

You might wonder how to build a portfolio without first landing any clients. If you’re determined enough, you could do some landscaping projects on your property to showcase your skills or ask friends and family to see if they’d be willing to allow you to work for them.

You’ll also want to have a physical portfolio that you can show clients in person and a digital portfolio that you can showcase on your website or social media profiles.

Market Yourself

Luckily, in 2021, you can market yourself in various ways. You can turn to social media marketing and share content about your landscaping journey with your friends and followers.

Or you can add a blog to your website and talk about your landscaping projects and other topics and trends in the landscaping space.

But one of the best methods for landing clients is to get out there and start knocking on doors and advertising locally. For example, you could begin by driving around your neighborhood and checking out properties that you think could use your eye for design and landscaping skills.

You could also ask your neighbors about doing landscaping work or branch out and establish relationships with other contractors who operate within your local community.

Chances are you might run into a construction professional or two who know of people who need landscaping work done. All you have to do is ask!

Beginning a business venture takes hard work, determination, and persistence. And if you really have a passion for gardening and making a property look its best, then you should have no problem landing clients as you progress professionally. 

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