The goal of any business is to bring in as much profit as possible. If you’re only breaking even with your business, then you’re just taking on the full stress with none of the rewards, and that’s if you’re still taking home a good salary. That’s why it’s important to figure out ways to minimize your overhead and rework your business approach so you can comfortably pay your employees, manage your company, and bring home a healthy profit along the way.
This ultimate goal can apply to anyone, but those working in the outside world like landscapers or gardeners have it harder. The smallest issue could suddenly mean a delay, or an increase in costs. While you can pass some of those costs on to your client, when the problem is due to your own mistakes, it’s better to absorb those costs instead.
You can absolutely save money without cutting corners, especially when you start using these top tips.
Buy Materials Wholesale
Buying materials wholesale is a great way to start. One, because it’s a great way to lower the costs of your budget if you’re paid upfront. If your client is paying for the materials separately, then it’s a great way to get everything you need in one go, saving you time and therefore money. The bonus of passing the savings of your wholesale landscape supply order on to your clients is a huge boost in satisfaction and trust. You can then either buy back what’s left and use it for other jobs or sell it to other businesses.
Have Clients Buy Materials Separately
If you’re currently offering one single price for everything, materials and labor included, you’re making a huge mistake. Materials can change in price for so many reasons. Supply chain issues, lack of availability, popularity — the list just goes on.
Don’t just look up the price quickly and then build that into your quote. Instead, offer a quote for the services, and then have your clients pay for the materials separately. In general, you’ll want to give them three similar options based on what they want and need. This way, they can choose the best price versus value for their budget, and you don’t need to faff around.
Use Professional Design Tools
The last thing you want is to hear that the work you’re doing isn’t what the client had in mind. It’s also not necessary. Instead, get and learn how to use top landscaping design tools and have a long meeting with your client to design their dream space with a visual resource at their disposal. This way, everyone will know what it will look like once it comes together.
Use Project Management Tools
Project management is essential, especially if you’re working with subcontractors. Not only can such tools help keep everyone on track with the job, but it can also make things like renting tools or paying people on time far easier. With AI assistance as well, many essential processes can be automated, which means you have more time to tackle the problems that need a little creative thinking to solve.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website's content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra's expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.