Owning a business is a rewarding experience. When you’re the boss, you get to be fully in charge of your future. However, there are risks involved with starting a business, and every industry has its challenges.
We will discuss some of the barriers you’ll face as a business owner in the landscaping industry and how becoming a Mowbot franchisee can help you break through them.
What Are the Challenges of Owning a Landscaping Business?
There are plenty of challenges you might face when running a landscaping business. They include finding labor, dealing with weather, controlling noise, reducing pollution, and achieving profitability.
It’s hard to find good help these days. You can’t transport and operate a fleet of landscaping equipment without people. Landscaping business owners are looking for workers who are career-oriented with management potential, as well as seasonal employees who will work on demand.
Finding people who share your enthusiasm and objectives for your landscaping business can be a burden. They don’t have as much invested in the company as you do, and they don’t get as much in return. You have to provide value and offer incentives (such as reward and recognition programs) to find, hire, and keep good employees.
Dealing With Weather
Even if you have a qualified crew ready to tackle yards first thing in the morning, all it takes is a downpour to alter your plans. Your employees can’t cut the grass when it’s raining. A change in the weather puts them behind schedule and prevents them from getting through the entire list of customers they were supposed to serve that day.
It could take days or weeks for your crew to catch up from rainy-day setbacks. If it pours for several days in a row, the ground will be saturated for some time. Bringing in heavy mowers that sink into the mud and leave ruts behind doesn’t qualify as quality lawn care. As a result, your crew has to wait even longer for the ground to dry out while the grass continues to get higher.
Landscaping is loud. When an army of mowers, blowers, edgers, and trimmers is deployed in a customer’s yard, it gets noisy. Just imagine the decibel (dB) levels when more than one neighbor is getting serviced at the same time. Sounds above 85 dB are considered harmful to hearing. The average gas-powered mower is about 90 dB.
The disturbance has become such an issue that many homeowners associations (HOAs) are limiting landscaping work hours and putting caps on decibel levels. This means your crew may have to continually adjust their schedules to accommodate changing rules. You may also need to change out equipment to comply with decibel standards, even if it’s brand new.
Traditional methods of lawn care are bad for the environment. Conventional landscaping equipment is responsible for 5% of air pollution, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That’s because these tools and devices run on fossil fuels and release toxic emissions such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide.
The negative effects of gas-powered equipment are not only in the air, but they’re also on the ground. Gardeners and traditional lawn care companies spill more than 17 million gallons of fuel per year, according to the EPA. This contributes to groundwater contamination, which is difficult to clean up, not to mention costly.
All of the above challenges contribute to the biggest hurdle of all: achieving profitability. Managing employee turnover, weather delays, noise issues, and pollution concerns makes it hard for you to focus on your company’s growth. You spend a lot of time trying to figure out the most efficient way to make a bit of profit.
Strengthening cash flow at the operating, investing, and financing levels is vital for the financial health of your landscaping business. However, you won’t be able to concentrate on oversight of areas such as customer volume, equipment tracking, or payment methods if you’re busy trying to hire good workers and navigate HOA regulations.
How Does Mowbot Solve Landscaping Business Challenges?
When you become a Mowbot franchisee, our revolutionary technology will set you on a path to success in the landscaping industry.
With our robotic mowers, you’ll see a significant reduction in labor and a significant increase in reliability. Your robots aren’t affected by weather or time; they can work rain or shine, day or night. Robotic mowers run on batteries instead of fossil fuels, so your customers will enjoy peace and quiet plus environmentally-friendly perks.
The business model you’ll follow with Mowbot is structurally efficient and cost-effective. The sole focus of our executive team is to help you find lasting profitability. Our extensive experience in helping entrepreneurs like you reach their goals has allowed us to establish an industry-leading support platform.
Top 5 Challenges of Owning a Landscaping Business
Now you know the top five challenges of owning a business in the landscaping industry.
Dealing with labor, weather, noise, and pollution issues is hard enough. But trying to handle all of those problems can keep you from achieving your ultimate goal as a business owner: profitability.
With Mowbot’s clean, green, and quiet robotic mowers, you can overcome these challenges and build a successful landscaping operation.
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