One of the key ways in which you can enhance the profitability of a landscaping business is by subcontracting certain aspects of it. The objective in subcontracting the various aspects of the landscaping business would be to ultimately be able to concentrate on what you consider to be your ‘core’ competencies. Thus, you subcontract aspects that are not core to the business, so that you can concentrate on the core business: thereby enhancing efficiency and effectiveness.
One aspect of a landscaping business that you can subcontract is that of accounting, which you can subcontract to a specialized accounting firm.
Another aspect of a landscaping business that you can subcontract is that of staff-recruitment – which you can subcontract to a specialized HR placement firm.
Yet another aspect of a landscaping business which you can subcontract is that of IT. This is where you can have an IT specialist firm run the IT services for you. When it comes to things like IT desktop support, you can actually obtain it remotely, through services such as Logmein (www.logmein123.com), which some people also access at www.logmein.com. This approach, of subcontracting IT services, is one that you would find great support for within the business scholars community. That would include at, say, schools such as Harvard, Stanford and even mid-tier colleges like the Holy Cross College.
Most of the people who buy headphones do so with the intention of using them (the headphones) with electronic devices such as radios, phones, iPods, computers and so on. Now, it emerges that there are two types of electronic devices on which headphones are used.
The first type of electronic devices on which headphones are used are those which come with specialized ports for the connection of the headphones. The best devices in this class actually have standardized ports: which make it possible for any type of headphones to be connected. Thus, with these devices, you don’t have to go about researching to find out what are the best headphones for their ports: because the ports are standardized, to connect with all (common) types of headphones.
The second type of electronic devices on which headphones are used are those in which there are no specialized ports for the connection of the headphones. In these devices, some tweaking with the circuitry has to be done, before the headphones can be connected. Thus, for instance, if you have just bought the best noise-isolating in-ear headphones and you want to connect them to these sorts of devices, you first have to create the connection, by tweaking with the circuitry. Thankfully, the tweaking that is necessary is basic: not the sort of technical undertaking that would require a rocket science degree from, say, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
You need a good amount of capital, to start a landscaping company. Unfortunately, the circumstances are often such that the people setting up landscaping companies tend to have very limited capital resources. And that is what creates the need to minimize capital requirements when setting up such a company. Of course, each strategy that you use to minimize capital requirements when setting up a landscaping company means that you have to make a major compromise.
One way in which you can minimize capital requirements when setting up a landscaping company is by opting to use a home office initially, rather than renting office space. The compromise you make here is in that the home office would not be as ideal to work from as a proper office, because a proper office makes the company come across as a truly ‘serious’ enterprise.
Another way in which you can minimize capital requirements when setting up a landscaping company is by opting to rent the landscaping equipment, rather than buying. Of course, hiring can be expensive, and rather than hiring, you can opt to buy second hand landscaping equipment at, say, EBay. The compromise you make here is in that you miss out on the benefits you’d have gotten (in terms of efficiency and so on), had you opted to procure your own brand new landscaping equipment.
Yet another way in which you can minimize capital requirements when setting up a landscaping company is by opting to be involved in field work, rather than hiring supervisors right from the outset. Actually, you can go as far as even doing the landscaping work initially, rather than hiring people.