Business Planning for Tree Care Companies
Editor's Note: This post is an excerpt from TCIA's Business Management Guide.
If you’re a tree care company owner without a business plan, you’re not alone. Despite the critical importance of a business plan, many entrepreneurs in all industries drag their feet when it comes to preparing a written document.
But just as a builder won’t begin construction without a blueprint, eager business owners shouldn’t rush into new ventures, add new service lines, or start new marketing campaigns without a business plan.
A few tips to get started:
- When budgeting your plan’s length, go for the shortest possible plan consistent with your business’s scale, objective of the plan, etc.
- The plan should assign tasks to people or departments, and set milestones and deadlines for tracking implementation
- A practical business plan includes 10 parts implementation for every one part strategy
- Use a comprehensive Contents Page to stay organized as you are writing your business plan
- Treat the business plan as a living document, one that is modified as you gain knowledge and experience
TCIA's Business Management Guide
If the process seems overwhelming, get step-by-step business planning instruction with TCIA’s Business Management Guide, a resource exclusive to TCIA members. Divided into four parts, this comprehensive resource includes:
- An introduction to basic business planning techniques
- A sample tree care business plan, based on real business plans of TCIA Accredited companies
- A strategic business planning workbook
- Business analysis tools such as GAP and SWOT
- Advanced business planning tips for large tree care companies
Click here to become a TCIA member, and access the complete Business Management Guide.