Most homeowners and business owners know that good landscaping adds value to their home or business by leaving a positive first impression with their visitors. Although some people do the landscaping work and maintenance themselves, others leave it to professional companies they hire and pay. No formal degree is required to become a landscaper, but it is beneficial to be knowledgeable about the profession if you are starting your own landscaping business.

Develop a business plan. Write a business plan that details the different aspects of your business. Assess the strengths and weaknesses your landscaping business faces based on your region, competition from other landscapers and other factors that have the potential to benefit or detract from the success of your business. Detail your plans for marketing and making the business profitable.

Seek out funding. Go to a bank or credit union to apply for a loan. Take your business plan with you since financial institutions want to see proof your business will be a success. Visit the website of the U.S. Small Business Administration to learn if you qualify for low-interest start-up loans specifically designed for small businesses.

Apply for a license. Get a business license from your state or local government as required. Find out if any special endorsements or licenses are required since you are a landscape business. For example, the Georgia Department of Agriculture requires landscapers to obtain a commercial pesticide applicators license if they apply pesticide to a person's yard for pay.

Buy insurance. Visit with local business insurance agents to find out the cost of insurance for your landscaping business. At a minimum, purchase liability insurance to protect your business and its assets in the event a person is injured or property is damaged as a result of your actions as a landscaper.

Establish services and prices. Determine in advance what landscaping services you provide based on your knowledge and skills. These services can range from basic mowing and trimming to installation of rock beds, sidewalks, decks or irrigation lines. Draft a basic pricing sheet for the services, which you can use when providing an estimate to a potential client.

Purchase supplies and equipment. Obtain tools and supplies frequently used by landscapers for your business. Find a truck or trailer to use to haul the equipment and supplies to and from the job site. Buy disposable supplies such as plants, soil and fertilizer as needed.

Market your business. Attend professional business luncheons and networking events to meet business leaders and owners who may be in need of a landscaping company. Advertise services to the general public through advertisements in newspapers and on radio and television as well as flyers at local community centers, grocery stores and schools. Ask current clients if it's okay to place a yard sign advertising your services in their yard, and provide a discount as an incentive if needed.

Expand your business with the off-season. Winter months are often slow with landscaping jobs almost nonexistent. Consider additional services you can offer during the off-season to make your business money. Shoveling snow, raking leaves and hanging Christmas lights are just some of the options you have.