Lawn care and landscaping professionals often find it hard to transition to providing design-build services. Current employees in the business may be very skilled in hardscape or pool installation, but they may not be able to sit with a client and turn the ideas about the client’s property into a cohesive design. Hiring a landscape designer full-time may not be affordable, and the time spent in design could eat into a project’s budget pretty quickly.
But there is still a way for landscaping firms to provide design-build services in this situation, even for solo operators. And that is through outsourcing. By working smarter instead of harder, small landscape firms can deliver the same work that their larger competitors provide by outsourcing some of their business processes. And landscape design is one task that can be easily outsourced through a specialized service provider.
1. Access to Specialized Skills
Chances are that no one on your crew is already a landscape architect, so if you are looking into providing design services, you have a few options. You could hire an experienced landscape architect who can hit the ground running, but that will cost you. You could try to find a junior architect that just graduated, but training and getting that person up to speed will take time since most recent graduates won’t be job-ready.
By outsourcing to an engineering design services provider, you have access to not only the specialized skills of one employee but to a shared pool of talent managed and trained by experienced professionals. Your outsourced design team will bring years of experience with it.
2. Avoid Unnecessary Overhead
When you outsource landscape design services, you don’t need to pay for an office or studio for your designer. You also don’t have to worry about the associated costs of utilities, software licenses, and computers. All of those costs will be covered by the landscape design services provider you choose.
3. Streamline the Services You Provide
Outsourcing landscape design can also help you streamline your business processes. Design services providers have years of experience with a variety of projects. They know the ropes and have a basic workflow that they stick to. They have specified procedures for how information is shared, files are stored, delivery timeframes are set, and revisions are handled.
Once you and your design services provider agree on procedures and get into a rhythm, you will find that not only you will benefit, but your clients will as well because your services will be more predictable and reliable.
4. Flexible Labor Costs
Landscaping is a seasonal industry. It doesn’t matter which hemisphere of the globe you are in. There will be times when work is light, and that directly affects cash flow.
A slow period may give you a chance to focus on other aspects of your business, but you still have payroll to meet. If you hire a full-time landscape architect, you can count on losing money during those periods. But with outsourced landscape design, you can keep the cost of your labor in sync with your workflow. You will only have to pay for the work you need and avoid additional inconveniences like paid leave.
5. More Time
Everyone needs more time. As a landscape business owner, you need time to get through quotes, coordinate projects, and more. And if you are offering design-build services, you need more time to get designs completed.
Outsourcing landscaping design will give you and your team that time. Your external service provider is also geared specifically to deliver results faster, and at a higher professional standard than you might achieve in-house, so you can get more work done in the same amount of time.
If you’re ready to expand your landscape firm by providing design-build services, you can rely on PABS to be your design team while you focus on running your business. Learn how PABS can help by reaching out today.