How to Start a Tree Removal Business

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Tree removal is some of the hottest, hardest, dirtiest and most dangerous work around. You must have no fear of heights, and you must be in excellent physical condition in order to succeed. As a result of these requirements, tree removal experts are very much in demand, and they can charge top dollar for providing their services to grateful homeowners and businesses. Owning your own tree removal business takes guts and know-how, but it can be a rewarding endeavor.

  • Get the proper training. Training and certification will let potential clients know that you are serious and responsible. Earn a certificate in safe chainsaw use through your local community college. You can study to become a Certified Tree Worker/ Climber Specialist through the International Society of Arboriculture. It is essential that you have the right training in order to avoid injury while removing trees.

  • Take care of all the paperwork. Consult an attorney to be sure you comply with any laws that apply to the operation of your tree removal business. You may need a business license, depending on your local laws. You will certainly need insurance to cover any employees you hire, as well as yourself. You will need worker's compensation insurance to provide for any employee who is injured while on the job. Apply for a small business loan if needed.

  • Purchase equipment. You will need climbing equipment such as static and dynamic ropes, spurs, lanyards and saddles, as well as a chainsaw, a large saw and a climbing saw. Be sure that all equipment meets OSHA standards for safety. If you want to work for any large companies they will require this. You will have to keep a log of the hours your ropes are used, and replace them regularly.

  • Find customers. One of the best places to get clients is through your local garden centers. Get to know the owners and ask them to refer customers to you who might be in need of your tree removal services. Let your friends and family know that you are in business, and give them each a stack of your business cards to pass out to potential customers. Call your local utility companies and ask about doing contract work for them.

  • Give the best service you possibly can. Charge a fair price and go the extra mile to make your customers happy. In this way, your tree removal business will grow steadily through referrals from your satisfied customers.

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