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Launching a business you are passionate about is an exciting milestone. But there's plenty of planning to do first to ensure you put down roots that set you up for success.
Read on to find out what you'll need to know before starting your tree surgeon business.
The skills and qualifications needed for a tree surgeon vary by state in Australia. However, it is generally recommended that at the very least you complete a traineeship in AHC30810 Certificate III in Arboriculture.
This certificate teaches you how to:
The course fee for Certificate III in Arboriculture is estimated to be around $10,000 for a duration of 18 to 24 months. You may choose to complement your course with an apprenticeship.
Before starting your tree surgeon business, it's important to be clear on the structure of your organisation. The most common business models to be aware of are:
Ultimately, you'll have to choose the structure that is right for you and your business model.
Once you have decided on your business structure, you'll then need to register your business and your business' name, register your GST for tax purposes and gather the necessary documents for record-keeping.
Also, you'll want to get peace of mind that you have all of the necessary legal documents in place from the start of your business journey.
You can access online legal services with membership or annual fee with the likes of Sprintlaw, Lawpath, LawDepot, LegalVision and Wonder Legal. Helpfully, many brands like these also offer legal templates that help you to draft your own documents and agreements.
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There are a range of ways you can source more customers for your business. For example, online jobs marketplaces like Airtasker can link you up with clients who are looking to hire your service.
Here are some of the leading platforms in Australia:
Every tree is a different job, so your services will vary according to the complexity of the work. Consider factors such as the number of workers, the size of the job and the equipment needed when calculating the cost of a job.
As a general guide, tree surgeons might charge rates of about $35 per hour. The cost for a tree surgeon to remove a medium-sized tree could be around $500.
Like any business, there can be days when work is slow. To help supplement your services, you might consider looking into the following services:
Before you begin any of the services, you'll want to look at all the legal requirements and licenses that apply to your state.
What equipment is needed to start a tree surgeon business?
The Arborist Safe Work Practices guide provides a list of some equipment that is used by tree surgeons. The equipment that's typically essential to your business includes a harness, safety equipment, chopping tools, log handling devices, hammers, chisels, load control devices, an elevation platform and a truck.
What are the common tree problems tree surgeons can help with?
A tree surgeon inspects trees to figure out their condition. They also recommend the appropriate treatment for a diseased tree(s). They offer help with the following:
Why should I have my trees pruned?
Regularly pruning your trees keeps them healthy by encouraging stable re-growth. Pruning removes deadwood which could cause significant limb or tree failure.
What is an arborist report?
A report is a document that's needed to comply with a development application lodged for any new significant changes to a property. An arborist will consider the conditions of the trees on the property and how the development will impact their future health. The report will determine if the trees will cause any future harm to the persons or property.Back to top
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