Building a Strong Career as an Outdoor Landscape Designer

Building a Strong Career as an Outdoor Landscape Designer
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    The main role of a landscape designer is to create a pleasing landscape that meets aesthetic and functional needs whether in residential or commercial application.

    Landscape designers have a pretty cool job, as they tend to get creative and involved hands-on with their work.

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If you want to build a career as an outdoor landscape designer, there are a few important things that you need to do.

Get an associates or bachelors degree

Landscape designers are greatly involved with horticulture and field preparation methods such as planting designs, construction principles and landscape maintenance among others. You can join an undergraduate program in landscape design, horticulture or a related field, to prepare you for the world ahead. You can even get an internship while still in school, just to start gaining some practical knowledge about the art of landscaping. You can additionally strengthen your educational background by taking courses in contracts, business management and estimation to sharpen your business sense.

Boost your technical skills

You can boost your technical skills in using design software such as AutoCAD. This will not only increase your knowledge base but also chances of finding a job and advancing your career. The world is fas  moving into a technological age. Drawing plans by hand is a great way to get the concept of your mind but you still need to go digital and create full 3D images of what your landscape will look like for client presentation.

Learn how to work with storage sheds

We cannot underestimate the need for the family home to have a storage shed. Extra storage always comes in handy. There are garden sheds for sale all over the internet and in home supply stores. Your clients will expect you to be able to integrate these sheds seamlessly into the design to make their homes look great.

Networking

Most of the landscaping jobs that you will get will be through your networks. This is why you need to do a lot of networking as a landscaper. You should capitalize on your internships while in school to build networks with construction companies, home décor companies and other important players in the industry, who can help you land jobs. You can join communities online and maintain close touch with former clients as they can refer you to new ones.

Get certified

Many consumers today are extremely keen on getting quality services. They are always on the lookout for certifications and these can help you land more jobs. You should be certified and maintain this certification by consistently providing your clients with quality work. The certification requirements often include proof of education, portfolios, client references, licenses and other important details to your professional reputation.

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To maintain certification, you need to constantly submit evidence of the approved work you have done on a regular schedule. Do not allow your career to lag behind, be proactive and work on your client base so that you can become a household name when people talk about landscape design.

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